Trojans Spring into Action for Second Straight Year

    Members of the Watts Bears learned about commitment to education from Trojan women's soccer players.
    April 21, 2015

    For Trojan football players, the Spring Game offers an opportunity to see where the team stands after its slate of spring practices.

    The game serves as a culmination of the hard work put in over months of offseason workouts, and an opportunity to experience game speed for the first time since the end of the fall campaign.

    Two hundred local elementary school children experienced their own first on Saturday - their first opportunity to visit USC.

    Twelve members of the women's soccer team led three groups of kids through campus this past Saturday, stopping at athletic fields along to way to play a few games and learn about the Trojan athletics culture.

    The Watts Bears, comprised of children from the Nickerson Gardens, Imperial Courts and Jordan Downs Public Housing Developments, spent the day admiring the treasures of Heritage Hall, Cromwell Field and the McKay Center.

    The team, coached by LAPD officers, was full of energy as it made its way from one piece of Trojan history to the next.

    The SoCal Falcons pop warner football team and Joe Baca Middle School students were also represented for what has become a new Trojan Outreach tradition known as Spring into Action.

    USC senior quarterback Anthony Neyer organized the first Spring into Action last April when he invited local Los Angeles kids to experience the home of Trojan student-athletes.

    Having gained a new perspective with the women's soccer team, the groups headed to the Coliseum to catch Cody Kessler and company compete in the Spring Game.