Mesa College will host the men’s volleyball team from US Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on Friday, February 25. The evening has been designated “Mesa MVB Armed Forces Night.” All military and dependents will be admitted free of charge with a military ID. Normal Mesa College parking fees have also been waived for this event. In addition, donations will be accepted for the Semper Fi Fund, a Camp Pendleton-based foundation which assists injured or critically ill Marines and other members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The Friday match, and a second match between the two teams to be played at Camp Pendleton on March 9, are a result of a request from Camp Pendleton coach Adam Miller to Mesa MVB coach John Landicho, for a couple of matches for the USMC team. Marines on the team are training for tryouts for the All-Marine team, which then goes on to compete with other teams representing the other branches of the U.S. military.
Friday night’s match will be the first competitive match for the Marines players, which reinstated its volleyball program under Coach Miller’s leadership in September of 2010.
“Mesa men’s volleyball is extremely proud to support these Marines in their volleyball journey,” says Coach Landicho. “For us to help them with something that provides critical balance in their lives is so small an act compared to the important jobs they do in protecting our country. We are grateful for their service & for the opportunity to help them out.”
For information on the Semper Fi Fund, please visit www.semperfifund.org. For further information on the Mesa-Camp Pendleton MVB matches, please contact Coach Landicho at email@example.com, or at 858-518-5240.