By Karen Jonas
Bronco Athletics is boosting Cal Poly’s efforts in RecycleMania
as the school’s athletes participate in their own competition to
see which team can recycle the most.
RecycleMania is a nationwide competition sponsored by the
federal Environmental Protection Agency to see which university can
collect the most recyclables. Cal Poly participated in the
competition last year but did not win an award.
The Bronco Athletics Association is trying to change that. The
team that recycles the most will win a free dinner, and the
proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The BAA has a goal of earning $500, which is likely to be
exceeded within the next week.
“So far we’ve raised about $450,” said Thomas Ryan, a third-year
Spanish and sociology student, the men’s soccer player and the
Bronco Athletics treasurer. He is also in charge of the
RecycleMania ends April 5, but the BAA plans to continue until
“Athletics has been extremely instrumental in their active
participation as well as in publicizing the RecycleMania
competition,” said Monika Kamboures, Recycling Services
coordinator. “They have certainly impressed me with their
creativity and work ethic.”
The women’s cross-country and track and field teams are leading
the competition, followed by women’s basketball and men’s
Some student athletes are going to extremes to collect more.
“We were on a road trip, and we bought a lot of Gatorade and
water,” said Porsche’ Kirksey, a fourth-year psychology student on
the women’s basketball team. “We brought it back here by putting it
in a bag and checking it [onto the plane].”
Other athletes are doing anything they can to collect the
“Me and my friends from the tennis team have been going to dorm
rooms,” said Kaitlin Wooldridge, a first-year hospitality and
restaurant management student and women’s tennis team member.
“We’ve been going around with a bag and asking for cans and
bottles from people in our dorm.”
The competition is benefiting several causes. Ryan said they are
contributing to charity, helping the environment and contributing
Although athletics is contributing to RecycleMania, they were
not aware of the competition when they began their efforts.
“We actually started a week or two before RecycleMania,” said
Lorena Marquez, marketing and promotions coordinator for Bronco
Athletics. “We had started thinking about doing a recycling program
back in December, and when we saw the signs around campus
advertising RecycleMania, we decided to see what that was
Athletics is highly involved in many environmental projects.
“I can label our athletes as ‘green freaks,'” said Marquez.
“They are involved in actively being green, and they clean the
beach every month. [RecycleMania] started as a competition, but I
think that it’s more than that now. Sometimes I walk in and there
are four bags of recyclables in my office.”
Most athletes involved aren’t in it for the prize.
“I don’t know what the prize is, but [for me] it’s just the
pride of being the ones who collected the most cans and bottles,”
said Tyler Reinhart, a first-year liberal studies student on the
men’s soccer team.
Courtesy of Lorena Marquez
Athletes catch Recyclemania
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