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Hearts of Champions: UCLA Athletics

Coach Neuheisel with a soldier at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Jim Easton

Nanotubes and no-hitters

Jim Easton ’59 gave UCLA $2 million to research real-world applications for carbon materials, including sports equipment, explaining, “Few universities can study carbon nanotubes for sports equipment, conduct leading-edge research in cancer and Alzheimer’s, and be home to over 100 national sports championships.” <more>

Gymnastics, perfected

UCLA freshman gymnast Vanessa Zamarripa placed third in the nation in the all-around score. Along the way she scored three perfect 10s – including this one on Jan. 23, 2009.

Club sports

Club sports have more than 1,000 talented, fiercely competitive athletes representing UCLA on regionally and nationally ranked teams. Check out a few:

The surprising way women’s rugby raised awareness

Troy Aikman graduates

Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman fulfills a promise he made to his mom by graduating from UCLA in 2009. <more>

Brittany Fullen

National champs

UCLA women’s water polo bested crosstown rival USC to capture its fifth straight NCAA title in May 2009. <more>

Rendering of renovated Pauley

Pauley 2.0

UCLA launches the Campaign of Champions, a $100-million drive to expand and renovate the venerable, 44-year-old Pauley Pavilion. <more>

1984 Olympics retrospective

At the 25th anniversary of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, UCLA is credited as a “main pillar” in the success of the games. <more>

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Student-athlete at Mattel Children’s Hospital

Athletes giving back

From Marathon Kids (a grassroots program to encourage physical fitness among grade school children most vulnerable to obesity and Type 2 diabetes), to Dribble for the Cure (which raised $60,000 to fight cancer), to student-athlete visits to Mattel Children’s Hospital, Bruins are connecting with the community. <more>

Photo of Bruin Fans

What it means to be a fan

After UCLA captured its 100th NCAA championship, Pulitzer Prize-nominated sports writer Bill Plaschke wrote about “the soul of UCLA athletics.” <read what he wrote>

Scott Hugo and Christopher Joseph

Rhodes to glory

In 2009, two student athletes will study at the University of Oxford as UCLA’s newest Rhodes Scholars. <more>

Chuck Bullough, Bruin Football

UCLA’s new defensive coordinator has also served as the Bruins’ linebackers coach for the past three years, so he knows the score. <more>

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