Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Office of College Advancement
Eco-Friendly Soccer Field Opens at Ohlone - Press Release, Office of College Advancement
Fremont, CA—Goal! The ball is in play at Ohlone College where the new professional standard, eco-friendly soccer field is now open.
After almost five years of waiting, the men and women of the Ohlone College Soccer Program have stormed the turf and already played a handful of home games. The field is made of synthetic turf which does not require water, needs no fertilizer or pesticide, and is almost maintenance free.
Ohlone Men’s Soccer Head Coach David Marroquin, who is also an Ohlone Soccer Alumni, beamed, “It’s been a long time coming and it’s really good to have the new soccer field. It definitely adds a different level of excellence to the program. Now—the new field is a place we can call home.”
The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the soccer field was held November 9, 2016 in the presence of the Board of Trustees, Ohlone staff and both soccer teams, including current and past coaches, and dozens of enthusiastic members of the community.
Also present was Andy Galvan, son of the late Phil Galvan and member of the Ohlone people. Galvan led attendees in a ceremonial blessing of the field in recognition of his ancestors who once also lived and played on the ground.
Ohlone College President, Dr. Browning, said, “The highlight of the ceremony was a blessing offered by Andy Galvan, a descendent of the Ohlone Indians. His remarks included the history of the Ohlone College and the naming of the College’s mascot, The Renegades, both the suggestions by his father.”