Torero Alumni Take Over San Diego at 21 County-Wide Events

Torero Alumni Take Over San Diego at 21 County-Wide Events

The University of San Diego’s third annual Torero Takeover on June 8 consisted of 21 events, from Ramona to East Valley, Encinitas and Solana Beach to Point Loma and even a few events on campus for alumni and friends to express their school spirit, pride and to enjoy activities — mostly at alumni-owned businesses and organizations — on a wonderfully sunny summer-like Saturday.

“Thanks to the 500-plus USD alumni and friends who joined us for our 21 events throughout San Diego County at alumni-owned businesses,” senior alumni director Charles Bass said in a social media tweet he sent out from the day’s final event, a trivia contest at the Bartell Hotels-owned Hilton San Diego Airport on Harbor Island.

The day began with a USD campus tour anchored at Founders Chapel, moved to Fiesta Island for a community beach clean-up, multiple workout options — yoga on the waterfront at The Dana on Mission Bay, a 30-minute all-level body weight workout at Vuori, or a RUSH Spin Class — a Tiny Toreros Playdate and there was a youth basketball clinic with USD coaches and players. One compelling event was a behind-the-scenes visit to the San Diego Humane Society to learn how they care for animals, seek to end animal homelessness and more. There was also a visit to the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery in Solana Beach available. From there Toreros had plenty of options to enjoy food, drink and enjoy each other’s company. Events were held at Beachcomber (Kegs and Eggs), lunch and shuffleboard at Nolita Hall, NaPizza and Culture Brewing in Encinitas and happy hour events at Deft Brewing, Eppig Waterfront Biergarten, Kensington Brewing, You and Yours Distillery, a La Finquita Wine Tasting and Dirty Birds for wings and brews at Liberty Station. As stated above, the USD Alumni and Bartell Hotel Trivia Night capped the full day with plenty of appetizers, a dessert bar and six rounds of challenging trivia. Congratulations to the winning trivia team, “The Life of Reighley.”

Really, though, everyone who attended one or did multiple events (for a one-time $15 registration fee) enjoyed themselves while meeting with friends and fellow alumni and certainly recalling fond memories from their college days. Among those who were part of multiple events were USD men’s and women’s basketball head coaches, Sam Scholl ’01 and Cindy Fisher, USD Alumni Board President Gerry Rodrigues ‘97, Military and Veteran Program Director Amanda Etter, as well as alumni who hosted Toreros at each of the 21 events.

As Bass, who managed to visit more than half of all events on Saturday, said as Torero Takeover ended, “It’s a great day to be a Torero!”

— Ryan T. Blystone

Torero Takeover Video by Allyson Meyer ’16 and Ryan T. Blystone

Photos by Ryan T. Blystone and USD Alumni Relations Office


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