Who doesn’t love an opportunity to celebrate Chargers past and present? While the last 18 months of pandemic conditions have sadly limited our capacity for in-person celebrations, CA is doubling down (literally) to make up for lost time this fall and winter. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, CA plans to offer not one, but two, separate Homecoming festivities—two chances to gather as a community, welcome alumni home, and reconnect.
With COVID rendering the future uncertain, Director of Development Ali Page says it was essential to plan an alumni homecoming event early this fall, while it is still pleasant to gather outside in a COVID-safe way. “Friday Night Lights is such a fun night and one that represents fond memories for so many of our alums. As we looked for flexible, COVID-safe opportunities to welcome our alums home, it was an obvious choice.”
Homecoming: Friday Night Lights edition will take place Friday, October 29. Alums will have an opportunity to join in the community tailgate, cheer on the student flag football teams, and reconnect with each other and the CA community.
For students and alums looking forward to and planning for a traditional December CA Homecoming, fear not. “We recognize that our December Homecoming is a beloved tradition and one that we very much hope to honor,” offers Kevin Jones, Athletic Director. After a week of Spirit Week community festivities, alums will again be invited back to campus for a culminating community celebration on Friday, December 17 (COVID-willing).
“Homecoming doesn’t have to be a—shouldn’t be—a singular event,” smiles Page. “Our community is so important and something to be celebrated. We want to give our alums and current students as many fun opportunities as possible to safely connect as a community, have fun, and make new memories at CA. We look forward to welcoming everyone to campus this fall AND winter. And to our alumni: we’ve missed you. We’re excited to welcome you home in person. It’s been too long.”