The annual LA Spartan Alumni Picnic & New Student Send-off was a huge success! 200 Spartan alumni gathered at Crestwood Hills park in Brentwood to welcome 25 new Spartan students and their families into the Spartan family. There are 35 new students from the Los Angeles area heading back to East Lansing in a few weeks. We sent them off with a Michigan style afternoon – coney dogs, fresh cherries, Faygo Red Pop, Vernors, and great weather. Former MSU basketball star Maurice “Moe” Ager performed his “Rose Bowl Spartan” and a few of his new songs for the group, which included MSU admissions director Jim Cotter, MSUAA’s Daniel Mathis, and our very special guest SPARTY himself! Spartan Spirit is alive in Los Angeles!
Are you ready for some SPARTAN FOOTBALL?
Join your fellow Spartans at one of our 4 official game watch locations and enjoy exclusive MSU fan specials. Kick off the 2014-15 season this FRIDAY (not Saturday) at 4:30 PST when we take on Jacksonville State. Westside Watch – Tony P’s Marina Del Rey, Hollywood – Man Cave, Downtown LA – Tom’s Urban, Southbay – Sharkeez Hermosa
PLUS – Our MSU Spirit Team will be throwing EXTRA special parties during the 4 biggest games of the year. Mark your calendars, book your UBER, call your friends & plan to join us at the following Big Game Watch locations where we’ll have additional specials, a 50/50 raffle and a halftime drawing for gift cards, fan gear and memorabilia.
We’ll see you this FRIDAY! The game starts at a traffic-friendly 4:30pm. P.S., If you are a fan at any of these locations, we are still looking for volunteers to help with Game Hosting for a few of the games. Or join the SPIRIT Team for the Big Parties! Please email email@example.com if interested.
SPIRIT ZONE GAME: Oregon 9/6
MAN CAVE- Studio City – This Spartan-owned sports bar was started by a former MSU cheerleader, so it’s THE place in the 818 to get your green on. They’ll have discounted drinks, Spartan-themed halftime shots and $5 Spartyritas. (Why limit green teeth to St. Patty’s Day?) Discounted parking in the building with validation.
SPIRIT ZONE GAMES : Nebraska 10/4
TOM’S URBAN - Downtown - This Spartan owner was named by Gourmet Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Food Entrepreneurs of the Last Quarter Century.” If you went to the Rose Bowl pep rally, you know the location — it’s right across from the Staples Center in LA. They have a reserved area for MSU fans, $3 Coors Lights, $5 Spartan-themed shots, and validation for discounted parking. Plus they donate 10% of every Spartan Purchase back to the Alumni Club – so be sure to mention that you are with MSU!
SPIRIT ZONE GAME: U of M 10/25
TONY P’S Marina Del Rey — The owner’s wife is a Spartan! She’s got us covered with reserved tables, Happy Hour food & drink specials for the Friday night game, $1.00 off Domestic Draft beers and a Spartan- themed shot for only $2.50. Ample parking; come cheer at the beach!
SPIRIT ZONE GAME: OSU 11/8
SHARKEEZ - Hermosa Beach - Hey, South Bay Spartans, get 20% off your food purchases, $3 Bud Light drafts, $4 Fireball Shots $4 wine, $9 Bud Light pitchers and other drink specials.
Sunday August 10, 12 -3pm
Sparty welcomes you and your family to join Spartans from around LA for a Spartan themed picnic featuring Faygo, Coney Dogs, cherries, games and more! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet Sparty in the flesh on the West Coast! This is a great chance to hang out with MSU alumni, current students and tell the incoming freshman from LA what it’s like to be a Spartan! Jim Cotter, director of Admissions at MSU, will also be in attendance. Food and drinks will be provided, but if you have a favorite dish or fun game you’d like to share, feel free to bring it along. Bring your Spartan spirit for an afternoon of fun for the whole family.
This event is free, but please RSVP so we can get an idea of a headcount. Thank you!
Crestwood is a neat little Brentwood hideaway just 6-7 minutes off the
405 freeway/Sunset Blvd exit. Convenient to everyone.
Save the date, Sunday August 10 Sparty is coming to LA to help the Los Angeles Spartans welcome the new freshman into the Michigan State family.
Sunday August 10, 12-3 at Crestwood Hills park, 1000 Hanley Ave, LA 90049. Just west of 405 and north of Sunset. We’re having a MSU style picnic with coney dogs, Faygo and cherries. Bring your picnic blanket, lawn chairs, lawn games and Spartan smiles. You’re welcome to bring your favorite Michigan style food as well. Additional details to follow. as an Eventbrite invitation will go out to all on our email list.
The LA Spartans gathered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA on April 27. Before touring the library and Air Force One, our group enjoyed brunch while listening fellow Spartan Dale Petroskey. Dale is a graduate of MSU’s Journalism school (’78) and worked as the former Assistant Press Secretary to President Reagan. MSUAA’s Tim Bograkos and MSULA President Anne Marie Lasher presented Dale with a panoramic photo of the Rose Bowl. Unfortunately the LA Spartans are losing Dale and his wife Ann to the Dallas Spartans as Dale recently accepted the position of President and CEO of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
The Los Angeles Spartans volunteered together on April 12 at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown LA. Spartans passed out clothing, personal care items and shoes to the many deserving homeless people who are living on Skid Row. It was a truly rewarding experience. Our next volunteer event will be in November, stay tuned for details.
Join the Los Angeles Spartans, MSUAA and college of Communication Arts and Sciences for an afternoon of networking, history and baseball as we tour the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Air Force One and their current exhibit Baseball – Celebrating our Great American Pastime.
A Champagne brunch will be served in the Air Force One Boardroom followed by a docent led tour through the library and Air Force One.
Guest speaker LA Spartan Dale Petroskey (Journalism ’78) – former Assistant Press Secretary to President Reagan and past President of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Tickets are on Sale Now https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-spartan-spotlight-reagan-library-brunchtour-tickets-11075149069