By Will Ranos/Sports Editor

To raise money for Viking athletics, the LBCC Foundation Athletics Associates will be hosting a golf tournament, today, Thursday, May 14, at 1 p.m., at the Recreation Park Golf Course in Long Beach.
The 32nd annual golf tournament sponsored by the Athletics Associates includes golfing, food, beverages and a raffle.
Chris Ruiz, the LBCC sports information specialist and a member of the Athletics Association, said, “It’s the largest fundraiser of the year. It covers a lot things the athletic department budget doesn’t. A lot goes towards teams’ equipment and other needs they may have.”
Ruiz said last year the fundraiser brought in roughly $12,000. “We definitely hope to improve last year’s total, and it looks like we will.”
Some of the student-athletes participate in the event by helping with golf bags, selling raffle tickets and passing out tee packages.
Ruiz said, “It’s a lot of work throughout the year. Members of the community, LBCC employees and a lot of people put time into this. In the end it’s all worth it.”