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January 2016

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Community, Community Events

NFL Alum Star in Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Game

As fans gear up for the Super Bowl many are also getting ready for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Game taking place on Saturday, February 6th at College of San Mateo’s College Heights Stadium. This game will showcase brave veterans as well as celebrity NFL alumni, some of which are even local 49ers alum. To get you pumped up and excited, here is a sneak peak of some of the celebrity players participating in the game.

Rocky Bleier

Bleier is a co-host of the event and has ties to both the NFL and the military. Bleier was drafted into the Vietnam War where he was unfortunately injured. Upon his return, he overcame challenges of his injury with the determination to play football again. After more than two years Bleier made it onto the Pittsburgh Steelers and eventually became their star running back where he accompanied the team to win four Super Bowls and four AFC Championships. Bleier is now in the Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is an honor to have this veteran and NFL alum with a heartfelt history co-hosting this event.

Bill RingA previous Wounded Warrior Amputee football game against NFL alum

Ring is the second co-host of this event and has a wealth of history in the Bay Area, including at the College of San Mateo and in the NFL. Ring is a CSM alumni as well as an alum of the 49ers, who he played with for six years. Having aCSM alum back on home turf hosting this game provides a memorable local connection.

Bill Romanowski

Romanowski is a participant on the NFL alum team. He had a 16-year career in the NFL playing for the 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, and Oakland Raiders. During his time in the NFL he played in five Super Bowls, four of which he won, and two Pro Bowls. Since playing in the NFL, Romanowski has written a New York Times best-selling book, an autobiography of his life and participation in the NFL, as well as been inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame, and coached a bay area high school football team at Piedmont High School. He will certainly be one to watch out for on the field.

Dana Stubblefield

Stubblefield is another member of the NFL alum team. He was an NFL player for 11 years  where he played seven years with the 49ers, three with the Washington Redskins, and one with the Oakland Raiders. In 1993, he was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and he played in the 1994 and 1995 Pro Bowls. Stubblefield has also used his football knowledge and skills as the former defensive line coach at the bay area’s own Valley Christian High School in San Jose. Be sure to keep an eye out for this local celeb.

49er football playerDerrick Deese

Deese is also playing for the NFL alum team. He had a long football career lasting 13 years, playing for the San Francisco 49ers for 12, where he primarily played the position of left tackle and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one. As an alumnus of the NFL, he is still involved with sports and co-hosts the FOX Game Time React segment on Fox Sports Radio. If you’re a fan, be sure not to miss seeing him in action out on the field.

These are just a few of the celebrity NFL alum who will be participating in the game against wounded warriors. During the game fans can meet the players, get autographs, and take photos so be sure to come out and see your local favorites and also support the men and women who have bravely served our country.

Tickets for the game are $10 for adults and free for students. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT) and disabled veteran initiatives in the Bay Area. To purchase tickets visit CSM’s website or the WWAFT website.

Community Events

How will you experience the Super Bowl?

This two-week celebration offers ’round the clock events, parties, and galas. What will you do?

The Super Bowl is upon us. The Broncos and Panthers are in, and San Francisco is largely shut down to build Super Bowl City. But, that little inconvenience isn’t going to stop revelers from enjoying its opening on January 30th or the impressive line-up of events scheduled over the next two weeks. It’s one party to the next, and if you want to take advantage of the full Super Bowl experience, there’s no shortage of activities. From the re-lighting of the Bay Lights to fun runs, and San Mateo’s Wounded Warrior Amputee Game on February 6th, there are many ways celebrate.

San Mateo Insider curates an event calendar that focuses on events in San Mateo. But, the Super Bowl doesn’t come to the Bay Area every year, and since our community is pretty much the 50-yard line of the Peninsula, you may want to check out some of the fun taking place to the north or south of us. For this two-week period, we’ve included NFL recognized events as well as Super Community events organized by neighboring cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Here are a few that caught our attention. Please visit the event calendar for other ways to experience the Big Game.

Super Bowl City Opening Celebration: January 30

Chris IsaakHop on CalTrain or BART to experience the festivities of Super Bowl City. This free-to-the-public fan village has a fantastic line up of activities and attractions from January 30 through February 7. The opening day celebration recognizes local Bay Area talent and its one-of-a-kind unique attractions. Gather along the Embarcadero to ooh and ahh over the re-lighting of the Bay Lights designed by artist Leo Villareal, and enjoy a festive fireworks display. Later that evening, Chris Isaak headlines on the City Stage at 1 Market.

San Francisco Symphony and NFL Films: A Concert of Champions: February 3 & 4

SF Symphony teams up with NFL Films with a live concert and sports documentary to unite sports enthusiasts and culture vultures. Watch the best plays in football while the Symphony rouses audiences with an original score.

Super Bowl Events Along the Peninsula: February 6

flying_football_3In addition to San Mateo’s Wounded Warrior Amputee football game, other communities along the Peninsula are showing their Super Bowl spirit with a variety of family-friendly community events. The City of Millbrae is hosting a Super Chili Bowl Fun Run. The 5k run begins and ends at Central Park. Participants can enjoy a pancake breakfast and chili cook-off after the game. Explore the aerodynamics of football at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos during its Flying Football Fun Fest, and in the evening make your way to the Cow Palace in Daly City for the Taste of NFL featuring Third Eye Blind.

You may not like football, but these events make the sport accessible to a variety of interests. The combination of art, music and football is enticing; the involvement of communities, and that it’s an experience for the entire Bay Area is an exciting moment. There are a lot of ways to enjoy the days leading up to Super Bowl 50 – pick one or two of these events, get out and make your experience legendary.

Be sure to subscribe to San Mateo Insider for timely information about upcoming events, activities, and news from the City of San Mateo.

Featured Image photo credit: Phil McGrew,

Community, Community Events

Enhanced Public Safety During Wounded Warrior Amputee Game

Planning to attend? Keep our community safe. Follow these enhanced safety requirements.

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football game taking place on Saturday, February 6 at College of San Mateo is a momentous event for our community. Follow these enhanced public safety requirements for a fun and safe community event!

“We want all participants to have a memorable, yet safe experience,” says San Mateo Police Chief, Susan Manheimer. “San Mateo’s Police and Fire Departments and College of San Mateo’s Public Safety Department are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all attending.”

To provide a safe environment for the public and expedite entry into College Heights Stadium, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT), the City, and College of San Mateo have implemented a policy limiting the size and type of bags allowed into the stadium. Essentially, leave all purses, backpacks, computer bags, camera cases, and luggage of any kind at home. For this event, attendees are only able to carry bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding a size of 12″ x 6″ x 12″ into the stadium. Law enforcement and public safety will be present at each of the entrance gates conducting random bag checks. More information about safety procedures can be found on CSM’s event page.

This 12" x 6" x 12" clear vinyl bag meets NFL standards and is approved for the WWAFT game.

This 12″ x 6″ x 12″ clear vinyl bag meets NFL standards and is acceptable for the WWAFT game.

For this event, attendees are only able to carry the following style and size bag, into the stadium:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.”
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, non-approved seat cushions (Non-approved seat cushions include large traditional seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments, or covers), luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size. Random bag checks will occur at the two entry-points to the CSM Stadium.

“The safety plan coincides with NFL standards and ensures the safety and security of all attending,” says Rob Dean, Director of Public Safety, San Mateo Community College District. “Everyone’s cooperation will help to expedite random bag checks and will create a safer atmosphere.”

The City of San Mateo and College of San Mateo are proud to host the Wounded Warrior Amputee football game, presented by Humana and the Military Benefit Association. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for students, children, and veterans. Plan ahead for inclement weather and plan to arrive early as traffic may be heavier than usual upon entering the College. Gates to the game open at 11:00 a.m.  For more information and for tickets, please visit CSM’s website or

Community, Community Events

Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team vs. NFL Alumni

Are your favorite NFL Alumni playing in San Mateo’s Super Bowl Saturday tribute-to-heroes?

Big games come and go, but only one will showcase the bravery and perseverance of those who have sacrificed so much for our country. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT) plays at College of San Mateo on Super Bowl Saturday, February 6th, matching up veterans that have lost limbs in Afghanistan or Iraq with more than 40 NFL Alumni. Nowhere else in the Bay Area during Super Bowl week will you experience such a moving, heartfelt game than at CSM’s College Heights Stadium.

618_348_rocky-bleier-athletes-who-servedIt’s easy to get excited about the NFL greats and celebrities that will take to the field. Pittsburgh Steelers four-time Super Bowl champion and Vietnam Veteran, Rocky Bleier, co-hosts the game with CSM and Niner’s alum, Bill Ring. In fact, the San Francisco Forty-Niners will be well represented throughout the game. Home team champions include Dan Bunz, Derrick Deese, Chris Draft, William Floyd, Bill Romanowski, Dana Stubblefield, and Spencer Tillman, while former Los Angeles Raider, Bob Golic, brings a bit of a rivalry to the field. Snoop Dogg and alumni from the Broncos, Browns, Colts, Eagles, Falcons, Rams, Packers, Patriots, and more will play alongside our local sports heroes. But, the moment of inspiration comes when the group of veterans, all amputees, face-off at the 50-yard line. These modern-day warriors will defend their team as bravely as they defended our country in combat.

3671550_f260San Mateo is an exceptional community and has a long history of supporting veterans as well as those serving in active military duty. The Wounded Warrior Amputee game provides an opportunity to show further support to all those who serve. All proceeds from the game benefit the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and disabled veteran initiatives in the Bay Area. Please consider making a donation during the game or by visiting the Wounded Warrior Amputee website.

During the game, fans can interact with NFL players and veterans. Get free autographs, take photos, and participate in a raffle for a chance to win autographed NFL memorabilia such as jerseys, helmets, and footballs from the Niners, Raiders, and other teams.


The City of San Mateo and College of San Mateo will host the Wounded Warrior Amputee football game, presented by Humana and the Military Benefit Association. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for students, children, and veterans. Plan ahead for inclement weather and arrive early as traffic may be heavier than usual upon entering the College. Gates to the game open at 11:00 a.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit CSM’s website or


Celebrate Community Service

Enter Your Sweet Tweet for a Chance to Win Movie Passes

Twitter BirdWe often hear our volunteers talk about why they like giving back to the community. This year, we invite you to take a moment and write a sentence or “Sweet Tweet” about the value of Community Service or why you and your friends like to volunteer, especially in San Mateo. Three lucky writers will each win two “sweet” tickets to the Downtown Cinema.

Here are the guidelines:

  1. Write a message or poem of 140 characters or less (short and sweet!) Accompanying pictures are welcome!
  2. Email to
  3. We welcome community service messages from now through February 29, 2016.
  4. Winners will be announced on March 2nd.

Throughout this time, we will post a selection of entries on City social media and our @VolunteerSource Twitter page. We will include your initials with your words.

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Writing a short and sweet message is a fun challenge. Here are some examples of messages with less than 140 characters:

  • Roses are red, violets are blue. Community Service is sweet when volunteering with you! My heart belongs to the City of San Mateo.   (132 characters)
  • Meet friends old and new. Volunteering rocks!       (47 characters)
  • Made fun friends when volunteering at San Mateo Library.   (57 characters)
  • Show me a person who spends endless hours in training without pay,
    And, I’ll show you a volunteer.  (109 characters)

Questions?  Call or email Donna Divodi at 650-522-7277 or For  more information about volunteer opportunities in San Mateo, please visit the City’s Volunteer Source page.

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