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ABOUT MESA FOUNDATION

The Aztecs have been a staple in the San Diego community for decades.  The mission of MESA is to raise awareness for charitable causes in San Diego—by partnering local charities with Aztec student-athletes who choose to use their social media platforms and influence to bring awareness to organizations, helping the San Diego community thrive while deepening the connection between San Diego and Aztec student-athletes. 

WHAT SETS US APART FROM OTHER NIL ORGANIZATIONS?

While most organizations involved with NIL promote commercial enterprises, our primary purpose is to support charitable organizations that help the San Diego community thrive. By partnering with MESA, student-athletes can use their platform to raise awareness for charitable causes. It's an opportunity for student-athletes to bond with all aspects of the San Diego community, and MESA helps the San Diego community get to know the student-athletes on a personal level.

MESA Foundation is also a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to MESA Foundation are tax deductible. All annual amounts greater than $1,500/year will be treated as donations through the MESA Foundation.

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- Why Should We Support -

MESA Supporters further our mission of helping student-athletes use their platform and to raise awareness for San Diego’s local charities and non-profit organizations.

Photo by Carson Cook

THANK YOU TO OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS!

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FAQS

How are you

funded?

MESA is 100% donor driven. Donors can contribute to MESA to support student athletes’ efforts to promote community charity partners.

How do you help the San Diego community?

Our primary purpose is to support local charities while creating rewarding experiences for Aztec student athletes in the pursuit of helping the San Diego community.

How does a charity qualify?

All charities operating in California are eligible. Any 501(c)(3) can apply to partner with MESA.

Why should

we support?

Supporters further our mission of helping student-athletes use their platform and to raise
awareness for San Diego’s local charities and non-profit organizations while directly helping
the individual student-athletes.

Do student athletes have to qualify for the program?

We want to partner with student-athletes who are interested in helping the San Diego community and want to lend a helping hand in making the community thrive.

How are student athletes chosen?

Student athletes with large platforms or a recognizable presence who want to help local non-profit organizations are chosen.

How many hours will a student be required to volunteer?

What is your organizational and leadership structure?

The board of MESA will determine the hours and the length of each student-athlete agreement. All events and commitments will keep in consideration the demands of the student-athlete in
particular avoiding any events during Aztec finals in the winter and spring.

The Board of Directors and Advisory Committee includes local business leaders, dedicated Aztec alumni and supporters, as well as former Aztec student athletes.

Board of Directors:

Jeff Smith

Jason Tetley

Tommy Morris

Peter Elia

Tom Newton

Advisory Committee:

DJ Gay

Nolan Narain

Mike Lalich

Sam Flaming

Jeff Goodall Jr.

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learn more?

You can download our full list of FAQs here!

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