Cashing Checks for a Good Cause



( El Cajon , CA) -

March 21, 2016


On Sunday

, Bill Walton accepted a $50,000 check from Sycuan Casino on behalf of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The donation provided by Sycuan is part of the casino’s promise to the organization to donate at least 5% of its GameDay Sports Bar & Grill’s annual sales, which began in 2012.

“CAF, being San Diego based, has been really able to capitalize on the opportunity Sycuan has afforded us to provide life-changing grants for equipment, sports training expense[s] and other things to really allow people with physical challenges to be active, be physically involved in sports,” said Jason Karavidas, Business Development Manager for Challenged Athletes Foundation. “I want to say thank you to Sycuan, to Bill Walton for being such a wonderful connector and champion to our cause. We’re really honored to be a part of the Sycuan family.”

The casino held an event open to the public

on Sunday

to commemorate the occasion. At the event, Walton met and greeted casino patrons alongside several athletes connected with the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

“It’s one of those foundations that we’re very proud of, and we’re very proud of the work that we’ve been able to do in the community. It really reinforces to the ‘together’ piece of our new strategy. We’re going to continue this for many years to come,” said John Dinius, Sycuan Casino’s newly appointed general manager.

In 2015, the casino rolled out a new branding campaign which was dedicated to the close-knit San Diego community. As a part of the property’s new “Play. Win. Together.” slogan, the casino reemphasized its dedication to the community that made it the success it is today. The “together” portion of the mantra is its public promise to continually give back to causes important to locals, including the Challenged Athletes Foundation and over 700 resident charities and causes.

About Sycuan Casino

Sycuan Casino began as a humble Bingo Palace back in 1983. Now, 32 years later it has become a community landmark. Undergoing a massive renovation in 2012, Sycuan now features 2,000 exciting reel and video slot machines, more than 40 gaming tables, poker, bingo and a variety of restaurants to choose from. Non-smokers will also enjoy over 800 slots and table games in the comfort of San Diego’s first and largest fully-enclosed non-smoking room - complete with its own separate entrance and Paipa’s Surf & Turf buffet. The GameDay Sports Bar & Grill has 39 wide-screen TVs, including 5 90-inch TVs, bar-top slot machines, a stadium sized menu, over 30 beers on tap, the Party Pit complete with three blackjack tables, an extensive collection of sports memorabilia - and a high-energy atmosphere. Sycuan’s intimate 457-seat entertainment venue, Sycuan Live & Up Close, features national musical acts and comedians year-round. Open 24 hours daily.

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About CAF:

Established in 1997, the Challenged Athletes Foundation recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing unparalleled sports opportunities that lead to success in sports - and in life.