Spartan Family Picnic

#MSUUM Game Watch Parties

October 22, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

It’s Michigan week… also known as the best week in Spartan football, aside from the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl last year, of course. There’s just something about this rivalry: “It’s not over, it’ll never be over!”


To make sure our Bay Area fans can catch the game at a bar surrounded by green and white, we are hosting three watch parties:

San Francisco Game Watch at The Brick Yard, 1787 Union St (at Octavia)
· Specials: $10 MSU Mules, Spartan Pokey Stix (an East Lansing favorite!)

East Bay Game Watch at Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill15028 Hesperian Blvd, San Leandro

Silicon Valley (Peninsula / South Bay) Game Watch at The Patio, 421 Emerson St, Palo Alto
· $5 food and drink specials all day

We are also selling our official SF Bay Spartans t-shirts at the game watches for $35, payable by cash, Venmo or PayPal. Proceeds benefit our Scholarship Fund to send a Bay Area student to the banks of the Red Cedar.

#MSUPUR Game Watch Parties

October 9, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

We have three game watch parties planned for Saturday’s game against the Boilermakers!

San Francisco: The Brick Yard
San Leandro (East Bay): Ricky’s Sports Theatre & Grill
Palo Alto (Peninsula/South Bay): The Patio

Kickoff is at 12:30pm. See you there! Go Green!


#MSUNEB Game Watches

October 3, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

MSU kicks off its Big Ten season by facing Nebraska in an exciting night game at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, October 4. Join us at our official spot, The Brick Yard in San Francisco or at our East Bay location, Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill in San Leandro.

Important information to note about The Brick Yard tomorrow:

As you know, the Giants overcame all odds and are in the playoffs! As a special offer from our partner, The Brick Yard, they are allowing us and only us to make reservations for tables to watch the 2:30 Giants game which you can hold for our game as well.

To get your exclusive MSU table reservation, please send an email with your details to by 3PM TODAY and they will be given out until they are all booked. Also, since the games may overlap slightly around 5PM, they are holding the entire back half of the bar only for us from 4PM< on no matter what.

Only MSU fans will be allowed into The Brick Yard from 4PM onward, to try and accommodate all of us Spartans. Wear your green & white gear so they know you’re a Spartan. If there is a line out front on Union, only MSU fans can use the side entrance on Octavia – so take advantage.

Drink specials: $10 mimosa carafes & $10 MSU Mules.

Go Green!


Anthony Ianni, MSU Basketball player, to speak at a Community Gatepath event

September 27, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Anthony Ianni was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, which is on the Autism Spectrum, at the age of four. Anthony’s parents were told he would barely graduate from high school, never graduate from college, never be an athlete, and would likely live in a group institution for his adult life.

Against all odds, relentless bullying, overwhelming adversity, and numerous personal challenges, Anthony never gave up. Not only did he earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University, he is the first known athlete with autism to play Big Ten basketball. He played for legendary coach Tom Izzo at MSU. Anthony won two Big Ten Championships, a Big Ten Tournament Title, and was a member of the 2010 Final Four team. He has won several awards including the 2012 Unsung Player Award and was a finalist for the 2013 Detroit Pistons Community Game Changer Award.

Anthony has pledged his life and career to help those who face similar challenges. Join local nonprofit Community Gatepath as he shares his story and be among those whom he has inspired to “LYD” – Live Your Dreams.

For more information, contact Christine Ackermann. Christine is the Director of Corporate Relationships at Community Gatepath.

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Sofitel San Francisco Bay | 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City

Help Bay Area Students become Spartans at College Fairs

September 21, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Remember the day you applied to MSU, and then the day you were accepted? Wasn’t that an exciting time? For me, a Greater Lansing native, I’d always wanted to feel like I was officially part of the Spartan community and I couldn’t wait to step foot on campus as a student!

Michigan State wants to help Bay Area high school students become part of our Spartan global network of people who are doing amazing thing. Bob Weisman from the MSU California Alumni Admissions Team and Dan Seidman from the MSU Admissions Office are representing MSU at high school college fairs, talking with mostly eleventh graders about what State has to offer students who may be interested in exploring options in attending college outside of California.

Over the next few months, there are a number of College Fairs all over the Bay Area and they are looking for any alumni volunteers who could help representing MSU. The fairs are typically in the evening from 6:30 until 8:30 on week nights. This year, there are 120 incoming California freshmen which is close to double the number before they started this outreach. If anyone is interested in joining the team, please contact Bob directly at Send him your contact information and the region of the Bay Area that you live and he will call you with more specific information.

I ‘Spartan’ SF T-Shirts are Back on Sale!

September 14, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

They’re back! Due to popular demand, we’re thrilled to offer another round of the Official San Francisco Spartans ‘I Spartan SF’ t-shirts from East Lansing’s own Underground Printing.

Sales end October 5th. Shirts will be shipped on October 16th so you can wear them when we pack The Brick Yard for the Michigan game on October 25th.

You can order them here.

The Forest Green shirts are offered in two athletic cut unisex styles: crew neck (size chart here) and v-neck (size chart here). Women should order one size *smaller* than they are used to – if you’re normally a small in women’s sizes, get an extra small in the unisex size.

All shirts are $29.95 each. Profits go to support our alumni club and the San Francisco Bay Area Endowment Fund. We are well on our way to our endowment goal and every contribution helps. Thank you for your support! If you’d like to donate directly to our fund, click here.


Club T-Shirts

Beach Cleanup Service Event

September 10, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Spartans WILL

Photo cred:

The Michigan State Spartans San Francisco Bay Area will be joining the SF Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation for a beach cleanup event at Ocean Beach on Sunday, October 19 from 10am until 12pm. The Surfrider Foundarion is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches, and we are happy to partner with them to help give back a cleaner Ocean Beach to the SF community!

If you have your own work gloves and a bucket to haul away what you collect, please bring them with you. They will have some gloves and buckets but it would help if we bring them in case they do not have enough for everybody.

We are using Eventbrite so that we get an accurate volunteer list for planning purposes, so please grab a ticket for each person in your group if you will be joining us for the event. There is no charge to register.

We will meet at Stairwell 17. There is a large parking lot at Ocean Beach so parking should not be a problem. If you would like to take the bus, use the 5-Fulton bus and exit the bus at Fulton & La Playa. Then walk 1 block West and across the Great Highway to Ocean Beach.

Any questions about the event, send an e-mail to Victoria Vandegrift, Community Service Events Director.

Game Watches at The Brick Yard

August 26, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Football season is about to kick off, and we couldn’t be more excited to host all of our watch parties at The Brick Yard this year. Head to 1787 Union St, San Francisco to cheer on the Spartans and enjoy $10 MSU Mules (a delicious cocktail featuring our favorite Michigan pop, Vernor’s), $6 Sparty Slammers and other happy hour food and drink specials.

Keep up with the latest football schedule here.

Date Opponent Kickoff time (Pacific Time)
Friday, August 29 Jacksonville State 4:30PM
Saturday, September 6 @ Oregon 3:30PM
Saturday, September 20 Eastern Michigan 9:00AM
Saturday, September 27 Wyoming 9:00AM
Saturday, October 4 Nebraska 5:00PM
Saturday, October 11 @ Purdue TBD
Saturday, October 18 @ Indiana 12:30PM
Saturday, October 25 Michigan TBD
Saturday, November 8 Ohio State 5:00PM
Saturday, November 15 @ Maryland 5:00PM
Saturday, November 22 Rutgers TBD
Saturday, November 29 @ Penn State TBD

The Brick Yard

Spartans at The Brick Yard Kickoff Party / Photo courtesy of Faheem Kabeer

See you there! Go Green!