Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped make my Summer Reading Challenge a success. 3000 tickets were given out as a result of students completing the challenge. It was an honor to host and I couldn't have done it without the support of everyone in the Cal community.

Going forward, I will continue to encourage kids to read. I believe it is one of the most important skills that anyone can learn. Education is the solution to many problems in society and much of a student's success starts with childhood reading. That's why I believe promoting reading is so important. 

For those who were able to stay after the game, I mentioned a new program Cal Athletics is starting. It's called Cal Bears Read. It's similar to my program in that students can read to earn tickets to Cal games, but this time not just football! More information can be found here:

Thanks again to everyone who participated and completed my challenge! I'm working to continue the program for years to come. Even though the challenge is over, I would love to stay connected with you all. Please reach out anytime.

Go Bears!

Check out the photos and video from after the game!

Summer Reading Challenge Tickets Can Now Be Redeemed!

I have great news! The Ticket Office is opening up the redemption of tickets for my Summer Reading Challenge earlier than expected! Tickets can now be redeemed at the Athletic Ticket Office. Just bring your child and their completed Reading Journal! The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday, from 9am to 4pm daily. They are located at 1923 Gridiron Way, across the street from the Haas Business School in-between Maxwell Field and the staircase next to the Bear Statue. The Ticket Office recommends parking in the Stadium Parking Structure below Maxwell Field. 

With that said, you can still redeem your tickets on the day of the game! For those traveling from out of the area, I have asked but unfortunately the Ticket Office won't be able to accept the Reading Journals except for in person. They have assured me that there will be no shortage of tickets for all Reading Challenge participants and their families. You will get your tickets!

Again, a reminder that on the day of the game, the Athletic Ticket Office opens 4 hours prior to game-time (9am due to our 1pm kickoff). The gates will open 2 hours prior to kickoff (11am). 

Please be aware of the Clear Bag Policy (visit for specific guidelines).

For any game-day related questions please scroll through our fan guide website:

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Thanks again for signing up! The support from the Cal community has been tremendous. I look forward to seeing you all September 1st! 

Go Bears!

Sign-Ups Are Open!

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The Patrick Laird Summer Reading Challenge has been officially announced! I'm excited to promote the challenge and get as many sign-ups as possible. 

I'm encouraging everyone who signs up to come out to our Spring Game to meet me and everyone else who is participating. The Spring Game will be Saturday April 28th at California Memorial Stadium at 11 AM. 

Check out the announcement on


Dressed For Success - Inside the Lair Feature


Last season I had the chance to surprise a young fan (who shares my first name!) that dressed up as me for Halloween. wrote a feature on the story that you can read here. It doesn't mention it in the feature but I had met Patrick earlier in the season before one of our games. He was on the sideline with his dad and they came up to me in between drills during warmups to say hello. Patrick turned around and showed me he was wearing his Cal jersey with the #28 on the back! At that moment, I realized the opportunity I have to make a positive impact on anyone that looks up to me. I had no idea Patrick and I would cross paths again. I'm happy a teacher at the school was able to connect with me and let me know about Patrick's plan. It was a surreal experience for myself and something I'll never forget.

Dressed For Success - Inside the Laird