Political science instructor performs virtual birthday bash

Faculty advisor organizes fundraiser for ASU’s baseball program

By Chad Miller Jr
On August 28, 2020

Photo by Madison Wallace:
Head baseball coach Kevin Brooks and instructor Gustavo "Manny" Campos discuss the upcoming "Birthday Bash."
This fundraiser will raise money for the baseball teams new equipment. 

ASU political science instructor Gustavo Campos on Aug. 29 will host his annual birthday bash benefit concert via a live stream for the first time.The performance from The Manny Campos Band will be broadcasted from The House of Fifi Dubois from 7-8:30 p.m. with all proceeds benefitting ASU's baseball program.

“This team is a pretty big part of my life,” Campos said. “I saw guys who could’ve been kicking the can down the road and feel sorry for themselves, but they stayed focused. They did what they had to do and, to me, it was inspiring being twice their age.” Campos discussed how the team has handled everything that has been thrown their way, which included a canceled season as well as the pandemic.

"We don't follow like sheep, we lead like rams," he said, quoting former Interim ASU President Angie Wright. The performance, which has been done annually for over 15 years, was originally canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has now been revamped to be livestreamed. Links to donate as well as baseball-style merchandise are being sold to raise funds for ASU’s baseball program.

“He’s a huge part of our team,” said Kevin Brooks, ASU’s head baseball coach. “The contributions that he’s able to make means a ton to me and means a ton to our guys. He may not take the field or take at-bats, but his role to the team means just as much.”

The show will be livestreamed from the following Facebook pages: The House of Fifi DuBois, Manny Campos Band, and ASU Baseball. Campos said if individuals would like to donate, they can purchase baseball-themed merchandise at the following link: https://stores.inksoft.com/manny_campos/shop/home.Direct donations are also possible with the provided link here or by texting “RamBaseball” to 41444.

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