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April 2023 S4EA Newsletter

Published monthly for athletes, families, friends, volunteers, coaches & other supporters of SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes.

Editor: Walter Jackson.

Message from S4EA Executive Director Walter Jackson

S4EA is running our spring season sports in baseball, basketball, bowling, floor hockey, pickleball & track. Join S4EA at the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 15 at the S4EA office with S4EA Athlete Council Elections to be held. "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Gala Fundraiser Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, June 1 at the Balboa Park Club honoring 2023 'SPORTS Woman of the Year' Triathlete Lesley Paterson. S4EA Spring Sports Camp is scheduled for May 5-7, 2023 at Camp Marston in Julian. Check out the rest of the Newsletter or call S4EA at 858-565-7432 for more information.

S4EA Pancake Breakfast Apri1 15 at S4EA Office 

The S4EA Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser is being held at the new S4EA Office (8380 Vickers St. #E, San Diego 92111) on Saturday, April 15 from 8-10am for $10 per person. The breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice & coffee. A raffle will be held. The S4EA Athlete Council elections will be held at the Pancake Breakfast for the following S4EA Athlete Council Officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary & Sergeant-At-Arms. Bring family & friends to the delicious breakfast and support S4EA. For more information or to order your Pancake Breakfast tickets, call S4EA at 858-565-7432.

“A Taste 4 SPORTS” June 1 at Balboa Park Club

S4EA is hosting for our members the 16th Annual "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Gala Fundraiser on Thursday, June 1st from 6-9pm at the Balboa Park Club (2144 Pan American Road West, SD 92101) featuring food & wine from 20 restaurants, personal chefs, caterers & wineries. Mingle with notable local & sports figures, including NBA Hall of Fame player Bill Walton & Mad Mike from MTVs “Pimp My Ride”, enjoy music & bid on an exquisite array of auction items. S4EA will be honoring as our 2023 'SPORTS Woman of the Year' Lesley Paterson. Lesley won 3 XTERRA Triathlon World Championships as well as co-wrote the screenplay of 'All Quiet on the Western Front' which won multiple Academy Awards this year.  Reservations are $60 per person.

Sponsorship opportunities available at following levels:  Platinum-$10,000, Gold-$5,000, Silver-$1,000 & Bronze-$500. Please donate gift certificates, trips, autographed sports memorabilia to enhance the auction. For more info, call 858-565-7432 or visit

S4EA Board of Director Elections

S4EA has elections coming up for our new Board of Directors. If you are interested in helping run our non-profit sports organization by becoming a board member, then call S4EA at 858-565-7432 by April 13.

2023 SPORTS Camp May 5-7 at Camp Marston in Julian


S4EA SPORTS Camp on May 5-7 at Camp Marston (4761 Pine Hills Rd., Julian 92036) offers sports & traditional camp activities (climbing tower, candle making, paintball slingshots, hikes, nature center, Ga Ga, talent show, campfire) at a camp in rural Julian. Athletes spend 2 nights in new group cabins with bathrooms under guidance of chaperones/camp counselors. Because Camp Marston is hilly, an athlete using a wheelchair may be limited to certain activities (cabins & dining hall are accessible as well as many, but not all activities). Persons with disabilities, families, friends, volunteers, coaches & supporters are all welcome to join S4EA at camp.

The S4EA SPORTS Camp Registration Fee is $300 per person to help pay for lodging, meals, insurance, supplies, etc. Mail Fee & S4EA Camp Registration Form as soon as possible to S4EA (8380 Vickers St. #E, SD, CA 92111). Turn in Camp Registration Form & Fee by April 5 and pay Early Bird Price of only $280 ($95 advance deposit will lock in the lower rate). S4EA has received Vendor Approval from Regional Center for SPORTS Camp (PQ8659). Please contact your Regional Center worker to apply & get approval for Campership. Everyone attending SPORTS Camp must have on file a COVID-19 Waiver of Liability Form. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, S4EA would like everyone participating in S4EA activities to have been vaccinated.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, SPORTS Camp will be run a little differently. Activities will be outside & spread out more. Groups maintain social distance from other groups while still seeing other S4EA families & friends. Transportation will not be available because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Campers must be brought directly to Camp Marston in Julian which is a 1 hour drive from San Diego. Limited spots available because of the pandemic.


A Family Rate Special is available. A partial scholarship is available. For more info on camp, please call S4EA at (858)565-7432 or click on camp button below.

Chaperones Needed for SPORTS Camp in Julian

Volunteers ages 18 & over are needed to chaperone for SPORTS Camp May 5-7 at Camp Marston in Julian. Family and friends are welcome to chaperone. No experience needed. Call S4EA at 858-565-7432 to sign-up.

SD Parks & Recreation - Therapeutic Rec. Services


San Diego Parks & Recreation (SDP&R) – Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) provides therapeutic recreation programs for children and adults with any type of disability. Over the years TRS has been supporting SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes in obtaining contracts for the use of San Diego City Recreation Facilities (gyms & fields) through a SUP agreement which has ended. SDP&R-TRS is now co-sponsoring activities at SD City Facilities so that S4EA athletes and volunteers also need to register with SDP&R-TRS. S4EA athletes need to either register on-line with or register at the first practice with SDP&R-TRS. The facilities that S4EA uses in the spring are Park de la Cruz-Basketball/Pickleball Mon (Code: 106233), Balboa/Mt. Acadia-Baseball Wed/Sat (Code: 106235) & Kearny Mesa Rec Center-Open Gym Jr. (Code: 106234). 

S4EA Celebrates our 16th Anniversary

SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes (S4EA) was founded in April 2007 by a group of coaches, parents, volunteers & community members who found a need for a community based inclusive sports program for athletes with & without disabilities in San Diego County. Thank you to all of our athletes, families, friends, volunteers, coaches & supporters for making our first 16 years a great success!

What To Do To Get Vaccine

The Delta Variant of COVID-19 spread rapidly and the Omicron Variants spread even more quickly. Getting the vaccine and then the boosters when eligible is the best way to keep from getting the virus & going to the hospital.

Anyone 6 months and older can now get a vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and 100% free. Sign up for your appointment today and join the millions who are putting an end to this pandemic. Some websites to help find vaccines:


If you need help getting the vaccine, contact S4EA at 858-565-7432 to get COVID vaccine at Vincent Pharmacy.


To keep our athletes & others safe, please continue to social distance & wear a mask when near other people. S4EA opened our outdoor sports last summer & opened our indoor sports last fall. Get your vaccine & booster now to be safe to play our sports.

S4EA Practices/Tournaments – Guidelines During COVID-19

  • Download Athlete Registration Form & COVID-19 Waiver of Liability Form from S4EA website, fill out/email to S4EA

  • Do not come if you are sick

  • Check temperature (if above normal, don’t come to practice)

  • If have COVID, isolate at least 5 days & wear mask 10 days

  • Wear a facemask in large groups/indoor to help protect everyone & especially our athletes with disabilities

  • Get your vaccine/boosters & be safe to play our sports


Welcome to S4EA

S4EA is a San Diego based sports program serving athletes with developmental disabilities ages 5 through adult. Learn more about S4EA.

Sports Opportunities

S4EA offers over 20 sports in 4 sports seasons. Sports practices & tournaments in basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, flag football, floor hockey, soccer,  softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball & more.


How to stay safe during COVID 19.

Getting your vaccine & booster.

S4EA has opened indoor & outdoor sports that met all Guidelines.

Support Us

Support S4EA with United Way, Ralphs, community giving, donating, or volunteering.

Register in S4EA

Athlete Registration Form

COVID-19 Waiver of Liability

Pay Registration Fee


S4EA needs your help.

Volunteer as coaches.

Volunteer on projects.


Raise Money for S4EA at fun events such as Pancake Breakfast, Bunco, Gucamole Bowl, Golf Classic & "A Taste 4 SPORTS".


Experience a weekend of fun & excitement at SPORTS Camp. Play sports and do traditional camp activities (crafts, hiking, dance, talent show).


CDC Sports Recommendations


Based on CDC recommendations to help stop the spread of COVID-19 & especially the Delta & Omicron variants, S4EA would like everyone participating in S4EA activities to have been vaccinated & boosted.

Current Sports

.S4EA Spring Season

S4EA has opened up our indoor & outdoor sports that met all CDC Guidelines (depends on COVID-19 status). Click here for Athlete Registration Form & COVID-19 Waiver of LiabilityContact S4EA at 858-565-7432 for more updates. Once you are ready, athletes/volunteer coaches come join us in the following sports: 

Sport Practices


Wed        4:30-6:30pm        Balboa (3900 Mt. Acadia, SD 92111) practices starting Feb 22 (Code 106235)

Sat           10-12 & 9-11am  Balboa (3900 Mt. Acadia, SD 92111) start Mar 11 (click Baseball for home & away game schedule)

                                             Games are held at Balboa (10-12), Chollas Lake (9-11am) & Mira Mesa Youth Baseball (9-11am)


Mon        6:30-8:30pm         Park de la Cruz (3901 Landis St., SD 92105) starts Mar 20 [Spring League] (Code: 106233)

Thu         4:00-5:30pm         Kearny Mesa Rec. Center (3170 Armstrong, SD 92111) start Apr 6 [Open Gym Jr] (Code: 106234)

Thu         6:00-7:30pm         Bostonia Recreation Center (1049 Bostonia, El Cajon 92021) starting Apr 6


Sat          11am-1pm            Bowlero Chula Vista (845 Lazo Ct, CV 91910)-$9 for 2 games [League Play]

Sat          11:30am-2pm       Parkway Bowl (1280 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon 92020)-$6 for 3 games (call Sue to register)

Floor Hockey           

Fri           5:30-7:30pm          Parkway Com. Ctr. (373 Park Way, CV 91910) start Apr 7 (Tm 1 5:30-6:30pm/Tm 2 6:30-7:30pm)


Mon        5:30-6:30pm         Park de la Cruz (3901 Landis St., SD 92105) starts Mar 20 (Code: 106233)  


Sat          10:00am-12noon Sweetwater High School (2900 Highland Ave, National City 91950) 

Sun         9:00-11:00am       Helix High School (7323 University Ave., La Mesa 91941) ending Apr 16 


Limitless Adventures is a volunteer-led, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides outdoor recreational experiences for people with disabilities. Their current programming consists of hikes and nature walks & operates within the Greater San Diego Area. For more info, go to: - Upcoming events: Hike-Mar 25, Apr 22

Wear Masks in Large Groups Indoor. Get your vaccine/boosters now. Call S4EA at 858-565-7432 for more info on COVID.

S4EA Tournament & Event Dates 

Apr 15     8-10am                 S4EA Pancake Breakfast - S4EA Office  

Apr 22     9am-1pm             S4EA Final Track Meet - Sweetwater High School 

May 5-7   Fr 4pm-Su Noon S4EA SPORTS Camp - Camp Marston in Julian 

Jun 1        6-9pm                  S4EA "A Taste 4 SPORTS" - Balboa Park Club 

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