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March 2024 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

Join S4EA at Bunco on Sat Mar 23 and S4EA Pancake Breakfast on Sat Apr 13 at S4EA Office. S4EA is running our winter & spring sports in baseball, basketball, bowling, cycling, swimming, track, and volleyball. S4EA athletes & volunteers are looking forward to SPORTS Camp May 3-5 at Camp Marston in Julian. "A Taste 4 SPORTS" gala fundraiser,  scheduled for Wed June 26 at the Balboa Park Club, is honoring SD Padres Pitching Legend Randy Jones as our 2024 'SPORTS' Man of the Year

Check out the rest of the Newsletter or call S4EA at 858-565-7432 for more information.

S4EA Bunco Sat, March 23 at S4EA Office from 1-3pm

SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes presents Bunco on Saturday, March 23 outside by the S4EA Office (8380 Vickers St. #E, San Diego 92111) from 1-3pm. Tickets are $20 - which includes hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks and two rounds of tournament play. Bunco is a dice game of chance. If interested in playing Bunco, winning prizes (most wins, most losses & most Buncos) & supporting S4EA, call 858-565-7432.

S4EA Pancake Breakfast Sat, Apr 13 8-10am at S4EA Office

The S4EA Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser is being held at the S4EA Office (8380 Vickers St. #E, San Diego 92111) on Sat April 13 from 8-10am for $10 per person. The breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice & coffee.

Dance Interest

“Dancers with Heart’ is a new dance group. Some of our tournament volunteers have started a dance group and are interested in teaching our athletes dance. If you are interested in participating in a new dance program, please call S4EA at 858-565-7432.

S4EA Board Elections

S4EA will be having elections for our new Board of Directors in a couple of months. 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 March 6.

S4EA Sports News Highlights

S4EA swimming is starting up on Friday, March 22 at a newly renovated pool in National City. S4EA is holding swimming practices at Las Palmas pool on Fridays from 5-7pm with non-swimmers from 5-6pm and swimmers from 6-7pm.

S4EA sports starting up this spring include baseball on Saturdays at Balboa, cycling on certain Saturdays at various locations, and volleyball on Mondays at Park de la Cruz. Bowlers are continuing on Saturdays at Bowlero Chula Vista, and on select Sundays at Mira Mesa Lanes.

Over 60 S4EA track athletes are competing in 2 upcoming S4EA Track Meets at Sweetwater High School on Saturday, March 2 and April 20 from 9am-1pm.

Over 20 S4EA basketball teams are competing in the S4EA Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 16 from 9am-5pm at Park de la Cruz and Mid-City Gym.

“A Taste 4 SPORTS” June 26 at Balboa Park Club

S4EA is hosting for our members the 17th Annual "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Gala Fundraiser on Wednesday, June 26th 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 from the band ‘Beatle Trax’ & bid on an exquisite array of auction items. Reservations are $60 per person.

 

S4EA will be honoring San Diego Padres Pitching Legend Randy Jones as our 2024 'SPORTS Man of the Year'. Randy Jones won the Cy Young Award with the San Diego Padres in 1976 and was inducted into the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame.

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 www.s4ea.org.

S4EA SPORTS Camp May 3-5 at Camp Marston in Julian

S4EA has scheduled SPORTS Camp for May 3-5 at Camp Marston in Julian. Camp Marston offers sports & traditional camp activities (climbing tower, candle making, paintball slingshots, hikes, nature center, Ga-Ga, talent show, campfire). Campers spend 2 nights in new group cabins with bathrooms under guidance of chaperones/ camp counselors. Because Camp Marston is hilly, a camper using a wheelchair may be limited to certain activities (cabins & dining hall are accessible). Persons with disabilities, families, friends, volunteers, coaches & supporters are all welcome to join S4EA at camp. Transportation will not be available. Campers must be brought directly to Camp Marston in Julian which is approximately a 1 hour drive from San Diego.

The S4EA SPORTS Camp Registration Fee is $300 per camper 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 3 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.

 

Partial scholarships & Family Rate Specials are available. For more info, call S4EA at (858)565-7432. 

SPORTS Camp -

Chaperones Needed

 

Volunteers ages 18 & over are needed to chaperone for SPORTS Camp May 3-5 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 SDRecConnect.com or register at the first practice with SDP&R-TRS. The facilities that S4EA uses in the winter are Park de la Cruz-Basketball/Futsal Mon (Code: 111442) and Kearny Mesa Rec Ctr-Basketball Jr. Thu (Code: 111443). The facilities that S4EA uses in the spring are Park de la Cruz-Basketball/Pickleball/Volleyball Mon (Code: 113290), Balboa/Mt. Acadia-Baseball Sat (Code 113292) & Kearny Mesa Rec Center-Basketball/Open Gym Jr. (Code: 113291).

S4EA Practices/Tournaments – Guidelines 

  • Download Athlete Registration 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 the new COVID vaccine & be safe to play our sports

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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.

Coronavirus

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, Facebook birthday fundraiser, donate a vehicle, or volunteering.

Register in S4EA

Athlete Registration Form

Pay Registration Fee

Volunteering

S4EA needs your help.

Volunteer as coaches.

Volunteer on projects.

Fundraising

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

SPORTS Camp

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

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Current Sports

.S4EA Winter & Spring Season

Sport Practices

Baseball        

Sat          10am-12noon      Balboa (3900 Mt. Acadia, SD 92111) start Mar 2 (Code: 113292)

Basketball   

Mon       6:00-8:30pm         Park de la Cruz (3901 Landis St., SD 92105) ending March 11 [Winter League]Code: 111442)

Mon       6:00-8:30pm         Park de la Cruz (3901 Landis St., SD 92105) start Mar 18 [Spring League] Code: 113290

Tue         6:00-7:00pm         Boys & Girls Club-Vista (410 W. California Ave, Vista 92083) ending Mar 12 

Thu         4:00-5:30pm         Kearny Mesa Recreation Center (3170 Armstrong, SD 92111) ending Mar 14 [Jr] (Code: 111443)

Thu         4:00-5:30pm         Kearny Mesa Rec Ctr. (3170 Armstrong, SD 92111) start Apr 11 [Spring Open Jr] (Code: 113291)

Thu         6:00-7:30pm         Bostonia Recreation Center (1049 Bostonia, El Cajon 92021) ending Mar 14 

Fri           5:30-7:30pm         Parkway Com. Center (373 Park Way, CV 91910) end Mar 15 (Tm #1 5:30-6:30, Tm #2 6:30-7:30)

Bowling          

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

Sun Mar 3 & 17 11am-12:20pm  Mira Mesa Lanes (8210 Mira Mesa Blvd, SD 92126) -$8 for 1 game, 1-2 Sundays per month, Call Cathy 949-922-3441 

Cycling

Sat Mar 2 1:15-3:30pm       Tidelands Park, Coronado-Parking lot nearest bay. Cyclists ride once a month in winter. 

                                             [see calendar, S4EA website, coach or call S4EA at 858-565-7432 for more info]

Swimming    

Fri          5-7pm                    Las Palmas Pool (1800 E 22nd St, NC 91950) start Mar 21 (Non Swim 5-6, Swimmers 6-7pm)

Track                

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) not March 3

Volleyball     

Mon        5:30-6:30pm         Park de la Cruz (3901 Landis St., SD 92105) from Mar 4-25 (Code: 113290)

Workout-Hikes/Exercise

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 other activities & operates within the Greater San Diego Area. For more info, go to: https://www.limitless-adventures.org/ -Upcoming events:  Ski-Mar 1, Hike-Mar 23 

Call S4EA at 858-565-7432 to confirm winter & spring season sports information.

S4EA Tournament & Event Dates 

Mar 2       9am-1pm              S4EA Prelim Track Meet - Sweetwater High School 

Mar 16     9am-5pm              S4EA Basketball Tournament - Park de la Cruz & Mid-City Gym

Mar 23     1-3pm                   S4EA Bunco - S4EA Office 

Apr 13      8-10am                 S4EA Pancake Breakfast - S4EA Office 

Apr 20      9am-1pm              S4EA Final Track Meet - Sweetwater High School 

May 3-5   Fr 4pm-Su 12pm  S4EA SPORTS Camp - Camp Marston in Julian 

Jun 26     6-9pm                    S4EA "A Taste 4 SPORTS" - Balboa Park Club 

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