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June 2021 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 has started to reopen our sports as cycling rides every Saturday from 1:15-3:30pm at various locations and tennis starts practices on June 21 at Barnes Tennis Center. S4EA will continue to monitor the COVID guidelines to open other sports. S4EA is continuing to offer Zoom Sports (Soccer-Tue & Basketball-Thu) & Exercise (Mon) Workouts at 6pm during the week. S4EA also has Zoom 'Grease' Party Night on June 4 as well as socially distancing parking lot activity Drive-Thru "A Taste 4 SPORTS" on June 17. Please join us at these activities.

Depending upon new county guidelines, S4EA hopes to reopen our outdoor summer sports in July. Stay tuned for updates! 

S4EA Board of Directors 

Congratulations to the new 2021-22 S4EA Board of Directors elected at the S4EA Board meeting on May 12.

3-year term: Rodney Caudillo, Ron Choularton, Adrian Lizano.

1-year terms: Joe Alvarez-Salas, Kelly Choularton, Isaac Hernandez.

Executive Committee: Skip Covell (Pres.), Randy Levinson (Vice President), Teri King (Treasurer), Adrian Lizano (Secretary), Ron Choularton (Exec. Com. Member).

Other Current Board Members: Nicole Alvarez, Martin Duarte, Aik Kalantarian, Carissa Nelson-Zink. 

What To Do To Get Vaccine

Anyone 12 and up 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 and wear a mask when near other people. Get your vaccine. We want to all stay healthy until the vaccine is widely distributed and we can once again start playing SPORTS and seeing our friends and relatives. S4EA is planning to open up our outdoor summer sports after July 4th. Stay tuned for updates!

S4EA Practices – Please do the Following 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, do not come to practice)

  • Before & during practice, coaches clean various surfaces, sports equipment, etc. with HOCL to kill any COVID-19 virus

  • Wash hands often with soap & water for at least 20 seconds

  • Wear a facemask

  • Maintain Social Distancing of at least 6 feet

  • Bring your own filled water bottle (recommended)

  • Bring your own sports equipment (highly recommended)

  • Bring your own chair (recommended)

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

  • Do not touch other people

  • Only touch your own equipment

  • Avoid giving handshakes, high fives, and hugs 

S4EA Drive-Thru  

"A Taste 4 SPORTS"

Fundraising Event June 17

 

SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes would normally be hosting our 14th annual “A Taste 4 SPORTS” gala fundraiser at the Balboa Park Club in beautiful Balboa Park for 350-400 guests. However, because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, S4EA cannot hold an indoor fundraising event with several hundred guests. Instead, S4EA is having a Drive-Thru “A Taste 4 SPORTS” event for S4EA members on Thursday, June 17th from 5-8pm at S4EA/North Shores (9575 Aero Drive, San Diego 92123).

For a $50 donation, Guests drive-thru to:

  • Sample Tasty Offerings from Local Restaurants and Caterers

  • Listen to Great Music

    • 'Los Tecolotes' band featured live on stage

    • Steph Johnson with S4EA athlete Isaac on big screen​

    • Joe Castro, Wandering Minstrel

  • Participate in the Raffle

  • Meet Celebrities including

    • NBA basketball Hall of Fame player Bill Walton 

    • Talk with 'Mad' Mike & view his Classic Cars on Display

  • See our S4EA Athletes, Families & Friends during the Drive-Thru

 

Participate in our online auction  at www.biddingowl.com/Sports4ExceptionalAthlete from June 1-16 with great getaways, sports memorabilia, gift certificates, tickets, art, etc.

 

Because “A Taste 4 SPORTS” is our largest fundraiser, S4EA needs your support now more than ever, so that S4EA can provide the same high level programming once the Pandemic is over.

Enjoy Restaurants at Drive-Thru "A Taste 4 SPORTS"

*Bang Energy

*Bread & Cie

*Cookies con Amore

*Creative Ideas

*Guillermo's-Pepe's Street Tacos

*Koji Morisaki

*Mimi's Kitchen

*Pick Up Stix

*Screaming Pete’s BBQ

 

. . . & more!

S4EA Thanks the Drive-Thru "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Sponsors  

Gold Level ($5,000+)

  • Nick Brumbach

Silver Level ($1,000+)

  • Ahrens Family & Friends

  • Emil Ghio Family

  • Gibson Family

  • Jerry & Mary Ellen Harris Family

  • Richard Harris Family

  • Jackson/Snowdall Family

  • Yates/Julius Family

Bronze Level ($500+)

  • Alvarez Family

  • Benavidez Family

  • Colors Gourmet Pizza

  • Mary & Rick Cunningham Family

  • Clara Downes

  • Geneva Financial

  • Teresa Gillaspy

  • Goldbaum Family

  • Idy Land Surveying

  • National Certified, Inc.

  • Kathy Nelson

  • Rathbun Family

  • Sonnenberg & Company, CPA's

  • Jennifer Styer/Duane MacNeilan

  • Super Wash & Dry Laundromat-Chula Vista

S4EA Taste Online Auction June 1-16

Getaways to exciting locations such as Laughlin & round-trip Southwest  Airlines tickets.

Sports–golf, hockey, horse racing, etc.

Sports Memorabilia includes golf star Phil Mickelson, ice hockey Hall of Famer Willie O'Ree, San Diego Chargers players Lance Alworth (Hall of Fame), John Hadl & more .

Artwork, Jewelry & many more items.

S4EA Zoom Activities -  

‘Grease’ Party Night June 4

S4EA has scheduled a Zoom ‘Grease’ Party Night on Fri June 4 from 6-7:30pm. ‘Grease’ is a musical of working-class youth in high school from the 1950’s.

Call S4EA at 858-565-7432 or email sds4ea@gmail.com to RSVP and to get the Zoom password info.

S4EA Zoom Sports Workouts - Soccer (Tue), Basketball (Thu) & Zoom Exercise (Mon)

 

S4EA has scheduled Zoom Soccer Workouts on Tuesdays and Zoom Basketball Workouts on Thursdays from 6-7pm ending June 29. S4EA Zoom Exercise Workouts are scheduled on Mondays from 6-6:45pm from the comfort and safety of your home.

S4EA coaches Walter Jackson, Nicole Alvarez, Clara Downes & Myra Snowdall lead the sports workouts. Call S4EA at 858-565-7432 or email sds4ea@gmail.com to sign-up and get the Zoom password information. If you need soccer or basketball equipment (soccer ball & basketball) for the workout, then call S4EA at 858-565-7432 ahead of time and come by the S4EA office.

Zoom Basketball Workout

Zoom Soccer Workout

S4EA Summer Outdoor Sports Season – Bocce, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track

 

As more and more people are receiving their COVID-19 vaccine shots, people are now able to do more activities. California is scheduled to open up most activities after June 15th. We are waiting for the various outdoor facilities that we use to open so that we can obtain new facility contracts. We will then check with our various head coaches to see if they are ready to run practices with the new rules, guidelines, and protocols. When that happens, S4EA is planning to open up our outdoor summer sports after July 4th, including bocce, soccer, softball, swimming & track. More than likely only certain practice sites will open in each sport and we will only do certain types of drills at practice.

Many of the San Diego City practices will now be held at Park de la Cruz (3901 Landis Street, San Diego 92105) which is near the University Ave. & Hwy 15 Transit Plaza bus stop. San Diego Park & Recreation-Therapeutic Recreation Services has moved their offices to Park de la Cruz and they get our San Diego City contracts. Park de la Cruz has a nice 2 court gym (similar to the Mid-City Gym which is less than a mile away) as well as a nice softball field and athletic fields. San Diego City soccer practice is scheduled on Mondays starting July 5th from 5:30-8pm at Park de la Cruz.

Because COVID-19 spreads mostly through the air, S4EA plans on opening up our outdoor sports first because there is much better air circulation outside and is therefore much safer than indoor sports where air circulation is not as good. Because SPORTS Camps utilize indoor facilities for sleeping, eating, and some other activities, S4EA will probably not be ready to open SPORTS Camps this summer, as we want to first make sure that running our outdoor sports is safe.

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Welcome to S4EA

S4EA is a San Diego based sports program serving athlees 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, soccer,  softball, tennis, track, workout exercises & more.

Coronavirus

How to stay safe during COVID 19.

Exercising at Home.

Cancelled practices & events.

Updates on reopening sports.

Support Us

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

Register in S4EA

Athlete Registration Form

COVID-19 Waiver of Liability

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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S4EA Summer Season

 

S4EA had a Soft Opening of select S4EA practices of cycling & tennis using new S4EA Guidelines including social distancing, facemasks, etc. Zoom Exercise & Sports Workouts are held from the comfort & safety of your home. California guidelines are opening up most activities after June 15th. Therefore, S4EA is planning to open up our outdoor summer sports after July 4th that meet all Guidelines. Contact S4EA at 858-565-7432 for more updates. Click here for Athlete Registration Form & COVID-19 Waiver of Liability.

Sport Practices

Bocce

Tue         5:30-7:00pm         Morley Field Bocce Courts (2221 Morley Field Dr., SD 92104) starting July 6 [League Play]

Cycling

Sat          1:15-3:30pm         Various Locations starting Apr 10, 2021 [see calendar, S4EA website, coach for more info]

July 3                                    No Ride (4th of July weekend)

July 10                                  De Anza Cove Park (parking lot, north end, nearest Route 5) around Mission Bay

July 17                                  Tidelands Park, Coronado down Silver Strand

July 24                                  Liberty Station to Seaport Village

July 31                                  No Ride

Soccer

Mon        5:30-8:00pm         Park de la Cruz (3901 Landis St., San Diego 92105) starting July 5 [League Play]

Softball

Wed        5:30-8:00pm         Morley Field Softball Fields (2221 Morley Field Dr., SD 92104) starting July 7 [League Play]

Tennis

Mon        6:30-7:30pm         Barnes Tennis Center (4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., SD 92107) starting June 21 (not 7/5 & 8/9)

Track

Sun         9:00-11:00am        Helix High School (7323 University Ave., La Mesa 91941) starting July 11 (not July 18)

Workouts (Soccer, Basketball) & Exercises Using Zoom

Mon        6:00-6:45pm         Zoom Exercise Workouts from the comfort & safety of your Home ending June 28

Tue          6:00-7:00pm         Zoom Soccer Workouts from the comfort & safety of your Home ending June 29 

Thu          6:00-7:00pm         Zoom Basketball Workouts from the comfort & safety of Home ending June 24 (not June 17) 

Call S4EA at 858-565-7432 to get Zoom password info & if you need soccer or basketball equipment (soccer ball, basketball, etc.) for workout.

 

S4EA Event Dates 

Jun 1-16    thru 1pm 6/16  S4EA Online Taste Auction  – www.biddingowl.com/Sports4ExceptionalAthlete

Jun 4         6-7:30pm          S4EA Zoom 'Grease' Party Night - From the Comfort/Safety of Home

Jun 17       5-8pm               S4EA Drive-Thru "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Gala Fundraiser - S4EA/North Shores Parking Lot

Aug 29      9am-5pm          S4EA Soccer Tournament - Morley Field in Balboa Park

Sep 12       9am-5pm          S4EA Softball Tournament - Morley Field in Balboa Park