April 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 starts April 10 at Miramar Lake from 1:15-3:30pm & S4EA will continue to monitor the COVID guidelines to open other sports. S4EA is continuing to offer Zoom Sports (Bocce-Tue & Sports Crater/Bean Bag Toss-Thu) & Exercise (Mon) Workouts at 6pm during the week. Beginning May 4, S4EA will offer Zoom Soccer on Tuesday and Zoom Basketball on Thursday. S4EA also has Zoom Karaoke Night /Athlete Council Elections on Apr 23 as well as socially distancing parking lot activities Drive-Thru Pancake Breakfast on Apr 10. Please join us at these activities.
California has started vaccinating people with disabilities as of March 15th. Athletes can sign a self-attestation that they meet the criteria in order to receive their vaccine. If an athlete needs help in this process, please call S4EA at 858-565-7432 or click on the Coronavirus page for more information.
Vincent Pharmacy is now offering COVID vaccines to all S4EA athletes. Please contact S4EA at 858-565-7432 right away to get your appointment set up.
Continue using S4EA Guidelines including social distancing, facemasks, etc. S4EA has a limited supply of new S4EA Facemasks for $8 (multi-color) at S4EA office.
S4EA is hoping that we can offer our outdoor summer sports by June/July. Stay tuned for updates!
S4EA Board of Director 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 April 12.
S4EA Celebrates our 14th 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 14 years a great success!
S4EA Drive-Thru Pancake Breakfast A Success
Over 70 people attended the S4EA Drive-Thru Pancake Breakfast on April 10 which raised over $1,800. Thank you for your participation.
S4EA Zoom Activities -
Karaoke Night/Athlete Council Elections Apr 23 & Scavenger Hunt May 21
The S4EA Zoom Karaoke Night & Athlete Council Elections is scheduled for Friday, April 23 from 6-8pm from the comfort and safety of home. We will sing a lot of songs while getting a chance to socialize with friends and other S4EA athletes. Elections will be held for the S4EA Athlete Council so get your speech ready on why you would like to become a member of the Athlete Council.
S4EA has scheduled a Zoom Scavenger Hunt on Fri May 21 from 6-7:30pm. Players find each item and show it to the camera. Each team receives one point for finding the correct item first.
Call S4EA at 858-565-7432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and to get the Zoom password info.
S4EA Socially Distancing Parking Lot Athlete Council Activities at North Shores -
Drive-In Movie Night May 7
The S4EA Drive-In Movie Night at S4EA/North Shores Parking Lot (9575 Aero Dr., San Diego 92123) is scheduled for Friday, May 7 from 7:30-9:30pm for $5.00 per person (includes movie, popcorn & drink). Park in the parking lot (every other space), eat popcorn & watch the movie in your lawn chair in the parking space next to your car. In this way you can social distance to see other S4EA families & friends.
Please use bathroom at home before attending these activities. Wear a mask & social distance at all activities. Call S4EA at 858-565-7432 to RSVP & to determine the latest status on the Coronavirus Pandemic.
COVID-19 Guidelines Evolving More People Get Vaccinated
California has started vaccinating people with disabilities as of March 15th. Athletes can sign a self-attestation that they meet the criteria in order to receive their vaccine. If an athlete needs help in this process, please call S4EA at 858-565-7432 or click on Coronavirus page.
According to the CDC, 14 days after individuals have received their second vaccine for Moderna and Pfizer (or their single vaccine for Johnson & Johnson), those individuals can start seeing other vaccinated relatives without a mask.
However, everyone must continue to social distance and wear a mask when out in public or near other people. Get your vaccine when it becomes available. 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 hoping that we can offer our outdoor summer sports by June/July. Stay tuned for updates!
Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine for athletes with developmental disabilities from DDS and Getting Rides to Vaccination Sites is available on the S4EA website on the Coronavirus page.
S4EA Zoom Sports Workouts - Bocce (Tue), Sports Crater/ Bean Bag Toss (Thu), and Zoom Exercise (Mon)
S4EA has scheduled Zoom Bocce Workouts on Tuesdays and Zoom Sports Crater/Bean Bag Toss on Thursdays from 6-7pm ending April 29 as well as Zoom Exercise Workouts 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 email@example.com to sign-up and get the Zoom password information. If you need bocce or Sports Crater/bean bag toss equipment (porcupine pallina, hacky sacks, Sports Crater board, etc.) for the workout, then call S4EA at 858-565-7432 ahead of time and come by the S4EA office.
Zoom Sports Crater Workout
S4EA 'Bingo' Exercise Program
S4EA has started a new 'Bingo' Exercise Program which can be done at home. To get a ‘Bingo’ each day, do 1 row or 1 column of activities and exercises on the ‘Bingo’ Exercise Program card. Mark off each activity after completion. By the end of each week, complete all the activities on the ‘Bingo’ Exercise Program (Blackout). Repeat doing the ‘Bingo’ Exercise Program weekly for 1 month (4 weeks). Win a Prize for completing & turning in your ‘Bingo’ Exercise Program to S4EA. If you want to do our 'Bingo' Exercise Program at home for a month and win prizes, call S4EA at 858-565-7432.
S4EA Volunteer Needed as Zoom Exercise or Yoga Coach
S4EA has been running Zoom Exercise and Yoga Workouts since last summer. We are now in need of a person who can lead the Zoom Exercise and/or the Zoom Yoga Workouts (or dancing, Zumba, jazzercise, etc.) . Please call S4EA at 858-565-7432 if interested.
Ride with our Cycling Program
Because cycling is an outdoor & socially distancing sport, S4EA is able to offer cycling during the Pandemic. Remember, though, cyclists must wear face masks anytime they cannot maintain the social distancing of at least 6 feet.
Athletes are encouraged to join the cycling program as cycling is a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon enjoying the sights of San Diego while also a great way to get exercise to keep in shape. Families and caregivers are welcome to ride along with the group. Rides are generally about 12 miles. Must wear helmets and provide own bikes and transportation to the meeting site. If you would like to join the cycling program, call S4EA at 858-565-7432.
The cyclists ride on Saturdays from 1:15-3:30pm at various locations starting April 10th at Miramar Lake, April 17th at Crown Point Shores & April 24th at Liberty Station.
Rides are posted on the S4EA website www.s4ea.org, calendar, or call head coach Russ Buckley at 619-992-0164 for more information.
S4EA offers over 20 sports in 4 sports seasons. Sports practices & tournaments in basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, soccer, softball, tennis, track, workout exercises & more.
S4EA Spring 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. All other sports are cancelled until further notice.
Contact S4EA at 858-565-7432 for more updates. Click here for Athlete Registration Form & COVID-19 Waiver of Liability.
Sat 1:15-3:30pm Various Locations starting Apr 10, 2021 [see calendar, S4EA website, coach for more info]
Apr 10 Miramar Lake (parking lot by snack bar)
Apr 17 Crown Point Shores (south end of parking lot) to South Mission
Apr 24 Liberty Station (parking lot near USS Recruit) to Coronado via Ferry
Mon 6:00-7:00pm Barnes Tennis Center (4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., SD 92107) ended Oct 26, 2020
Mon 6:00-6:45pm Zoom Exercise Workouts from the comfort & safety of your Home
Tue 6:00-7:00pm Zoom Bocce Workouts from the comfort & safety of your Home ending Apr 27
Thu 6:00-7:00pm Zoom Sports Crater/Bean Bag Toss Workouts from the comfort/safety of Home ending Apr 29
Tue 6:00-7:00pm Zoom Soccer Workouts from the comfort & safety of your Home starting May 4
Thu 6:00-7:00pm Zoom Basketball Workouts from the comfort & safety of Home starting May 6
Call S4EA at 858-565-7432 to get Zoom password info & if you need bocce, sports crater/bean bag toss, soccer, or basketball equipment (hacky sacks, pallina, sports crater board, soccer ball, basketball, etc.) for workout.
S4EA Event Dates
Apr 10 8am-10am S4EA Drive-Thru Pancake Breakfast - S4EA/North Shores Parking Lot
Apr 23 6-8pm S4EA Zoom Karaoke Night & Athlete Council Elections - From the Comfort/Safety of Home
May 7 7:30-9:30pm S4EA Drive-In Movie Night - S4EA/North Shores Parking Lot
May 21 6-7:30pm S4EA Zoom Scavenger Hunt - From the Comfort/Safety of Home
June TBD S4EA "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Gala Fundraiser - Virtual, Drive-Thru, or Live?
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