SportsHopes Fundraiser: November 28, 2015

Lots of hot cocoa sales at our SportsHopes fundraiser at Cal Berkeley’s final football game of the season, chilly and breezy, but with lots of warm-hearted volunteers working and friends stopping by. With you we make it a success, thank you so much! (R-L) Robin Caravalho (son Ray is a starting pitcher at Holy Names University, Oakland, CA); Doris Allen (SportsHopes board member has two sons in college, Ben at Cal Berkeley and Jonathan at Chabot CC); Dash Oliver (a SportsHopes founding student-athlete mentor, Cal grad, new teacher and coach); Jeanette Pacheco-Boisse (son, Jacob, is a member of the crew team at Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA; daughter, Alyssa, is a SportsHopes founding student-athlete mentor, CSU East Bay grad and corporate business administrator; daughter, Sara, is a student at CSU East Bay); Diana E Rivera (daughter, Marzetta, is working towards a veterinary career; daughter, Jeanette, is working towards a nursing career); and Jennifer Oliver (SportsHopes founder). Alex Lazzereschi, Bri Miller, Cameron Davis and everyone it was great to see you all! Athletics are a positive factor that help us go and grow, be and become!

SportsHopes Spotlight: November 22, 2015

This past week SportsHopes founder, Jennifer Oliver, had the honor of presenting a heartfelt message from post-collegiate student-athlete, Alitta Boyd, founder of a tiny new organization called, Post Collegiate Track & Field Network, at a Pacific Association-USA Track & Field meeting. Alitta’s brief message states: We Need Your Help, Our Sport is Dying. Alitta’s org offers free support and a network to fellow post-collegiate student-athletes who are trying hard to move up in their track and field aspirations. For Tier 3 & 4 athletes it is a huge challenge. Alitta, an accomplished horizontal jumps athlete, competed for Oakland PAL as a youth, is a graduate of Moreau Catholic High in Hayward, CA, and a graduate of USC. Her message can be viewed via the pdf. If you think about it, there are lots of post-collegiate distance running/walking clubs but what about track & field…?

SportsHopes Fundraiser: November 15, 2015

Cold night at our SportsHopes fundraiser yesterday at the UC Berkeley vs. Oregon State football game, a lot of hot cocoa sales, but all good! Thanks so much to those who braved it out from start to finish, (from R-L): Doris Allen, SportsHopes Board Member; Kayla Dickerson, Laney Community College Track & Field Class of 2016; RJ Harrison, Castro Valley High Football Class of 2016 with Encinal High School friend, Don, (sorry you two couldn’t stay for the game!); Chester Elliott, Castro Valley High Football Class of 2017; Sherie MacGregor, Community Advocate and SportsHopes founder, Jennifer Oliver. Thank you and much appreciation!

SportsHopes Spotlight: November 12, 2015

Student-Athlete Alex Lazzereschi is the leading scorer in the Coast Conference as a competitor for the Los Positas Community College (Livermore, CA) Water Polo Team. He is also president of the Las Positas CC Investor’s Club and a graduate of Foothill High School Class of 2015. The former DECA member has been competing in Water Polo since the 8th grade and is on track to move forward to a four-year college in 2017. Alex, also known as Sasha (nickname for Aleksander and Aleksa…ndra), was born in Russia and at the age of four adopted by a U.S. family. The 5’11″ athletic young man has not taken anything for granted and is focused on building a bright future. This was the first season for the brand new Men’s Water Polo program at LP headed by Coach Robert Arroyo, a former coach at Long Beach State and four-year starter on the UC Berkeley Men’s Water Polo Team. Alex’s stats (#1 in Coast Conference) are located on the CCCAA website which will be updated shortly to show even more impressive results. Alex, keep up the great job you are doing, proud of you!

SportsHopes Fundraiser: November 1, 2015

Perfect day for fundraising yesterday, fantastic volunteers, a very busy collegiate football game (Cal vs USC), Halloween, sunny weather and Daylight Savings all in one! We sold out of all food items we had! Thanks so very much to SportsHopes volunteers you made the day a success! (R-L): Bob and Leslie Gamez (parents to Bailey who is a sophomore student-athlete volleyball player at Menlo College, Atherton, CA, an NAIA school); Leah Kimball and son, Donovan (Donovan is a top-notch football player and basketball player at Logan High School in Union City, CA. The big guy will graduate in June and move forward to a four-year college. His sports information can be found on MaxPreps and HUDL); Doris Allen, SportsHopes board member; and Jennifer Oliver, SportsHopes founder. Huge appreciation always!

SportsHopes Spotlight: October 29, 2015

Creative, diligent, thoughtful, hardworking and big in heart, senior Cole Sanders has plans for a career in the animation and film/video industry. He’s an excellent student and athlete (varsity football) at Castro Valley High as well as an accomplished martial artist. He and his family (shown here with Mom, Yolanda M Sanders, Dad, Corey, and younger sister) have been researching California colleges that have established animation programs and they will visit those campuses over the next few months. Cole is drafting his UC application personal statement essays and will apply to UC – University of California campuses as well as CSU – California State University campuses in November for admittance in Fall 2016. He’s also getting ready to take the SAT exam for a second time as he knows that four-year colleges honor the highest score from each SAT exam subcategory which is why it is recommended to take the exam more than once. This means for instance if a Math score is highest from exam #1 than that is the score that will be honored. If a Critical Reading score is highest from exam #2 than that is the score that will be honored. Colleges review GPA, core courses, SAT (or ACT) scores, community service, leadership and extracurricular activities when making admittance decisions. Some colleges, such as the UC’s, also have essay requirements. Good luck to you, Cole! You are a fine young man and a great human being! Bright future ahead!