SportsHopes Spotlight: 7-18-15

Miss Garvey Buchongo (on right) is a hard-working, academic-focused and soft-spoken advocate for youth. In addition to being a student-athlete at Hercules High School (Class of 2016) she also founded a tiny not-for-profit called “The Freedom to Run” project which donates lightly used track & field clothes and shoes to youth who participate in the sport. Garvey competes as a sprinter and long jumper for her high school and for the Hercules Running Rebels Track & Field Club (a club which her mom, Sudan, shown here on the left, co-founded for youth ages 6-18). Garvey is also a top-notch student with a weighted GPA of over 4.0. She plans to compete in track & field at the college level and will reach out to college coaches soon. In the fall she will also apply to a variety of high-academic colleges. Great effort and heart, Garvey. Proud of you and great job, Mom Sudan!

SportsHopes Spotlight: 7-7-2015

Congratulations to Elijah Lucy, Emery High, Oakland, CA, Class of 2015, who signed an athletic scholarship (LOI) with University of Nebraska Track & Field. Elijah is shown in photo on left on signing day 7/6/15 with family friend, Daniel Wright, who is a local advocate for youth in all things track & field and academics. Photo on right shows Elijah earlier this summer with proud Mom, Dorean Todd. Elijah is a hard worker, loves math, does volunteer work in the community and is a great track athlete and football player. His small high school did not have a track and field. Amazing what one can do when one wants to! A lot to be very proud of! Great job, Elijah! Go and grow and have a wonderful college experience!

SportsHopes Spotlight: 6-27-2015

Exciting day! Applied for a first grant for SportsHopes! Thank you to our volunteer sponsor, Jaime Orlando Garibay, of Safeway stores. New SportsHopes board member, Doris Davis-Allen, (on right) and SportsHopes Founder, Jennifer Oliver, (on left) took time to research the small grant program and fill-out the application. It takes community! We’ll see how things progress, think positive! A small grant will enable a broader opportunity for SportsHopes to share college pathway knowledge with high schools, student-athletes and their parents/guardians. Much appreciation!

SportsHopes Spotlight: 6-22-2015

She’s a straight-A student going all the way back to the 6th grade which takes tremendous effort on the part of Girls Varsity Volleyball Student-Athlete, Paulina “Nikki” Jensen, Class of 2017, Castro Valley High School. The 5′-9″ tall soon-to-be junior is well on her way to a top-notch school of academics and volleyball. She started on the varsity team as a sophomore and that will continue along with her starting role on a club team. She has served as team captain and does volunteer work in the community including helping coach volleyball at the local middle school. Great job, Nikki! She’s shown her with dad, Duane, and mom, Alma. A lot to be proud of!

SportsHopes Spotlight: 6-11-2015

They go and they grow! Demareyeh Lane is doing a great job as both student and athlete! He updated his FAFSA recently and will each year while in college. He’s a graduate of Castro Valley High and then spent one semester at Laney Community College in Oakland, CA, where he played on the football team. He was able to transfer after one semester because he was already academically eligible to attend a 4-year college. He accepted an athletic football scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. He has grown up so much! Proud of you young man and all that you have accomplished! Great job, Mom Toby Stinson, your love and support show strong!

SportsHopes Spotlight: 6-5-2015

Family! Martina Jane-Ann Daniel, pictured here with Dad, Terry and Mom, Michelle, continue to work together and plan for Martina’s four-year college pathway. Martina is a high school basketball player and cheerleader and will graduate from Bishop O’ Dowd High School in Oakland, CA, in 2016. Keep working hard and stay focused, Martina, we believe in you! Go get your future young lady!