SportsHopes Spotlight: 10-8-2014

Not every pathway to a four-year college is an easy one. Ray Caravalho is a baseball pitcher student-athlete who has worked very hard as a student-athlete with regards to both academics and athletics. He has a story to be told one day as many student-athletes do, but he made it. From high school at Castro Valley High to a local community college and now onward to a scholarship with Holy Names University (Dll) in Oakland, CA, he is on his way. At times when he was not able to compete, he trained. Thank you to Gamespeed’s Aaron Thigpen for your expert training assistance. Ray, we are so very proud of you and your family and truly expect to watch you pitch and compete in the pros one day! We’re rooting for you!

UC Berkeley Fundraiser: 9-27-2014

Awesome people volunteering to help SportsHopes fundraise today at the UC Berkeley football game. Thank you so very much (L to R) Rob Caravalho (parent), Ray Caravalho (Holy Names University Baseball), Jennifer Oliver (SportsHopes), Ben Davis (UC Berkeley Track & Field), Lisa Davis (parent), Jake Mitchell (Chico State University Track & Field), Sharon Flores (UC Berkeley Running Club), Emanuel Morales (Chabot College XC/Track & Field) and Linda Mitchell (parent). Community at its best!

SAT Test Dates Information

SAT Test dates and SAT Subject Test dates for October, November and December are open for registration now! Please know that most colleges require your SAT (and/or ACT) test scores by December of your senior year of high school. (While some colleges also require the SAT Subject Test the UC’s and CSU’s do not except for in certain majors where it may be recommended.) It is best to take the SAT Test more than once as you have a chance of doing better in at least one of the test categories. Your best scores from each test and each category are sent to colleges.

UC Berkeley Fundraiser: 9-6-2014

Great time fundraising for SportsHopes at the UC Berkeley football game on Saturday, September 6. Colleges and professional sports often donate to nonprofits who volunteer and run concession stands at their events. Thank you so very much to SportsHopes teammates (L-R): Cameron “CJ” Edwards (CVHS track & field Class of 2015), Donna Martore (mom of Celeste, UC Berkeley soccer and Anthony, UCLA track club), SportsHopes founder, Jennifer Oliver, Franchesca Sousa (CVHS basketball Class of 2016) and her dad, Gary. Much appreciation for all of your help and look forward to seeing you again soon!

SportsHopes Spotlight: 9-2-2014

Franchesca Sousa Castro Valley High School Franchesca Sousa Castro Valley High with SportsHopes

Franchesca Sousa and her mom, Tina, recently reviewed Franchesca’s academics and pathway to four-year colleges with SportsHopes and all is on track! Next step: Write her letter to college coaches which she’ll send out in an email format. Her letter will help bring visibility to her as a Student-Athlete. Soon she’ll begin her 3rd season (junior year) as a starter for the Castro Valley High School girls varsity basketball team. She also competes on an AAU team spring, summer and fall. Franchesca is researching colleges to attend: D1, D2, D3 and NAIA. All deserve a close look. She’s got good grades and is an upstanding young lady who helps coach middle school girls basketball in her spare time. Great job, Franchesca!

SportsHopes Spotlight: 8-20-2014

Aaron Jones from Castro Valley High with SportsHopesGreat job, Aaron Jones! Last week Aaron reviewed his college pathway and this week he reached out to college coaches. Mom, Kathy West Jones, and SportsHopes, were there to help. With his 10.74 100m, 21.80 200m and 41.28 4x100m relay AND academics that are on track his future is bright as a collegiate student and athlete. Aaron has been competing in track as a sprinter for almost 10 years. He’ll graduate from Castro Valley High in June 2015. Go get your future young man! You have paved the way through your hard work and dedication!