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TLC Newsletter Volume I, Issue III, December 2012
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Celebrity Waiters for TLC
Join us at our next exciting event – “CELEBRITY WAITERS FOR TLC” featuring 49er Legend Brent Jones & KNBR’s Larry Krueger on September 19th from 5p-7pm at The Counter in Walnut Creek. See attached flyer for more information.Read More
Berkeley Cement Inc. Joins TLC for Kids Sports as Corporate Partner
TLC for Kids Sports is pleased to welcome Berkeley Cement, Inc. (BCI) to our program. As our newest Corporate Partner, BCI joins our team of elite supporters – a group dedicated to improving our community and youth sports....one field at a a time. BCI was a key member of our team that built the Memorial Outdoor Classroom at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek. We thank BCI for their support and generous donations towards the program!
KNBR Raises $11,000 for TLC for Kids Sports!
The first annual KNBR & City National Bank’s Dinner With a Legend series was a huge success and raised over $11,000 for the TLC for Kids Sports program.
Hosted at The City Club in San Francisco, the inaugural series featured local “Legends” in sports from World Series Championship Managers Bruce Bochy and Tony La Russa to Hall of Fame broadcasters Jon Miller and Lon Simmons.
KNBR & City National Bank’s Dinner With a Legend series will return again with 3 events benefiting TLC for Kids Sports later this year!
Las Lomas Outdoor Classroom Article Published in Alive East Bay
Las Lomas Memorial Outdoor Classroom article published in Alive East Bay magazine. Check out page 20!Read More
Construction Breaks Ground for Las Lomas Outdoor Classroom to Memorialize Two Students Who Died
BERKELEY, CA, April 2, 2012 – Non-profit organization TLC for Kids Sports, sponsored by O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc., announced today that construction broke ground for the Las Lomas Outdoor Memorial Classroom. This is the culmination of a year-long fundraising campaign and school activities in honor of Gavin Powell and Matt Miller, two students who died last year while rafting in a storm-swollen local creek.Read More
PG&E Partnering with TLC For Kids Sports to Renovate Memorial Park in West Sacramento
Memorial Park in West Sacramento has been selected as the winner in a new partnership with PG&E. As a sponsor of the TLC for Kids Sports program, PG&E will spearhead a Volunteer Day at Memorial Park in June. More details to come, but look for a volunteer opportunity in West Sacramento this June!
California Ford Dealers - “Hitting Home Runs For Youth Sports” - Official Corporate Partner of the TLC For Kids Sports Program
For every Giant home run hit in the 2012 season, California Ford Dealers will donate $100 to the TLC For Kids Sports Program. California Ford Dealers will be recognized as the sponsor of this feature within a LIVE :10-second drop-in during every regular-season Giants game. In addition, every Saturday Pre-Game Show and Sunday Post Game Show (hosted by Marty Lurie), a weekly recap and Home Run Tally will be featured.
Chilton Auto Body Supports the TLC for Kids Sports Program
Chilton Auto Body helps “Save” youth sports in partnership with the TLC for Kids Sports program! For every “Save” racked up by the Black and Orange pitching staff during the 2012 season, Chilton Auto Body will donate $100 to the TLC for Kids Sports program. Listen to the Giants Broadcast on KNBR, as Chilton Auto Body promotes this effort in :15-second play by play commercials during every game.
LOOKING BACK: EASTRIDGE LITTLE LEAGUE FIELDS
It was just over a year ago when kids from Eastridge Little League in San Jose were greeted with the sight of a brand new ballfield to kick off the season. O.C. Jones & Sons completed the full renovation with the complete removal and reconstruction of the existing field, new irrigation, sod, infield, scoreboard, fencing, and associated work. They also addressed the needs of the dugouts, bleachers, backstop, and more. An adjacent unused lot was regraded and sodded to create a warm-up and practice area. After the work was completed, the award winning project brought joy to an underserved neighborhood and a safer place to play for the children of the community.
So, how is the field holding up today? The makeover of the field is proving to stand the test of time. We caught up with Eastridge Little League President Jerry Soriano for an interview.
Looking back on the renovation that TLC for Kids Sports and OC Jones did for the field, how is it holding up today?
This is a 360 degree turn from what we had before. We had ruts in the field and it needed constant irrigation, grass work and things like that. Compared to what we had prior to the renovation, the field is in great shape. You’re always going to have rodent problems, but not at the great percentage that we had previous to the renovation. Everybody loved it that came there. We scheduled games so that no division got more advantage and used it more than the other. Of course, as a t-ball field, little kids get it first.
Has the field renovation affected the increase in the number of players or participation in the game?
Definitely! Our girls program has risen because of this renovation. Before, we didn’t have a girls division. We were trying to advertise girls softball for a long time, although we didn’t have the facilities. At that time, we had to deal with the city parks and they are under their own constraints.
Has the newly renovated field improved the safety of the children? If so, how?
Yes, that’s the first thing that’s great about it. Bad bounces, being what they are on a grass field, can inflict some physical harm, but we keep the surface very smooth and neat. The new field is a whole lot safer than what we had before.
Can you provide an example of a kid whose life may have been changed or improved through sports?
You don’t find that out until later in life. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for the kids to work on improving their skills. We connect that with education, connect it to building self-esteem, responsibility, teamwork, and the ingredients that make a kid want to participate in his local community as a better person, especially at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. The greatest experience that I’ve had is seeing a kid, maybe 20 years later, who is now a teacher, a police officer, or has excelled in another way and comes back to recognize the little league for contributing in his life, where there was once a void.
On the NBC news story you said that “there’s that sense of wonder that a great field presents image-wise to a child” – Do you think that the newly renovated field has affected the self-image of the children that are playing on the field? If so, how?
When you’re talking about a sense of wonder, when a child’s expectations are elevated under the influence of something that is beautiful, that looks neat to them, that he can share with other players, it makes them feel a lot better about themselves, and about the community. It’s their first impression of something that exists that’s good in their lives.
We’re very thankful for everything that OC Jones and TLC for Kids Sports have done for us!