International Volunteer Day
Presidio Sports and Pacific Western Bank have partnered to recognize important volunteer work in the local sports community. This monthly spotlight series is our way of thanking those that selflessly give themselves for the benefit of many. To all volunteers making a difference, we salute you.
Feel free to email worthy candidates for Volunteer of the Month to: email@example.com
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OF MONTH: Blondes vs. Brunettes for Alzheimer’s Association
It was a short pass and a long run. Scottee Reid caught the ball in motion from quarterback Sara Andrews, turned the corner and raced more than half the length of the field for the game’s only touchdown. The second-half score lifted those with the darker locks to victory, although both sides left the field feeling like winners.
That’s because the recent Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club raised $90,000 for the local Alzheimer’s Association. Hundreds of fans filled the stands and lined the sidelines, each one paying at least $20 for the chance to cheer on their favorite hair color.
The players and coaches committed three months of practicing two times a week to prepare for the big game.
“I like watching football but I was always a soccer player and so not until I started playing this game did I really have a new appreciation for football and the complexity of football,” said Blondes’ team captain Kiersten Hess.
PAST VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH:
July, 2015: Blondes vs. Brunettes for Alzheimer’s Association
June, 2015: Special Olympics World Games Host Town Committee
March, 2015: Rick “Buddy” Wolin of Dos Pueblos Little League
February, 2015: Santa Barbara Rugby Association
January, 2015: Paul Bradford, Elings Terrain Festival
October, 2014: Bill Rupp, Santa Barbara Veterans Marathon & Half
August, 2014: Micaela Velasquez, UCSB student-athlete leader
June, 2014: John Herzog, volunteer triathlon coach
April, 2014: Jerry Siegel, Special Olympics of Santa Barbara
January 2014: Christie Cooney & Lou Panizzon help endow future Warriors
November 2013: Leo Schumaker of “Leo’s Running & Racing”
September 2013: Parent volunteers raise money for SBHS Athletic Facilities
August 2013: Laurie Leighty
July 2013: Curtis Ridling
June 2013: Kent “Wojo” Wojciechoski
April 2013: Barney Berglund
March 2013: Daniel Giordani
February 2013: George Rempe
January 2013: Dan Brennan
December 2012: Nancy Eckert
November 2012: Matt Wagonhurst
October, 2012: John Maloney
September, 2012: Bill Swing
August, 2012: Annie Topete
July, 2012: MeLinda Matsumoto
June, 2012: Aaron Brown
May, 2012: Jeanie Purcell-Hill