The REV brings together adaptive and non-adaptive cyclists in a fabulous, fun event that raises about $200K to support all BORP’s programs. This year’s ride will be held on Saturday, September 21 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Rosa. Riders can choose between four rides in beautiful Wine Country:
The Festival following the rides takes place in a lovely garden at the Hyatt Regency. There’ll be music, delicious food, wine & beer, and free professional massages for riders.
Riders are required to raise $400. But don’t worry, we make that easy with lots of wonderful tips and tools.
Use the code EARLYBIRD and register by June 30 to get 50% off your registration fee!
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
On April 24, BORP and the Cesar Chavez California Children’s Services Therapy Unit hosted a Sports Day at the Cesar Chavez campus. The event brought in 14 Oakland students with a variety of physical disabilities to try wheelchair basketball, adaptive cycling, and to learn about BORP and the programs we offer to Bay Area youth.
Generally, these kids are never around other kids like themselves, and never get to simply get out and play. These events offer them an opportunity to play sports with other kids who have similar disabilities.
Eleven new kids tried wheelchair basketball for the first time. Three current BORP athletes, Kevin, Joseph, and Eyan, helped run drills and answer questions.It was an incredible day on the court and we hope to be hosting several more of these events in the near future!
Talia Geliebter is a member of the BORP Shockers, Athlete #34
On Friday, April 5, 2019, my power soccer team, the BORP Shockers, drove down to Carpinteria, which is near Santa Barbara to play in three power soccer games. Ten teams competed with each other in this tournament.
On Saturday, April 6, we didn’t have games until later in the afternoon and in the evening, so we rolled to the boardwalk and across it a couple of times. The weather was very beautiful and sunny. The games were running an hour ahead of schedule, so I had to get to the gym and get into my soccer chair. After the speed test, both teams faced each other and chatted. It was fun getting to know the opposing team. The first game was against the Sacramento Valley Flames team and we beat them 2-0. My teammate Ian and I scored goals in that game. We had a 2-3 hour break in between games, so I went to the boardwalk again with my parents while the rest of my teammates were watching the other games at the gym. As I was rolling back and forth on the boardwalk, I practiced my visualization and breathing as I was preparing myself for the second game of the day
The second game began a little after 6 p.m. I had to quickly head back to the gym and get back into my soccer chair. After we speed tested, we headed over to meet the team that we were playing against. That team was the Central Valley Ghostriders and they weren’t very friendly. At least we were able to grab a photo opportunity with them before the game started! We ended up losing 0-4 because they were very good and very quick at setting up! After that very tough game, the BORP Shockers went out for dinner and dessert.
On Sunday, April 7, we had our final game against the Glendale Rough Riders. Again we chatted with them after the speed test. It was fun getting to know the Rough Riders and where they came from. It was a pretty close game, but we ended up winning 3-2. Ruby, my teammate, mainly scored in that game. After the game, we said goodbye to the hosts, loaded the soccer chair into the van, and headed home. I had tons of fun over the weekend. Winning two games was a joy as well.
The Kathryn Black Invitational, held on May 5 & 6, was an truly awesome event!! The competition was fierce and friendly with teams battling to win and at the same time showing respect and appreciation for their opponents’ efforts. The first day initiated and sealed many friendships as all the athletes became invested in each other’s success.
The generosity of our sponsors ensured that we had first class meals, awards, souvenirs and amenities. Thanks to USPSA, Power Soccer Shop.com, Dominic and Karen Russo, BORP and all our donors for supporting the event and the vision of the KBI and perpetuating Kathryn Black’s legacy!
Thanks to volunteers, families, friends, attendants, and staff for their donations of time, resources, talents, patience and good humor. A few of the many exemplars: Josh Burger and his family, Dindzans family, Shemaria family, the announcing crew, St. Theresa students, Delta Gammas, Scot Goodman, Dawn Nakashima, Mike Wolford, Betsy Dorsett and BORPees back to the beginning of time (1975).
Thanks to the coaches for their leadership and commitment to the athletes: Julie Fuller, Alberta Cunningham, Pam Richerson, Tony Paradis, Margo Roeckl, Paul Navazio, Julian Perez.
Thanks to our awesome officials: Head Referee Dan Chafey, Bill Cain, Lauren Candia, Mark Jones, Paul Navazio, Phil Weaver.
Veteran Warriors took the Championship over the Sac Valley Flames, with a Golden Goal in the 2nd overtime period to win 1-0. BORP Bombers led by Tournament MVP, Edana Contreras, were in synch from start to finish of the 3rd Place game and overcame the SLO Dragons 5-1.
Golden Guard winner: Lady Villegas, Sac Valley Flames
Top Defender: Julian Perez, Veteran Warriors
MVP: Edana Contreras, BORP Bombers
Spirit of the KBI: Mohan “Mr. V.” Vallbhapurapu (actual award was lost in the shuffle, it’s on it’s way).
All Tournament selections
SLO Dragons: Matt “Mad Dog” Green, Megan Costenze
Sac Valley Flames: Lady Villegas, Hunter Horkheimer
Veteran Warriors: Julian “Big Daddy” Perez, “Wheelchair Willie” Hendrickson, Al “Sharpshooter” Marconi (quote in the subject line is from Al)
BORP Bombers: Edana Contreras, Brooklynn Watson, Chanelle Stallmeyer, Charlie Cleberg
Power Soccer Rocks!
This year, the BORP Annual Hall of Fame and Awards Celebration will honor the women of BORP. It’s no surprise, of course, that women athletes and leaders have made important contributions to BORP, but many people may not realize that BORP was started in 1976 by two young female CAL students, Susan Sygall and Diane Schechter. Given that BORP started as a sports program at a time when there was little equity and visibility for women in sports, having women in these and many other leadership roles at BORP was remarkable. Today, women and girls continue to contribute immensely to BORP, making up the majority of staff, playing key volunteer roles, and participating as dedicated and outstanding athletes.
On June 19, we will celebrate the achievements and contributions of the following women and girls:
The Women of Quadzilla (Bonnie Lewkowicz, Sun Chan, Val Brown, Susie Grimes, Megan Schirle, Ann Cupolo-Freeman & Lori McLeod)
We will also honor The Clif Bar Family Foundation for their longstanding and generous support of BORP.
Lindsay Gottlieb, Head Coach of the Women’s Basketball team at UC, Berkeley will keynote the event.
All proceeds from the event will benefit BORP.
Please join us!