News: St. Joseph HS cosponsors water polo camp with Olympic stars

U.S. water polo stars Tony Azevedo, Maggie Steffens and Andy Stevens will present a two-day Azevedo Central Coast Youth Water Polo Camp Aug. 8 and 9 at Paul Nelson Aquatic Center in Santa Maria.

The youth camp is co-sponsored by OneWay Water Polo, St. Joseph High School, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Convention Bureau and the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department. The two-day event (9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day) will teach water polo skills and tactics to high school-aged young men and women in a team day-camp environment.

Azevedo, a four-time All-American, is captain and Stevens is goalkeeper of the U.S. men’s national water polo team. Steffens was the high scorer on the U.S. gold medalist women’s water polo team at the 2012 Olympics, and was named the international swimming federation’s top women’s player of the year.

Tony Azevedo’s father Ricardo, a veteran water polo coach of several national teams, also will be on deck to share his experience and knowledge of the sport.

The Azevedo Central Coast Youth Water Polo Camp is the brainchild of local water polo families who wanted to bring more awareness of the sport to the Central Coast. According to St. Joseph High School and OneWay Water Polo Coach, Charlie Bell, “Having the top male and female water polo athletes in the world, along with one of the top coaches in the world, is a great honor and wonderful opportunity for our community.”

The fee for the camp is $275 per player and registration forms are available through the Azevedo Central Coast Youth Water Polo Camp: visit http://www.centralcoastwaterpolocamp.com/.

For more information, contact Edla Enberg at 805-268-3686, email eenberg@gmail.com, or visit www.centralcoastwaterpolocamp.com.

Hundreds of free camperships raised for Circle V Ranch Camp
Carlos was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and although he is 14, mentally he is close to eight years old. A bright spot in Carlos’ life has been weeks at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Circle V Ranch Camp north of Santa Barbara.

Because of a St. Vincent de Paul fundraising event held in the spring, 235 free camperships — about 20 percent of the total number of children served by the camp — are being offered to disadvantaged children like Carlos. “We don’t like to turn anyone away,” said David Fields, executive director of the society’s Los Angeles council, who encouraged all Catholic children in Southern California to apply for camp.

This year’s camp fund-raiser honorees were attorney Ursula Hyman, the Dan Murphy Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank, to whom the Society expressed gratitude for sending so many inner-city children to camp. Hyman, of Latham & Watkins LLP, said she was excited to participate.

“Camp can be a life-changing experience,” she said. “The society’s mission goes to the heart of Christ’s message to do for the least of our brethren.”

"I am so very thankful for the generous support to fund camperships that allow children to experience the awe and wonder of an outdoor, faith-based camp,” said camp director Ray Lopez. “The Society's Circle V Ranch Camp truly inspires hope in so many youth who often face many challenges at home."

Annual fundraiser born out of Mission Appeal at San Roque
Women to Women International, Ghana High School Project, will host its fifth annual fundraiser on Aug. 18 in Santa Barbara.

The project originated after Silvia Morgan, a San Roque parishioner, heard Father Clement Cobb, from Ghana, gave a homily during a Mission appeal about the situation of women in his home diocese. Morgan felt “a calling to help these women finish high school,” initiated contact with the local school principal, Mrs. Gabriella Wumnaya, and found a local non-profit that took on the project, which involves raising money to sponsor high school girls so they may complete their studies.

The event on August 18 begins at 2 p.m. For information, contact Silvia Morgan, (805) 252-5983 or love2salsa2000@yahoo.com.

St. Vincent’s Golf Classic set Aug. 26
The 12th annual Golf Classic to benefit St. Vincent's Children & Family Service Programs will be held Aug. 26 at La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara.

St. Vincent’s has served the Santa Barbara area since 1858, changing lives through education, family strengthening and affordable housing programs.

The event begins with registration at 10 a.m., followed by lunch, golf (18-Hole Texas Scramble) and the awards ceremony and reception. Tickets are $375; to register, contact Lauren French, (805) 683-6381 or lfrench@sv-sb.org.

St. Bonaventure HS plans golden jubilee events
A series of 50th anniversary events will commence Aug. 30 and 31 at St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura.

The school will host a rededication ceremony on Aug. 30, 11:45 a.m., and then a golden anniversary Mass on Aug. 31, 10 a.m., with Archbishop José Gomez presiding, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church adjacent to the campus. An open house and barbecue will follow at the high school, 3167 Telegraph Road (RSVP required).

This fall, the 23rd annual golf tournament will be held Sept. 23 at Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo, and a 50th anniversary Candlelight Christmas Concert will take place Dec. 6 at the school’s athletic center. The golden anniversary dinner dance and all class reunion will be held March 1 at the Ventura Beach Marriott, and the celebration concludes May 4 with the 50th anniversary fiesta.

St. Bonaventure High School, named for the patron saint of the city of Ventura (San Buenaventura), began with 70 freshmen in September 1963. The original teaching staff was composed of five Sisters of Notre Dame, led by Sister Mary St. Lawrence Begin, sister of then-Oakland Bishop Floyd Begin.

In September 1966 the Franciscan Brothers were added to the faculty and administration, with several serving as principal until Marc Groff was named the first lay principal in 2007. The current enrollment is approximately 600 students.

For information on golden jubilee events, call (805) 648-6936 or visit http://www.saintbonaventure50.org/.

Aquinas College hosts Socratic seminar and breakfast at Napa Institute
What is the spiritual nature of work? How does it affect the relationship between labor and capital? How should concerns about rising technology, threats to the environment, and globalization affect economic policy and decision-making?

Such questions will be addressed by faculty members of Thomas Aquinas College at a breakfast and seminar about the meaning and implications of “Laborem Exercens,” Blessed John Paul II’s 1981 encyclical on human work. The seminar will take place Aug. 1 during the Napa Institute’s 2013 conference, “Catholics in the Next America.”

Everyone in attendance is invited to participate actively in the conversation, led by Thomas Aquinas College president Dr. Michael McLean, and vice president Dr. Paul O’Reilly. The Napa Institute takes place July 31-Aug. 4 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley. Napa Information: (800) 634-9797.




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