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Top row: Young people practicing their football skills in running, passing and throwing the ball. John Harris (on far-right corner), from Marin City, also helped with the coaching. Second row from left: Xavier Williams, Diana Hernandez, Cassandra Ruark, Nancy Hoang, Jamila Gippson, Jonnesha Luckett. Standing on the back of the Youth Football truck are Tucker Baksa, Tyrell Atkinson, Ashton Williams, Megan Wirth, Xavier Williams, Taylor Raines. Bottom row: group shot of the youths and Youth Football coaches. (Photos by Godfrey Lee)

Football Camp in Marin City

By Godfrey Lee

Top row: Young people practicing their football skills in running, passing and throwing the ball. John Harris (on far-right corner), from Marin City, also helped with the coaching. Second row from left: Xavier Williams, Diana Hernandez, Cassandra Ruark, Nancy Hoang, Jamila Gippson, Jonnesha Luckett. Standing on the back of the Youth Football truck are Tucker Baksa, Tyrell Atkinson, Ashton Williams, Megan Wirth, Xavier Williams, Taylor Raines. Bottom row: group shot of the youths and Youth Football coaches. (Photos by Godfrey Lee)

Top row: Young people practicing their football skills in running, passing and throwing the ball. John Harris (on far-right corner), from Marin City, also helped with the coaching. Second row from left: Xavier Williams, Diana Hernandez, Cassandra Ruark, Nancy Hoang, Jamila Gippson, Jonnesha Luckett. Standing on the back of the Youth Football truck are Tucker Baksa, Tyrell Atkinson, Ashton Williams, Megan Wirth, Xavier Williams, Taylor Raines. Bottom row: group shot of the youths and Youth Football coaches. (Photos by Godfrey Lee)

The 49er Gatorade Junior Training Camp-Youth Football was held last Thursday, June 20, at the baseball field in Marin City.
The 70 participants were divided into three groups where they learned how to pass, catch and run with the ball. Adult coaches from Youth Football helped the young people improve their skills.
“It is not our hope here to turn them into professional football players” says Tucker Baksa from the football training camp. “We are just trying to instill the basics in them, running back, quarterback, wide receiver, tackling.
“That is the hope, but you never know. Maybe there is a chance that something new will spark in these kids, and they play for the 49ers one day.”
Baksa said the coaches preach hard work, responsibility and respect. “I think that covers all aspects of life whether it deals with family and friends and whatever your specific sport is,” he said.
Youth football is a part of the 49er organization, which holds about 75 of these camps throughout the Bay Area. The camps are free of charge for any non-profit organization or elementary school program that works with youth from ages 7-14.
Youth Football also advocates “Play 60,”where children play for 60 minutes a day. The 49er program views this as a one way to tackle childhood obesity.
The Football Camp was also a kickoff event for the Marin Summer Scholarships Enrichment Program, organized by Felecia Gaston of Performing Stars of Marin and the Phoenix Project of Marin.
The enrichment program will provide camp activities for 100 children, ages 5 to 18, from low-income families in Marin. About $50,000 was raised from local donor organizations to support these camps, designed to help the youth explore life and learn about themselves.
“This is the program that gets them out and exposes them to different experiences,” Gaston said.

Living Legend Dick Gregory Speaks in Marin City

By Godfrey Lee.
Melvin Atkins contributed
to this story

Top row from left: Melvin Atkins, Oshalla Dianne Marcus, Dick Gregory. Below: Dick Gregory speaking to the audience in the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Marin City. Photos by Godfrey Lee.

With less than a 24-hour window in which to act, the Black History Year Committee and the Marin City community came together to host Richard “Dick” Gregory, one of America’s living legends and historic figures.
Gregory had been in Oakland earlier last Thursday to help commemorate the 32nd anniversary and memorial of the massacre in Jonestown, Guyana. The Jonestown massacre, which occurred in 1978, took the lives of over 900 people, including 350 children and infants. The memorial was held at the Evergreen Cemetery and was organized by Jynona Norwood.
Gregory was one of several speakers at the memorial.  “As a family man with 10 children and 12 grandchildren, I can feel the pain of that tragedy, and I want to share my sympathy with family and friends,” he said, identifying grief as a devastating experience that often kills those who cannot rise above it. Read more

Manzanita Center Hosts Amateur Boxing Event

By Godfrey Lee

From top to bottom, left to right: Steven Si and Marcos Escobado; Michael Gordon and Alfredo Toro, who was still suffering from his nose injury; Ulises Soriano and John Abella; Julio Vargas and Grant Hartwia; Rebecca Roth and Oldhina Alatriste. Photos by Godfrey Lee

The Marin City Manzanita Recreation Center hosted an amateur boxing event last Sunday afternoon, presenting eight bouts that showcased local youth.
Boxer Paul Nave was the ring announcer and gave a familiar voice to the event, which attracted a medium-sized crowd.
Jozette Justice and her daughter Danielle Smith served the hotdogs. Justice, who operates a weight-loss business, says that the amateur boxing, even with its risks, is still a good sport that gives young people something athletic to do beyond watching television and playing videos.
Isaac Garcia, 8 years old and weighing 70 pounds, represented Double Punches, defeating Cain Sandoval, 8 years and 72 pounds, from the Sacramento Boxing Club.
Andre Conway, 10 years old and 73 pounds, from Ring of Fire, defeated Johnathon Rubio, 10 years old and 68 pounds, from Double Punches.
Charlie Sheehy, 12 years old and 90 pounds, from Ring of Fire, defeated Isai Sandoval, 11 years old and 87 pounds, from Sacramento Boxing Club.
Marcos Escobado, 18 years old and148 pounds,  from Caballero’s Boxing Club, fought well and defeated Steven Si, 21 years old and 149 pounds from Santa Clara PAL.
Michael Gordan, 13 years old and 104 pounds, from Ring of Fire, defeated Alfredo Toro, 15 years old and 99 pounds, from the Sacramento Boxing Club. Toro suffered a nose injury 25 seconds into the third round.
John Abella, 20 years old and 132 pounds, from Caballero’s, defeated Ulises Soriano, 18 years old and 133 pounds, from DF Boxing Club. Both are fast fighters with good reflexes.
Julio Vargas, 21 years old and 142 pounds, from Double Punches, defeated Grant Hartwia, 18 years old and147 pounds, from Marin City Boxing Club. Grant’s father Jeff said his son fought well and is encouraging him to continue as an amateur boxer.
Oldhina Alatriste, 16 years old and at 144 pounds, outclassed and defeated Rebecca Roth, 16 years old and 142 pounds. The referee stopped the contest 53 seconds into the first round. Both are from Marin City.

Zarate Appointed to Marin County Foundation

By Godfrey Lee

Barbara Zarate

Barbara Clifton Zarate has been appointed by the Marin County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Board of Trustees on the Marin County Foundation, representing the interests the low-income residents.
As part of the nine-member board for the next four years, she will be involved in making decisions on funding for non-profit organizations that submit proposals to the Marin Community Foundation.
The board oversees more than 120 charitable trusts with a total current asset value of $1.1 billion, including the distribution of the Leonard and Beryl H. Buck Trust. The board’s responsibilities also include grant making, community outreach and assistance, fund development and investments.
Zarate currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Marin Child Care Council and works as a program officer for First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission.
She grew up in poverty and became a mother when she was a teenager. She had to raise her children on very little money, struggling to obtain a college education. Through this life experience, she is able to understand what it is like for others to struggle out of poverty and create a better life for themselves. Read more

Marin City Health Fair A Success

By Godfrey Lee

Top left: Dr. Wes Whalon explains to a patient the results of her cholesterol and blood sugar test. Top right: Lakeshia Clay and Deidre Griffin, volunteers screening men’s Prostate-Specific Antigen blood levels, posing with Jupiter Collins. Bottom left: Nicole LeDuc and Leshea Coleman helping out with the registration. Bottom middle: Terrie Green, Health Fair Director, and assistant raffles the children’s bicycles. Bottom right: LaDonna Bonner, Timothy “Timbalias” Hall, and Jozette Justice enjoy the health fair. Photos and collage by Godfrey Lee.

Many community members went to the Marin City Health and Wellness Center’s Health Fair last Saturday, taking advantage of the entertainment, health and nutrition activities and medical screenings .
Local residents found extensive resources and activities provided by 31 participating sponsors and 37 community organizations that set up information booths outside the clinic.  More than a dozen medical staff and assistants volunteered their time and energy to help with the screening. Read more