Santa Barbara Independent

Shooting Hoops for Shoes

The children of Franklin Elementary School in Eastside are getting a hand up thanks to Training C.A.M.P.(Communities to Achieve Maximum Potential), which was founded a few years ago by Sergio Hernandez. …He now works at his alma mater Westmont College in Montecito and gives the rest of his time to Training C.A.M.P. and working on his master’s degree in business at Pepperdine University.

Special Olympics World Games Underway in Los Angeles: Santa Barbara Gives Warm Welcome to Visiting Athletes From Central America and Caribbean

Santa Barbara did its part to roll out the welcome track — and the welcome pool — for athletes and coaches participating in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games now underway in Los Angeles. For several days preceding the opening ceremonies, Westmont College provided housing and facilities for delegations from four of the 165 participating nations: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and St. Kitts and Nevis. more

Special Olympics World Games Underway in Los Angeles

Santa Barbara did its part to roll out the welcome track — and the welcome pool — for athletes and coaches participating in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games now underway in Los Angeles. For several days preceding the opening ceremonies, Westmont College provided housing and facilities for delegations from four of the 165 participating nations: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and St. Kitts and Nevis. more

Short-Term Rental Meetings Open to Public

The county’s Long Range planners are looking for community input on what to do about controversial vacation rental housing, or “short-term rentals” as the county terms them. An ordinance is in the works, and the planners have been examining noise, parking, and traffic issues, as well as the effects on tourism, income, and revenue. …The next workshop occurs on Thursday, July 30, at 6 p.m., in Westmont College’s Page Hall Multipurpose Room, 955 La Paz Road. more

Providence Announces New Girls Volleyball Coaching Staff

Steve Stokes, Providence athletic director, is pleased to announce the hiring of three new girls volleyball coaches. “In our coaching search, we focused on finding the right group of people to build a great volleyball program here at Providence. We have found that dynamic group,” he says, announcing the appointments of head coach David Goss, head JV coach Luke Sunukjian, and assistant coach Madison Serrano. …Madison Serrano comes to Providence after playing for Westmont the past four years. She graduated this past spring with a degree in political science. more

Spotlight on Santa Barbara Basketball Stars

On a night of heartfelt but lengthy speeches, a man who did not utter a word drew an outpouring of affection and applause at the second annual dinner of the Santa Barbara Court of Champions. …On behalf of the NAIA, Westmont College coach John Moore presented Steward’s son, Lowell Jr., the organization’s Champions of Character Award, though as Moore said, “Nothing can repair the injustice of 1941.” more

Track Stars Gun for Götzis

Götzis is a quiet alpine village in Austria that makes international news every May as the host of a premier multi-event track-and-field competition called the Hypo Meeting. …Two other athletes who toiled throughout March and April at the Westmont College track are entered in the Götzis heptathlon: Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who was runner-up in the 2013 worlds and subsequently topped that by being wed to Eaton, and former UCSB standout Barbara Nwaba, runner-up in last year’sU.S.A. Championships. more

Honoring Santa Barbara Hoop Dreamers

In the coming weeks, the sports awards season reaches a peak with the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table’s 48th annual Hall of Fame fête and the induction of the second class into the Santa Barbara Basketball Court of Champions. …Tuğçe Canıtez: The Turkish Olympian helped make Westmont College history by leading the Warrior women to the 2012 NAIAnational championship. more

Keith Terry Forgives, Empowers

Lena Terry remembers seeing her future husband speak from the pulpit for the first time, when she was new to Santa Barbara and searching for a church. …Terry’s been known to offer his office as a crash pad and to work for free on job sites that require a minimum amount of workers so his trainees don’t lose out on a paycheck, and he personally ended a bullying situation for one San Marcos High student who’s now thriving at Westmont College. more

Impact X Inspires Goodwill Work

Paksy Plackis-Cheng arrived in Santa Barbara more than a decade ago because of her private-sector ties to Software.com, but the region’s vibrant nonprofit community is what made the Dutch marketing and management executive stay. …To hammer that point home, Plackis-Cheng is hosting a thought-provoking collection of speakers at the New Vic on May 19, 4-6 p.m., with Stanford’s Marcello Palazzi (who cofounded B-Lab Europe);  …and Westmont grad Teresa Law, who, with Daniel Spitzer, runs Mountain Hazelnuts, which is expanding agriculture in Bhutan. more

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