Current projects in progress:
San Juan Diego – Hyatt employees and Julien Fruchier Yoga Retreats & Co. continue to make the improvements. Painting was the primary focus for the month of February. Below is the Yoga group. They have made 7 visits over the last few months.
DIF new Life Home for Boys – Located in Colonia Coapinole. It is a home for young boys from ages 7 to 16 who have had a misfortune in their lives. The home is managed by DIF, the Social Services part of the Municipal Government. Repairs, painting and lights installation to be done. DIF donated 10 gallons of special color paint and lighting fixtures. We now have all the material and are focusing on doing the necessary masonry repairs, then the pain- ting begins. The JSP sponsors boys who want to play American Football via the Torpedos. Last year 11 boys participated. One of those boys was awarded a full scholarship to Monterrey Institute of Technology to play American Football.
Lo de Marcos – Ursulo Galvan, Nayarit, Mexico
Basketball Clinic – February 21, 2018
Mike Guajardo Pasco of Washington state has 35 years experience in playing, teaching and coaching basketball. He became the most successful basketball coach in Pasco High School history. Inducted into PHS Hall of Fame in 2003.
Fritz is a lifetime student of basket- ball and coached at the college level for 5 years. Basketball provided many positive opportunities for him during his life. Fritz has lived in Lo de Marcos for 12 years and feels it is important to give back to the community we live in. He believes they all have passion and gifts they can share.
Sean O’ Brien is a young and energetic high school basketball coach and a volunteer from Canada. Back home he provides private sessions in tutoring basketball students. He extended his trip by 1 week to assist in the Basketball Clinic. In addition to the many excellent basket- ball mentors mentioned above that donate their time, a local business owner Stu Nelson, a public officer/ commissioner donated basketballs and nets. Stu Nelson is from Stu’s Team Sports (Pasco, Washington State) and was a significant contributor to the success of the clinic.
The clinic included fundamental drills, shooting, ball handling, rebounding and defense. Age of the boys and girls are 8 to 15. T-shirts were given out after the clinic.
Fritz feels the community response and kid’s excitement during and after the clinic were a joy to be a part of. Many of the kids were and are ready for another clinic. There is some consideration being given to another clinic in May. Also there is an opportunity to conduct a similar clinic, but focusing on baseball, that could gain momentum based on the results from the recent basket- ball clinic. Aurora Recreation Center Bodega (Behind Walmart and Galerias) – New shelving and racks for ladders.
Vista Hermosa – Reduce size of bolder in the field, add additional dirt, move and cement 2 goal posts. Fencing where required for the soccer field and volleyball court.
Chili Cook Off – Event Saturday, February 24th – See separate press release giving details.
New projects and Event coming up:
Two Kindergartens – Luis Medina, Colonia Ixtapa and Manuel de Jesus Clouthier del Rincon, Colonia Las Canadas. These are in partnership with the Navy League. Building maintenance.
Colonia Playa Grande Playground – Repairs to playground, fence and painting.
Children’s Cancer Screening Center – Finish tiling the last 3 rooms.
Salvation Army – Colonia Mojonares – Big roof job, painting and repairs, Metal green and blue.
Christ Church by the Sea – Allan D. Affleck Community Relations Director is looking to extend their outreach program through working with the JSP and a weekly feeding program. Velas Vallarta Hotel/ Condo – Working to bring them on as a partner in the projects. Same as Marriott, Hyatt and Julien Fruchier Yoga Retreats & Co.
Mango Festival – July 7th or 8th – With the Sister City Program of the Rotary Club.