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December 2016 BORP Newsletter

Dear BORP Supporter,

You may have read the story of April, the youngest member of our power soccer teams, in the East Bay Times this holiday season. At BORP, April found, not only a sport she loves, but a group of people who have become like a family to her and her parents. And really, this is one of the most valuable benefits BORP has to offer: a community of people who, through bonds built while engaging in sports and recreation activities, become life-long friends and members of our BORP family.

We are so grateful for your ongoing participation, support and generosity. You make it possible for us to continue to offer so many high quality programs to so many people. But more importantly, your involvement with BORP as a volunteer, a participant, and/or as a donor makes our BORP family stronger and enhances our amazing community. And so, on behalf of the board and staff at BORP, I want to wish you a very peaceful and joyful holiday season and a happy New Year.

Warmest wishes,

Rick Smith's signature
Rick Smith
Executive Director

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April playing power soccer
April playing power soccer with a big smile on her face.
Photo courtesy of Scot Goodman.

Oakland girl joins a team, finds a family

The East Bay Times recently shared the story of BORP's youngest power soccer player. April joined the Bombers after moving to Oakland with her family. But when April showed up to the gym to watch power soccer for the first time, what she really found was a family.

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Group shot of all the Goalball players and volunteers after the BORP Goalball Invitational XXII. Photo courtesy of Scot Goodman.
Group shot of all the Goalball players and volunteers after the BORP Goalball Invitational XXII.
Photo courtesy of Scot Goodman.

Incredible Competition at the BORP Goalball Invitational XXII

Another great tournament is in the books! BORP Goalball Invitational XXII, on Saturday, December 10, was a wonderful day of spirited competition, skillful play and community engagement!

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14th Annual BORP Poker Slam
Save the Date for the 14th Annual BORP Poker Slam:
February 25, 2017

Save the Date for the 14th Annual Poker Slam: February 25, 2017

We'll be hosting the 14th Annual BORP Poker Slam, a fundraising poker tournament benefiting BORP's Power Soccer program, on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Ed Roberts Campus. Registration will open in early January.

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Group pic of Jr Road Warriors at the airport traveling to Pheonix
Group pic of the Jr Road Warriors at the airport traveling to Phoenix. Photo courtesy of Garnett Silver-Hall

Jr. Road Warriors compete in Phoenix

The Jr. Road Warriors traveled to Phoenix for a tournament on December 10. Coming away with a 2-2 record, the Jr Road Warriors had an awesome tournament!

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San Jose Sharks Sled Hockey
BORP's new sled hockey jerseys will feature the San Jose Sharks logo, thanks to Sharks Ice

BORP Sled Hockey gets a new look thanks to Sharks Ice

It's official: BORP's Sled Hockey team has new jerseys from the San Jose Sharks. Be on the lookout for the Sharks on Friday evenings at the Oakland Ice Center!

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View from Bird Walk trail
View from Bird Walk trail: Tall brown grass with yellow flowers in front of a wooden bridge leading to the saltwater marsh, a pond, and the the foggy coast in the distance. Photo courtesy of Bonnie Lewkowicz.

Birds a-plenty in Bodega Bay

Bird Walk is a mile-long loop trail through a revitalized 14-acre saltwater marsh at the mouth of the Cheney Creek, where it empties into Bodega Harbor and Bodega Bay. This is one of Sonoma County's prime spots for bird watching.

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Did you know that you can donate your car, truck, RV, or boat to BORP? You vehicle donation is tax deductible and so, with the end of the year approaching, now's the perfect time! Click here to learn more!

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