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Social Event with Les Snead

45 WSA Members and guests enjoyed an interview between WSA’s Honorary Chairman Roy Firestone & LA Rams GM Les Snead, one night before the new NFL Season.  Les described the franchise’s return to Los Angeles as a  “rare opportunity and unique responsibility”.   Throughout the conversation Les shared insight on what he believes is the most important position on an NFL roster, the quarterback, and the value he places on them handling pressure.  Guests heard about Les pushing for Matt Ryan years ago, how close the Rams came to getting Andrew Luck, and the unexpected location negotiations for Jared Goff took place.  Roy’s questions also engaged Les in commentary on social issues, including the team’s response to turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri and reactions to his staff drafting Michael Sam.  Les also endorsed WSA’s work in the community and shared his belief that “you do a lot of work in school, but you learn about life through sports”.  WSA is ecstatic to welcome the Rams back to Los Angeles adding to the city’s storied legacy of athletics.

Social Event with Vince Ferragamo

This Summer, WSA celebrated the Rams return to Southern California by heading down to Training Camp at UC Irvine to watch practice, listen to an interview with former Rams Super Bowl Quarterback Vince Ferragamo, and ask questions. Vince recollected about time spent with Jerry Brown and NFL Owners, helping to get the team back to the state. Vince shared what it was like to face the Steelers in Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl, as well as the key differences in today’s game. Looking forward to the upcoming season, he also profiled the team and its chances getting back to the playoffs after a decade-long drought.

Fitness Equipment Donation

WSA Member Michael Garvey, and his business The Dumbell Man Fitness Equipment, outfitted the Slauson Recreation Center with many new pieces of weight room equipment. WSA has funded Slauson Recreation Center each year since 2010, supporting its baseball, basketball, and flag football programs. WSA is proud to have members like Michael Garvey who have find unique ways to support our community partners within their business model.

LA Kings Social Event

On March 6th, WSA had the pleasure of hosting four LA Kings players who were all part of the 2012 & 2014 Stanley Cup Championship teams. Roy Firestone held an interview with Jarrett Stoll, Alec Martinez, Jeff Carter, and Matt Greene, which proved to be a very memorable night. Guests learned about the guys’ favorite moments in their hockey careers as well as what it was going to take to get one of the final playoff spots heading into the post-season. All the guys praised their goaltender “Quicky” and remarked how normal and calm he is compared to the other goaltenders they know around the league. Dustin or “Browny” was called out as the team’s puck hog and the audience was surprised to learn that their Capitan, nicknamed “Kopi” actually speaks five languages. They discussed changes in the game regarding player safety and the lack of enforcers in the league. The group also heard stories from life on the road and the carbo-load pre-game meals they enjoy together before home games.

LMU Baseball First Pitch

WSA held a Member Reception prior to a Spring 2016 Baseball matchup between Pepperdine & Loyola Marymount in Westchester, CA. Members cheered on Kaelyn, the daughter of former WSA Executive Director Chris Turkmany, as she threw out the first pitch at the baseball game. During the pre-game announcements and on the game’s radio broadcast, Westcoast Sports Associates was profiled to many college baseball fans. Specifically they heard about the Loyola Marymount & Pepperdine’s youth summer camps and the scholarships provided each year as part of recurring WSA grant funding.

Social Event with Rick Reilly

This Spring, nearly 60 WSA Members and friends of the organization enjoyed a very memorable night, hearing about the world of sports from one of its greatest sportswriters. Rick Reilly was a perfect Special Guest for WSA because he can relate to the importance of youth sports, having coached his children’s baseball and basketball teams. Rick’s experiences with sports legends were hilariously complemented by anecdotes of time spent with Bill Clinton, Oprah and countless others. Bringing the focus of the evening back to philanthropy, guests celebrated Rick’s considerable success advocating for his charity Nothing But Nets, which has prevented millions of life-threatening insect-born illnesses.

2016's Gold Medal Dinner Gala!

2016 was another successful year for WSA, and the highlight as always, was the Dinner Gala event when the Roy Firestone Award was presented to Bob Costas. On Saturday October 22nd 2016, over 350 community members turned out to celebrate the organization’s support of youth sports in Southern California and enjoy an unforgettable interview between long-time friends, Roy and Bob. The conversation traversed Bob’s initiation into professional sports broadcasting with the Spirit of St. Louis all the way up to his record 11th Olympics Games as NBC’s primetime host in Brazil two months before the event. Roy’s questions provided the audience an insider’s perspective from Bob’s seat during infamous exchanges with Jerry Sandusky, Vince McMahon, and Bobby Knight. Thanks to so many corporate sponsors, individual donors, and the events extensive auctions net revenues of $260,000 were earned all to help make youth sports and character education programs more accessible to economically disadvantaged families.

2015's Knockout Dinner Gala!

Approximately 320 guests were in attendance to hear about the impact WSA grants make across Southern California. This annual fundraiser’s main event, Roy Firestone’s interview with George Foreman, as usual, did not disappoint. George’s recollection of his upbringing, led him to describe America as the home of compassion, giving to kids that “drop out of society” a chance to grow in positive ways. He shared the immense pride felt after winning the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics and waving the American flag. Foreman’s many storybook fights were discussed including knocking out Joe Frazier in Jamaica, the unforgettable match against Muhammad Ali in Zaire, and culminating his comeback beating Michael Moorer to regain his position as the world Heavyweight champion, at age 45 no less. George put the event in perspective very nicely when he said: Well if it hadn’t been for the work you are all doing, if someone wasn’t doing that for me, it never would have happened, There is a George Foreman in those donations, believe me! Thank you to our many generous sponsors continuing your support of WSA’s efforts to make quality youth sports more affordable and accessible in Southern California.

Social Event with Leigh Steinberg

Over 45 guests joined six of Westcoast Sports Associates’ volunteer members to celebrate the organization’s community impact at The Balboa Bay Club for a conversation between special guests Paul Bartelt and Leigh Steinberg on Wednesday May 18th 2016! Members Paul Bartelt, Zac Bindler & Mike Gottlieb were instrumental in organizing this special event and filling the room with new friends of WSA from Orange County. Leigh shared some formative experiences from his days at UC Berkeley, including interactions with then-California Governor Ronald Reagan. The group in attendance heard about the deep connections he developed with Steve Young, Warren Moon and countless other NFL legends. They also heard about the level of care Leigh prioritizes among the athletes he represents. Of the utmost importance to Leigh is that athletes use their higher profile to help the communities close to them. He recounted his three decades of Super Bowl parties that have provided substantial fundraising dollars to both local and national charities. Thank you Leigh for making this night so special for Westcoast Sports Associates and its many new friends in Orange County.

Social Event with Joe Buck!

Nearly 70 guests celebrated WSA’s community impact at The 900 Club for a friendly conversation between special guests Chris McGee and Joe Buck on Wednesday August 12th 2015. Joe recounted growing up in the press box following in the footsteps of his best friend, his Dad Jack Buck. Guests were able to hear about what its like to announce World Series and Super Bowl championships and heard an impromptu command performance of Ring of Fire by Joe Buck Cash alongside WSA Member Kelley James.

Annual Poker Tourney

On Saturday April 23rd 2016, WSA held its third annual Poker Tournament at the 900 Club in Manhattan Beach. This fundraiser was organized by Regan Hagestad and other WSA Members who helped gather over 40 donors. Once again this event generated significant support that will help one of the partner Recreation Centers by providing, uniforms, trophies and other essential equipment for their summer youth sports programming. Congratulations to the tournament champion, WSA Member Marc Navarro who closed out the final table. Westcoast Sports Associates is especially grateful to the event’s generous hosts at the 900 Club and sponsors at MGM Resorts for making our youth sports programming a priority again this year.

2014's Slam Dunk Dinner Gala

Over 400 community members came together to show their support for WSA and its community programs, raising over $220,000 in net proceeds from this marquee event. The pinnacle of the evening was Roy Firestone’s interview with UCLA great and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton. The audience learned about the many lessons instilled in Bill by (1998 Roy Firestone Award Recipient) Coach John Wooden and their many memorable experiences together. The many sports stories were complemented by a few Grateful Dead concert anecdotes and some touching family recollections.

Social Event with Rudy Tomjanovich!

This event provided an opportunity for Roy Firestone and other event guests to ask Rudy questions about his career. He discussed his All-American selection during his time at the University of Michigan and representing a single franchise throughout his entire professional career. Rudy re-lived his success as Coach of the Rockets and leading them to back-to-back championships in 1994 & 1995. Everyone present that evening got to hear his memorable quote first-hand: don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion. WSA would like to send a heart-felt thank you to Rudy for joining us this year!

2013's Dodger Dinner Gala!

Westcoast Sports Associates honored Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw at its 18th Annual Roy Firestone Award Dinner on November 3, 2013 and raised more than $225,000 to support youth sports programs. More than 420 people attended the event held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and celebrated “people giving back in the City of Los Angeles under the name of our great awardee”, as acknowledged by the evening’s emcee and WSA board member Sam Lagana. The Up-Close interview highlighted Clayton’s impressive accomplishments on the as one of the league’s strongest pitchers. The event also celebrated his efforts off the diamond, including his family’s projects: “Kershaw’s Challenge” and “Strikeout to Serve”, helping charities in Africa & Texas respectively.

WSA Timeline

1995

1995

At WSA’s first formal event, famed broadcaster Roy Firestone is honored and The Roy Firestone Award Dinner is established.

1996

1996

WSA adopts its first inner-city park, Jim Gilliam Park in central Los Angeles, where three new sports programs (baseball, basketball, and flag football) are established.

2000

2000

“The Great One” Wayne Gretzky, follows Jim Brown, John Wooden, and Sugar Ray Leonard, as the fourth Roy Firestone Award recipient. WSA now supports Recreation Centers in both the City of Los Angeles and the City of Santa Ana.  WSA also provides funding to 50 underprivileged children to attend summer basketball camp with USC Coach Henry Bibby at USC and UCLA Coach Steve Lavin.

2003

2003

WSA begins financial support to after-school sports program Team Prime Time, establishes 16 new AYSO regions across Los Angeles, begins funding scholarships for summer sports camps at Pepperdine University, and provides financial support to the East LA Dodgers; providing access to Soccer, Basketball, Baseball and other sports to thousands of children residing in economically disadvantaged communities.

2006

2006

WSA Celebrates its 10 Anniversary by honoring Baseball legend Hank Aaron as the 10th Roy Firestone Award, following Howie Long, Cal Ripken Jr., Terry Bradshaw, Arnold Palmer, and Steve Young. Due to overwhelming demand, WSA’s annual charity dinner is moved from the Los Angeles Athletic Club to a bigger venue, the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.  WSA begins funding the Hollenbeck Police Activities League to support an indoor soccer program for children living in Boyle Heights, a low-income neighborhood of Los Angeles. With the help of WSA funds, Team Prime Time also expands to its second location, Palms Middle School.

2010

2010

From 2006 – 2010 WSA adopted 10 new Recreation Centers and expanded its funding beyond its initial group of supported programs to grow youth golf access within the City of Los Angeles and youth swim programs within the City of Santa Ana.  WSA also partnered with America Scores LA soccer programs, Starz Foundation Lacrosse programs, and the LA84 Foundation to improve sports facilities and make multiple sports accessible to young people across Greater Los Angeles.

2011

2011

WSA Honors Vin Scully as its next recipient of the Roy Firestone Award, following Andre Agassi, Pete Carroll, Jerry West, and Jack Nicklaus.  Team Prime Time, a peer-mentor sports program where students coach and play alongside children with developmental disabilities, has expanded its programs to more locations due to WSA’s stewardship and establishes the Team Prime Time Games!

2015

2015

WSA Celebrates its 20 Anniversary of Making Youth Sports Possible at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel by honoring Boxing Legend George Foreman as the 20th Roy Firestone Award, following Bill Walton, Clayton Kershaw, and Joe Montana.  At this point in the organization’s history, it averages over $250,000 in grant funding every year which results in providing youth sports opportunities to more than 10,000 young people annually in Southern California. 

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