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Because those that matter ...don't mind ...
And those that mind ... don't matter."

~ Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

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Indoor star, Liz Serafin makes her move on the beach game. Photo by John Bandhauer

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How high can this guy jump? Lewis University vs. UC Santa Cruz. Photo by John Bandhauer



Dear Friends,

One of our passions is helping animals in need. Below you will see some of the projects we are connected with. All of the profits from our tournaments are donated to these organizations. Also check out our Mission Statement. If at any time you would like to be removed from our subscription list just click on the Unsubscribe button at the bottom. Thanks for taking a look.

Gulf Oil Spill: The massive oil spill looming off the coast of Louisiana is of catastrophic proportions for sea turtles, brown pelicans, sharks, shrimp and all living things. If you would like to help, 100% of your donation will go to the rescue efforts through Greater Good.

Summer Instruction: Classes for all skill levels will take place at Main Beach in Santa Cruz. These classes are very popular and fill up quickly. See Schedule for registration information. While there, be sure to see the Hiking Classes we offer throughout the State Parks of Santa Cruz County.

Beach Tournaments: With great weather and tons of enthusiasm, the No Attitudes Allowed spring tournaments have been packed. Click for results and photos. See the full schedule of events here. Lots of local beach events are also taking place through the CBVA and Harbor Beach.

The Indoor Game: If you enjoy a harder surface, Phil offers a class on Monday nights for Advanced players. Some of the class members have been in the program for over 20 years! See Schedule.

Here's some information about Open Gyms in the Santa Cruz area.

The Capitola Classic takes place on September 11, 2010 and features Traditional and Reverse styles of play. Only 8 teams are accepted so be sure to register early.

Don't you just hate those people who are already taking about Fall before Summer has even started?

Big-Time Slugs and Cardinal: The Fightlng Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz made it to the finals of the Men's Division III National Championship falling to Springfield College. Check out some of the details. Head Coach Jonah Carson, who led the Slugs to numerous Final Four appearances, announced his retirement this year.

Tomorrow, May 8 at 4 pm Stanford will play Penn State in Maples Pavilion for the the Division I Championship. This is a great opportunity to see a National Championship match right here at home.

Are you the type of person who enjoys discussing the finer nuances of volleyball, all the ins and outs, what is legal and what is a gaffe? Take a look at these discussions.

Training Tips: Receive free training tips emailed weekly to you by Eric Hand, Exercise Physiologist. This week discusses vertical jump training, something Phil could have used in "his" day!

Get Connected: Here's some links to volleyball groups and email lists near San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Health Warning: Did you know that people who eat these common fruits and vegetables from The Dirty Dozen consume an average of 10 pesticides a day? Here's the poop.

Making a Difference: Responding to wildlife emergencies 24/7, the Native Animal Rescue of Santa Cruz has for over a quarter of century rehabilitated injured and orphaned animals. The Santa Cruz SPCA is a no-kill shelter and is busting at the seams with animals needing homes. Both organizations survive on private donations and volunteers. They especially need help this time of the year.

Special thanks to Outdoor World on 41st Ave in Capitola and Front Street in Santa Cruz for continued support of our program. ~Phil and Susie


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The Orangutan is in serious danger of extinction. Old cell phones (working or not)
can be given to Phil to help raise fund for the Orangutan Conservancy.
We also accept energy bar wrappers (foil inside) and corks for Save Our Shores


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