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Another great Best Buddies Match Party

The UCD Best Buddies held a super fun party this weekend to celebrate match-ups between buddies.

Gloria Partida elected Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Davis

Gloria and her son, Stephen, have been involved for many years.

TD Singers at the Purple Tree Hootenany

Purple Tree held an open mic event for individuals of all abilities. The Team Davis singers may have just started back up after a summer vacation, but they had some songs prepared from last year. A great time was had by all!

Summer Darts 2019 Finishes Up

We have finished another great year put on by the Davis Aquadarts. This year, we had a record high number of participants, but Carolee and her wonderful swimmers were able to make it work so everyone had the opportunity to swim — and with no cost all thanks to the Brady Scholarship!

Last Time Dancing to Cold Shot at the Grad

After many wonderful years, the Grad has closed for good and thus the fabulous first Friday’s dancing to Cold Shot will no longer be taking place at the Grad. A new venue for monthly meetups is pending.

Jamie Elliott Retires from the City of Davis

Long time Alt Rec Coordinator, Jamie Elliott, has retired! While we are going to miss her dearly, we are excited her to enjoy retirement. Heather Everett will be taking over as the Community Services Program Coordinator. We are thrilled for Jamie and Heather!

Summer Games 2019 another great year

Athletes from swimming, tennis, track & field and bocce ball competed in the Summer Games at UC Davis June 21-23. This marks another great year and we are endlessly thankful for all that our coaches and volunteers do to make the weekend possible.

NorCal Special Olympics return to Davis

Purple Tree Benefit Concert with Dave Nachmanoff

The Team Davis Singers had a tremendous opportunity to preform with Dave Nachmanoff at a benefit concert held at Watermelon Music. Proceeds go to Purple Tree Cafe. The concert was a major success and we are excited to see what new opportunities this will allow Purple Tree to take on!

Super Fun St. Pattys Day Dance

Thanks to Alt Rec, UC Davis Best Buddies, DHS Best Buddies and Yolo People First for helping put on an awesome St. Patrick’s Day Dance!

UCD Women’s Basketball Team Holds a Great Clinic

On top of their busy schedule maintaining #1 in the Western Conference, Jenn Gross and the UCD women’s basketball team put on an amazing clinic with all of our athletes. We are endlessly grateful for the relationship we have built with the team and can’t wait to keep cheering on our friends on the team!

Summer Games 2018 was a success

Despite temperatures as high as 105, Team Davis athletes powered though and picked up some nice hardware. Congratulations to those competing in swimming, track and field, tennis and bocce ball. Thanks to all of the volunteers who make the games possible!

https://www.davisenterprise.com/sports/special-olympians-go-for-gold-at-uc-davis/

Check it out: CouLeurs Vives

Kim Nguyen, Team Davis parent, was featured for her awesome work in helping inspire and create art for all individuals. Her studio is open during Art About Davis, which takes place on the second Friday on the month from 5-9 PM.

https://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/shop-davis-special-artists-creating-special-art/

Flag Football clinic was a blast

We are very grateful to have our wonderful board member, Heather, helping put on a fantastic clinic with the UC Davis football team and cheerleading squad. Thanks to everyone who helped out!

Coach Sithmi wins the golden heart award

We our very proud of our longtime coach Sithmi for winning the Golden Heart Award. Sithmi has been coaching basketball, softball, soccer and running since she was at Holmes Jr High and we’re very excited to see her recognized. Congratulations, Sithmi!

Nicole LaCaro nominated for the Sacramento sports hall of fame

Longtime swimmer and Team Davis participant Nicole LaCaro was nominated for the SSHOF. Although she didn’t get the final award, getting the nomination is a real honor! She will be honored at a ceremony in Sacramento on January 27. Congratulations, Nicole!

Corin and john shields selected for the 2018 usa games

Corin and his dad, John, will be competing at the 2018 USA Games in golf. The games will take place July 1-6 in Seattle, WA. We’re very excited to cheer them on from afar! You can watch the announcement video here: 2018 USA Games – Team NorCal Announcements

Here’s a message from Corin:

So Apparently Me and My Dad have been selected on the highest honor….

Participating on the Golf team in the USA SO 2018 in Seattle. We will be representing along with other members of SONC 

#GoTeamDavis #USAGSO18

UCD Best Buddies Match Party was a blast

On November 12, the UC Davis Best Buddies threw a Match Party, pairing up more than 40 Team Davis participants with college buddies for one-to-one friendships. Lots of new friends were made and everyone enjoyed fun activities and dancing. Thank you so much to the Petersen’s for graciously hosting everyone!

ESPY Awards featuring team davis parents and participants

The ESPY Awards are being presented Wednesday, July 12th at 8 PM PST on ABC.  They are doing a special presentation about Special Olympics.  They were at Summer Games in June filming segments for this presentation.  Our very own Deborah Rains (Bea & Francesca’s mom) was one who was interviewed.  Who knows, we may have a star in our midst!

UC Davis women’s swimming clinic is a blast 4/9/2017

The UCD Women’s Swim team held an awesome swim clinic with our athletes. We rotated through 6 stations and enhanced our strokes using a wide array of equipment. Athletes got to wear parachutes, monofins, use brick kickboards and get strapped in to a couple neat contraptions. The girls were very knowledgable and everyone walked away with new skills or something to practice. We even had a few athletes learn how to dive!

team davis has its first cycling clinic 4/1/2017

Thanks to the wonderful patience of Jennifer Donalfrio and her awesome team we learned a bunch of new skills including power pedaling, signaling. looking over our shoulder and sudden stops. We would like to eventually work up to getting around town and forming a cycling group for our awesome athletes.

CHRIS kruger gets his eagle scout award 1/7/2017

Chris has been a phenomenal asset to Team Davis, helping build our garden as part of his Eagle Scout project. He has also helped coach golf, soccer, basketball and whatever other sport he gets dragged into. We are very excited for Chris and his achievements! See the pictures at his Court of Honor below.

Bea Bastino wins the Ambassador of the year award

Team Davis participant, Bea Bastino, won this year’s Ambassador of the Year award at the Team Davis banquet. This is an award given by the Team Davis board of directors for one participant who has gone above and beyond to participate in Team Davis sports and activities, to help his or her fellow Team Davisites, and to connect Team Davis to the broader community. Bea participates in almost every sport and activity that Team Davis offers and is always supporting her fellow athletes and friends. Congratulations Bea!  Previous winners include Aaron Mahon, Neil Cherones, Tyler Sierras, Jeff Brandenburger, Brad Winter, Mary Russ, Allie True, and Brian Reioux. 

Bea's Name on the Perpetual Plaque Bea and Team Davis Juniors Coordinator, Martha Ozonoff The Award Winners

Christine johnson wins volunteer OF THE YEAR AWARD

Congratulations to Christine Johnson for winning the 2016 Team Davis volunteer of the year award! Christine has volunteered for bocce ball, softball, soccer, basketball, track & field and distance running over the last four years. Thank you Christine for all your hard work and your commitment to Team Davis. Previous Volunteers of the Year winners have been Megan Ewens, Jules Walton, Nicole Wells, Alan Mann, Emily Hahn, Allison Olson and Eric Russell.

2016 Special Olympic Summer Games

Team Davis had a great Summer Games! We had 34 athletes competing in swimming, track and field, tennis and bocce ball and brought home countless gold medals!

http://www.davisenterprise.com/sports/nor-cal-special-olympics-return-to-davis/

http://www.davisenterprise.com/SPORTS/2016-SPECIAL-OLYMPICS-NORTHERN-CALIFORNIA-SUMMER-GAMES/

Great video remembering Dave Fisk

http://iseedavis.com/davis-voice-lost/

Team Davis summer sports

In July we started swimming, softball and golf practices! Swim practices have now ended for the summer — thank you Davis Aquadarts for another wonderful season! Softball and golf continue through the end of August (softball) and mid September (golf).

2015 Special Olympics summer games

For the sixth year in a row, U.C. Davis has hosted the Northern California Special Olympics Summer Games in June 2015. 700 individuals with disabilities, including a large number from Team Davis, competed for medals in either swimming, track, bocce ball, or tennis. Congratulations Team Davis athletes and coaches!!

Team Davis participant, Jeremy Wright, was asked to sign the national anthem at the Opening Ceremonies for Summer Games. Everyone was quite impressed with our Jeremy!!

Team Davis wins Excellence in Community involvement award

On May 26, 2015, Team Davis was presented with one of the City of Davis’ two Thong Hy Huynh awards for Excellence in Community Involvement. The award was presented by the City Council in “recognition for significant efforts in promoting and practicing equal opportunity for all for and contributing to community efforts to promote positive human relations and civil rights in Davis.” The award was signed by Mayor Dan Wolk.

Aaron Mahon wins team davis ambassador award!

Team Davis participant, Aaron Mahon, won this year’s Ambassador of the Year award at the Team Davis banquet. This is an award given by the Team Davis board of directors for one participant who has gone above and beyond to participate in Team Davis sports and activities, to help his or her fellow Team Davisites, and to connect Team Davis to the broader community. Congratulations Aaron!  Previous winners include Neil Cherones, Tyler Sierras, Jeff Brandenburger, Brad Winter, Mary Russ, Allie True, and Brian Reioux. 

Megan ewEns wins team davis volunteer of the year award!

Congratulations to Megan Ewens for winning the 2015 Team Davis volunteer of the year award! Megan has volunteered as a coach for several sports over the last few years. Thank you Megan for all your hard work and your commitment to Team Davis. Previous Volunteers of the Year winners have been Jules Walton, Nicole Wells, Alan Mann, Emily Hahn, Allison Olson and Eric Russell.

Team Davis represented at Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event

Team Davis president, Robin Dewey, represented Team Davis on a panel of three who were asked to speak about how service strengthens the greater community. Robin also used the opportunity to talk about the importance of community integration in helping us understand and respect each other — our lives are richer when we embrace diversity.