Great Birdwatching at the Holiday Hike
Coach Rohan finished out the year with a birdwatching walk around the Arboretum with support from the Yolo Audubon Society.
Volunteers Celebrated at the Annual Banquet
The annual banquet is a way for us to celebrate all of our volunteers who keep our sports and activities running. We’re so grateful for all that our volunteers do, from coaching to the garden to leading singing and art and nutrition classes. This year we celebrated Lloyd Johnson (Activity Volunteer of the Year), Kelly & Tom Carlson (Sports Volunteers of the Year), Adaptive Rec (Partner of the Year) and Pam Cohen & Josh Jordan (Lifetime Achievement Awards). Congratulations to all!
2023 Ambassadors of the Year: Nathan Petersen and Tynam Spalding
After 4 years without a banquet, we are thrilled to celebrate two ambassadors this year. 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. Both of these guys have been integral to Team Davis, participating in almost all of our sports and activities and supporting their friends along the way. Congrats to Nate and Ty!
Davis Rebekah’s host two Spooktacular Halloween Events
This year the Rebekah’s hosted an event for the Juniors (ages 6-16) with dinner, games and trick or treating and then the following week held a dinner and dance for the adults featuring live music from Cold Shot.
Team Davis Techies Kick Off
Longtime volunteer and tech expert, Dr Brandie Nonnecke is holding a series of techie classes where folks can learn about safety online, utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) and even building a robotic dog.
UCD Best Buddies Matches for the 2023-2024 school year
Robin hosted the annual Best Buddies match party where UCD students are matched with many of our adult Team Davis participants, creating lifelong friendships.
Both Softball Teams Bring Home Gold
The Team Davis Red Sox and Team Davis White Sox both brought home gold medals and the 2023 SONC Softball Tournament!
Summer Darts Enjoyed By All
We had our biggest turnout ever — 45 swimmers! Thank you to Coach Carolee and all of the incredible swimmers who were in the water coaching one on one for all skill levels.
Another Great Clinic with the UCD Women’s Basketball Team
We are so grateful for Coach Jen Gross, Direction of Basketball Operations Stephanie Shadwell and the entire UCD Women’s Basketball team for hosting another great clinic. We had a huge turnout!
Purple Tree Monthly Hootenannies are a Hit
Purple Tree, a non profit that creates community-based employment for people with disabilities, holds monthly Hootenannies during Art About Davis in front of the Hunt Boyer Mansion. Our Team Davis Singers get to perform before a local band.
Davis Rebekahs Lodge Partner with Team Davis
The Davis Rebekahs Lodge hosted two dances this year with dinner and dancing to our favorite local band, Cold Shot.
Coach Rohan wins the Golden Heart Award
Rohan has been volunteering with Team Davis since 7th grade and started our monthly hiking activities that gave our participants to do outdoor, socially distance activities during the pandemic.
In Person Sports Return
After a very long hiatus, we were able to resume our in person sports in July 2021. Everyone remained masked and was happy to be reunited!
City of Davis celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Singers Perform at the Carlton Senior Center
Our awesome Team Davis Singers performed some Christmas songs at the Carlton Senior Center to help everyone get in the holiday spirit! Check them out:
Another great Best Buddies Match Party
The UCD Best Buddies held a super fun party this weekend to celebrate match-ups between buddies.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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!
Great video remembering Dave Fisk
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.