Napa Valley 1839 FC, a men’s amateur soccer team, which completed its first year in the National Premier Soccer League’s Golden Gate Conference in July, and the Pacific Union College men’s soccer program recently announced a partnership.
Napa Valley 1839 FC ended its inaugural season by losing its final match, 3-0 to the host Sonoma County Sol in Petaluma in July. Napa Valley 1839 FC finished last in a five-team league with a record of 1-6-5. Its only win of the season was against CD Aguiluchos USA, the conference champion.
“Our intention is not only to promote the game to be played at high level, it’s also to promote local education institutions and with this partnership we’ll build a football program that could benefit both and to be attractive for students/athletes,” Napa Valley 1839 FC head coach Jesus Medina said in a press release.
Pacific Union College is a member of the NAIA and plays in the California Pacific Conference.
“The nature of this partnership is to build a strong relationship with Napa Valley 1839 FC, which will help both parties promote soccer in the Napa Valley communities,” said Medina.
“This new partnership is designed to both build and promote education and soccer, especially higher education.”
Napa Valley 1839 FC is owned by Arik Housley, Joshua Goss, Michael Hitchcock and Jonathan Collura.
Daniel Morales, Napa Valley 1839 FC’s assistant general manager, views the partnership as a special opportunity.
“When I pitched the idea to club owners, they were on board with the vision,” said Morales. “The intention is to open the door for educational, playing and career opportunities for both 1839 players and PUC students.”
Morales is a 2016 PUC graduate.
“Being a local alumni from Pacific Union College and now a part of Napa Valley 1839 FC, it’s been a personal goal to partner both of these institutions and unite soccer in the Napa Valley one step at a time,” said Morales.
Warriors Basketball Camp established an all-time summer attendance record this year, hosting 4,185 campers over 28 sold-out sessions around the Bay Area and Central Coast, the Golden State Warriors announced last week.
To date, more than 49,000 boys and girls have participated in Warriors Basketball Camp since its founding in 2000, the Warriors said in a press release.
“It seems like everywhere I look, I see names in high school box scores of former campers who are excelling on the court,” Jeff Addiego, senior director of youth basketball with the Warriors, said in a press release. “Not only that, but more than a third of the 120-plus coaches who worked with us this summer were once Warriors campers. It comes full circle to see how Warriors Basketball Camp has shaped them by providing the opportunity to give back in the same role as the coaches who once taught them.”
Locally, Adonal Foyle, a former Warriors center who played 12 years in the NBA, was the special guest speaker during the second day of a week-long Warriors Basketball Camp at Justin-Siena High School in June. There were 115 players, both boys and girls, ages 7 to 15, who attended the camp at Clark Gym.
The Warriors named Foyle, the eighth overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, as a Community Ambassador for the team in 2014. In his role with the organization, Foyle supports community efforts throughout the Bay Area by participating in Warriors-related initiatives. The goal is to give back to the Bay Area through programs focused on education, health and fitness, social responsibility and cultural diversity and the arts, according to the Golden State website.