How did you hear about CoachArt?
- I heard about CoachArt by doing a Google Search right from my dorm room. I was looking for something involving kids and sports in the East Bay, where I grew up and return each summer. I decided to volunteer with CoachArt because my mom and I used to spend countless afternoons doing crafts, and I’ve played sports for as long as I can remember. I truly believe sports and art, if you do them with the right people, can bring kids the most fulfilling, confidence-building experiences you can’t find through other activities or vocations. CoachArt puts that belief to really, really good use.
What do you like most about volunteering with CoachArt?
- I mentor a spunky, extraordinarily imaginative 7-year-old girl and we make colorful art together every week. The single most impacting experience I’ve had with CoachArt is seeing my mentee’s eyes light up when she finishes a project or comes up with a exciting way to make a mental idea come to life as a tangible work of art. At the Children’s Hospital Siblings Picnic this summer, I decorated cookies, tie-dyed t-shirts and made friendship bracelets with some amazing families and volunteers from other organizations including Okizu and the oncology department at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Recently, I also got to work with a group of fabulous athletes at CoachArt’s first baseball clinic. Plus, I get to hang out with caring, appreciative families who have the most contagious spirits. CoachArt activities are so rewarding for me that I feel guilty — it often seems like I get more out of this than they do!
What advice would you give to a new CoachArt Volunteer?
- These kids and their inspiring families have wonderful stories and are full of inspiration, so always be fully present and soak up every moment you can. I volunteer with CoachArt because of the kids and their families. They are incredibly inspiring. I feel like the best, most happy version of myself during CoachArt activities and come home afterward with a big smile on my face every time. So make time to volunteer for as many different types of opportunities as possible — workshops, clinics and individual mentorships all have something unique to offer for everyone involved. I promise it’s worth it.
We’re gearing up for the 9th Annual Gala of Champions, this year honoring CEO and Founder of UTA Jeremy Zimmer and new anchors Robin and Sally-Ann Roberts. The star studded event will take place on the evening of Thursday, October 17th at the famed Beverly Hilton Hotel. The evening will feature live performances by CoachArt kids, speeches by our honorees, and other surprises.
Catalyst, Art Supply Warehouse and CoachArt are teaming up to present The Barrel Project. For this show artists were asked to repurpose 55-gallon barrels into innovative new art pieces. Some barrels will be on display on August 10th, 2013 at ACE (Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience) from 6 PM to 10 PM. The artist reception for The Barrel Project will be held at the art space Catalyst on the 24th of August, from 6 PM to 8 PM, and will be on display at this site until the 14th of September.
CoachArt is a non-profit organization that provides mentorship programs for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses in arts and sports. Catalyst and Art Supply Warehouse teamed up with CoachArt to enable participants to create art out of 55-gallon barrels, a unique substrate typically used for shipping manufactured goods.
Featured local artists participating in this project will recreate the barrels into painted abstractions, altered landscapes, and repurposed tables. Artists include Ron Pete, Kelly Castillo, Noel Madrid, Dean Chesmore, Kerry Chavez, Chey Millsap, Javier Navarro, Shane Mesquit, Jack Tankard and Rebecca Giesking along with CoachArt artists.
The barrels will be available through an online auction. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to CoachArt.
Press Contact: Rebecca Giesking
Phone: (714) 328-8630
Press Contact: Claire Brooks
Phone: (917) 621-5942
LOS ANGELES – July 25, 2013 – On Sunday August 11th 2013, CoachArt will honor its graduating participants at the 4th Annual CoachArt Alumni Reception, held this year at the Lexington Social House in Hollywood.
CoachArt is a non-profit organization in Greater Los Angeles, Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area that works to improve the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses by providing free lessons in the arts and athletics. CoachArt’s unique program offers a creative outlet to distract patients from the pain, therapies and isolation often associated with chronic illness. The aim is that through the arts and athletics, both patients and their siblings ages 6 to 18 can gain increased confidence, hope, and self-esteem.
CoachArt is proud to announce that over 200 classes and activities have been served to the 107 students who have now aged out of the program. These patients and siblings have participated in 1-on-1 mentorship lessons and activities with qualified volunteers ranging from game design, to mandolin, to soccer and swimming. For many students, CoachArt is the only way they are able to participate in activities that accommodate their physical restrictions, as well as any psycho-social issues attributed to having a chronic illness.
The Alumni Reception, which celebrates the culmination of the CoachArt student experience, will also introduce students to the CoachArt Alumni Program. This program will offer interested students the opportunity to become CoachArt volunteers and learn how to “pay it forward” while carrying their new skills and passions into future endeavors. As one parent shared: “[My son] had an awesome experience with CoachArt. It really brought out his artistic abilities. He didn’t know he could be that creative, and even went on to give back at a hospital. Now he is studying music education.”
CoachArt’s Alumni Reception is made possible through the support and gracious contributions of the Lexington Social House, Pin-Up Team LA, The Music Center, and The Grammy Museum. For inquiries on CoachArt or the Alumni Reception, please use the below contact information.
Claire Brooks, Marketing & Communications Manager
Lexington Social House
Photography by Pin-up Team LA
Rocio Valdon, Marketing Coordinator
The Music Center
Katherine Bonalos, Assistant Director of Community Partnerships, Programming
The Grammy Museum for donating 100 museum entrance tickets
Kait Stubner, Senior Manager
Everyday, we over here at the CoachArt headquarters hear about the amazing experiences of our volunteers and students. Each month, our volunteer spotlight puts the mic in their hands, offering them a chance to share their experience with CoachArt. Learn what makes them eager to continue impacting and improving the lives of children and young adults affected by chronic and terminal illness. This month’s featured volunteer is Margaret Galeon of the Mural Project 2013.
What is the Mural Project 2013?
The Mural Project 2013 is a collaborative effort between Bay Area artists and CoachArt with a joint mission to sponsor, design, and execute a mural on Highland Boulevard in the City of Hayward. Together, our artists have paired up with children from CoachArt to design sections of the mural to paint, this summer on July 13, 2013.
How did you hear about CoachArt and what amde you decide to volunteer?
I was in search of an organization that would allow me to have creative freedom for special projects with kids. After browsing through a couple of organizations, I decided that CoachArt was the right fit for The Mural Project 2013 and in January, I began volunteering with the organization. I believe that CoachArt’s mission statement is unique and truly inspirational. At first, the idea of offering free lessons in the arts and athletics to affected children as well as their siblings touched me. Catering to clinical populations and the family’s impacted by this environment is special. It acknowledges the fact that when a child is ill, an entire family unit is affected—they endure the ups and downs together. The love and support of family during these hard times can only help the healing process.
What was your favorite part of this collaboration?
After the design workshop with our artists and CoachArt students, I took a moment to reflect on the day. My favorite moment was when the entire room became silent, as artists were drawing with their students; their focus was so intense that everyone stopped talking at the same time. Our artists had the ability to use their talent and become instruments for these students to express their ideas, and in that moment they had one mind and vision. Taking part in this workshop and sharing creativity in this special way is a unique way to connect with a child. I know many of the artists left the workshop with rewarding experiences and it was really magical watching it all happen. I could see unicorns, penguins, and musical notes floating above everyone’s heads in that room.
What advice would you give to new volunteers?
I would say come with an open mind and heart, and you will never be the same
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Los Angeles, CA – June 25, 2013 – One with the Water®, a non-profit swim school dedicated to teaching life-changing swimming skills to kids and adults – many of them with disabilities or special needs – was honoured for its mission and achievements this June with a generous grant from the Los Angeles Triathlon Club earmarked for 32 special-needs students and at-risk youth. The grant will cover a complete program of small-group swim lessons, taking each child from no water experience to basic water safety and swimming ability – all in about four hours, or eight sessions at the Culver City Municipal Plunge.
The 1,800+ member, thirteen-year-old LA TRI Club has recently expanded its focus to include philanthropy, founding the Coast2Coast Swim Challenge to help raise money for under-served and at-risk youth to learn basic water skills that can prevent tragic incidents of childhood drowning. “The LA TRI Club has made an impact on kids all over the southland,” says LA TRI Club board member Larry Turkheimer. “Now, once again, we have stepped forward to help an organization have the ability to give kids the opportunity to swim, exercise, and most importantly, feel accomplished.”
Turkheimer was inspired to donate to One with the Water after seeing the benefits made from last year’s Coast2Coast Swim Challenge proceeds. “I was approached by Coach Kenneth Rippetoe of One with the Water to see if the LA TRI Club and Coast2Coast Swim Challenge would be interested in supporting their programs. Last year we helped 20 needy kids learn to swim through One with the Water.” This year, One with the Water has offered the lessons to families of CoachArt, a non-profit offering free lessons in the arts and athletics to patients ages 6-18 living with chronic illnesses such as Arthritis, Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Sickle Cell Disease and severe Asthma. Siblings of patients are also included in the program.
Grants and donations to One with the Water pay exclusively for pool space, insurance, and instruction for kids and families with limited financial means. Especially during the nation’s budget crisis, many schools lack the financial resources, personnel and facilities to provide athletic programs or physical therapy for children with special needs. One with the Water aims to fill that need, with specially-trained instructors and a nimble, low-overhead, non-profit model of operation.
One with the Water offers competitive swim training and year-round swim instruction for children and adults with a wide variety of skill levels, from total beginner to competitive athlete. In addition to their national-level competitive swimming skills, One with the Water’s instructors are trained to work with children and adults diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD, sensory integration, anxiety, Down and CHARGE syndrome, auditory processing disorders and dyslexia and others. Founder and Head Coach Kenneth Rippetoe, certified by the American Swimming Coach Association Disability Level 3, was featured on the Sundance Channel’s documentary program ‘Push Girls’, working with paraplegic swimmer Mia Schaikewitz.
Since its founding, One with the Water has given out over $20,000 in scholarships to needy students and changed the lives of 400 swimmers in total. One father – whose son is on the Autism Spectrum – reported that his son “really responded to [head Coach Kenneth Rippetoe], and looks forward to his class more than anything else right now. After the first class, he suddenly looked forward to and enjoyed swimming, as opposed to dreading it. He made huge strides, the biggest he has ever made, working with [One with the Water].”
Tax-deductible donations to the “Pay-It-Forward” scholarship program of One with the Water, a 501(c)(3), can be made at the organization’s website: OneWithTheWater.org/donate.aspx.
One with the Water:
contact Coach Kenneth at 323.364.Swim (7946)
LA TRI Club:
contact Larry Turkheimer at (310) 559-0789 or Larry@latriclub.com
contact Kai Tramiel at (213) 736-2850 x 304 or email@example.com
Survey Monkey interviewed CoachArt SF Bay Area Outreach Director Molly Dirr. Full article here.
Volunteer since 2013
1. How did you hear about CoachArt? I heard about CoachArt from the website called Volunteer Match.
2. How long have you been a CoachArt Volunteer? I have been with CoachArt for about 6 months.
3. What made you decide to volunteer with CoachArt? I decided to work with CoachArt because they incorporate all the things I love to do: working with children, artwork and yoga. It has been a very moving experience.
4. What do you like most about volunteering with CoachArt? I love working with children, they are so excited by life. They face life as if this is the way it is. The child that I mentor is always up for any yoga pose I suggest, even though he knows he knows his limitations. He never says, “I can’t”. He wants to participate in everything, to do everything that other kids do. He never holds himself back. As an adult, Life seems to get so complicated, I am reminded to live Life more inspired.
5. What types of activities do you do with CoachArt? First we do some Yoga breathing, and we proceed to the yoga mat for half hour. then we get to the Artwork portion. We have painted with fingerpaints, made clay animals, drawn symbols, colored artwork and experimented with color pencils that turn into watercolor.
6. What was the single most rewarding experience? There was a day where he had bad news from school and was inconsolable…it just happened to be our CoachArt night. So we did a lot of deep breathing throughout the yoga portion and by the time for art work he was calmed down…Do you feel better? He said yes. How do you feel…calmer… Just what his mother was hoping he would gain from yoga… that there are things he can do with his frustration… That’s what we are here for, to show them different avenues to work through life: both the struggles and the celebrations. Yoga can do both by opening the body to new poses it unlocks any old patterns in muscles. It builds a self confidence in the body for those that might not otherwise get to participate in other sports. It teaches a way of being…most importantly being ok with yourself. It is available to anyone any level of mobility, provided you don’t push yourself too hard.
7. Why do you volunteer with CoachArt? The healing in art therapy, the mental focus, the hand eye coordination, it is all encompassing…you can’t draw and be thinking about something else at the same time…in that way it is like a meditation practice. It is all good, all the way around. And then you have a finished product to be proud of.
8. What advice would you give to a new CoachArt volunteer? I would say bring your happiest self and enjoy every minute of the child’s attention.
9. Would you recommend CoachArt to friends? Of course, all my friends know that I am mentoring a child…and I encourage them to join.
10. What other volunteer activities are you involved in? I volunteer as an aid in a beginning dog agility class. I have also volunteered in a Puppy one, Puppy two and Canine Good Citizen class.
11. What would you like for our readers to know about you? I have been through difficult times like most people at some point, but you have to come out the other side stronger. And the best way to heal the soul is to help ease the pain of another through compassion… Children are so precious, like sponges, and to think you could have a positive impact and help them mold their views into a stronger, more confident, capable being is an honor.
12. How can CoachArt improve their services? EXPAND to Stanford Children’s Hospital so other kids in the bay area can benefit from your great volunteers! I have been supported by the staff every step of the way in a timely and refreshing manner.
Volunteer since 2013
Arts and Crafts
1. How did you hear about CoachArt? I heard about CoachArt from a friend that I met through dancing salsa.
2. How long have you been a CoachArt Volunteer? I have been a CoachArt volunteer for 3 months.
3. What made you decide to volunteer with CoachArt? I decided to volunteer with CoachArt in the exact same minute that I learned of what CoachArt does. I volunteer for CoachArt because the service CoachArt provides is priceless.
4. What do you like most about volunteering with CoachArt? What I like most about volunteering with CoachArt is the fact that I can share forms of art that I love with an awesome mentee.
5. What type of activities have you done at CoachArt? So far, I have only volunteered as an outreach mentor giving weekly art classes which include but are not limited to: jewelry making and scrapbooking.
6. What has been the single most impacting experience working with a CoachArt student? My CoachArt mentee verbalized excitement about taking new photos of her family members in order to add them to her scrapbook. It touched me because I know that my lessons with her have already left a new hobby and talent that she can use to document various aspects of her life and reminisce upon those experiences in the future.
7. Why do you volunteer with CoachArt? I volunteer with CoachArt because I wanted to be a part of what CoachArt brings to children.
8. What advice would you give to a new CoachArt volunteer? Be open and have fun.
9. Would you recommend CoachArt to friends? I have already recommended CoachArt to friends.
10. What other volunteer activities are you involved in? The Alameda County Community Food Bank packaging fresh fruits and vegetables. I also volunteer at health screening clinics around the Bay Area.
11. What would you like for our readers to know about you? I am committed to a lifetime of volunteer activities in order to promote the progression of my community and the people in it.
12. How can CoachArt improve their services? So far, I have no recommendations for CoachArt.