Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics Saturday evening, becoming the first athlete from Southern California to take a top spot in the games.
Weitzeil, a graduate of Saugus High School, earned the medal by swimming the second leg on the U.S. Women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay team.
The Santa Clarita native was the fastest of the four U.S. swimmers, with her leg of the race clocking in at 52.68 seconds. Overall, the U.S. team had a time of 3:32.81, coming in third place close behind Canada. The Australian team took the gold at 3:29.69, breaking its previous world record.
This is the third medal for Weitzeil who garnered two in the 2016 Rio Olympics, gold for the 4×100 medley relay and silver for the 4×100 freestyle.
Weitzeil was a hometown swimming star, taking eight CIF titles and setting national records in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle.
Upon graduating from Saugus High, Weitzeil attended the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) where she was named the National Swimmer of the Year.
At Cal, Weitzeil broke many school records and reached the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships.
Weitzeil still holds several American swimming records, including the 50-free and the 100-free, according to the International Swimming League.
Several other Santa Clarita residents, including Allyson Felix, David Smith and Kyle Ensing are also competing in the 2020 Olympic games.
L.A. Dodgers Pitcher, Hart Grad Trevor Bauer Donates $51,000 In First Month Of ‘Ks For A Cause’
In the first month of his season-long giveback initiative, Ks for a Cause, Hart High School graduate and Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Trevor Bauer donated $51,000 to a local nonprofit.
Bauer donated $1,000 for each of his 51 strikeouts to Think Together, funding an afterschool science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and robotics program for middle school students in southeast Los Angeles.
Through Ks for a Cause, Bauer will provide financial support and highlight various local nonprofit organizations focused on STEM and youth programming in the greater Los Angeles area.
This month, Bauer will support the Just Keep Livin Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future.
The organization, founded by Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves in 2008, implements after-school fitness and wellness programs in 39 inner-city high schools throughout the country.
Just Keep Livin Foundation’s programs encourage students to make positive life choices that improve their physical and mental health through exercise, teamwork, gratitude, nutrition, and community service. Participating students also have a safe place to enhance their lives with fitness coaches and health experts.
Specifically, Bauer’s donation will help fund Just Keep Livin Foundation’s programming at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School in Inglewood and Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles.
In addition to monetary support, Bauer is highlighting all Ks for a Cause organizations through a new, dedicated content series on his YouTube Channel and with limited-edition Ks for a Cause merchandise on his website. All proceeds from merchandise sales will benefit that month’s designated beneficiary organization.
Bauer is fully funding Ks for a Cause through grants via the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). He has also partnered with LADF to evaluate potential partner organizations and to work with receiving organizations. For additional updates, visit here.
L.A. Dodgers Pitcher, Hart Grad Trevor Bauer To Make Donation For Every Strikeout
Trevor Bauer, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and William S. Hart High School graduate, has launched a season-long giveback initiative “Ks for a Cause” to support local nonprofit organizations.
Bauer is set to donate $1,000 per strikeout (K) throughout the regular season to charities focused on STEM and/or youth programming in the greater Los Angeles area, he announced this week.
Each month, a different nonprofit organization will be designated. Bauer will fully fund the initiative through grants via the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). He will also partner with LADF to evaluate potential partner organizations and to work with receiving organizations.
“This season, I’m looking forward to giving back to my hometown community in a meaningful way,” said Bauer in a statement. “I’m excited to launch Ks for a Cause to support several incredible nonprofit organizations doing impactful work to promote STEM and offer a variety of youth programming across the greater Los Angeles area. It’s really the perfect initiative for me, as it combines two things I love in life: strikeouts and helping others.”
Additionally, Bauer will highlight these organizations through a new, dedicated content series on his YouTube Channel and with limited-edition “Ks for a Cause” merchandise on his website.
All proceeds from merchandise sales will benefit that month’s designated beneficiary organization, according to Bauer.
For the month of April, Bauer will support Think Together. Founded in 1997, Think Together partners with schools to change the odds for kids.
The organization delivers nationally recognized early learning programs, afterschool programs, student support services, and school improvement. Specifically, Bauer’s donation will help fund afterschool STEM and robotics programming for middle school students in southeast Los Angeles.
In his Dodgers debut on Friday, Bauer struck out 10 batters in 6 innings Friday, in an 11-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
After his first game, Bauer is expected to make a $10,000 donation to Think Together.
For additional updates, visit here.
Dodger Stadium Allowed To Reopen With Fans For Opening Day
Following the announcement Friday updating California COVID-19 guidelines, Dodger Stadium is now able to reopen with fans for opening day.
Starting April 1, outdoor stadiums are allowed to have 100 guests even in the most-restrictive “purple” tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, according to the state.
“On behalf of the Dodger organization and its fans, we want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Governor Newsom, his staff and the many others who have worked tirelessly on these revised guidelines which provide a blueprint for California outdoor sports venues to reopen to fans,” said Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten in a statement.
The modification to the guidelines was possible due to lower case rates and hospitalizations, along with increased distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines, according to Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency.
Once a county is in the “red” tier, outdoor live events, including sports, can increase capacity to 20% of the total venue, with 25% occupancy and no more than three households in each suite.
“Like the Governor, we’re optimistic that California will continue to make progress in the fight against COVID-19 and that we can safely host fans to start the season. Safety is paramount, and the Dodgers continue to work with local officials and Major League Baseball to finalize protocols to protect players, fans and staff,” Kasten said.
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Department of Public Health, said Wednesday the county might reach the average number of cases for the next tier “as early as next week.”
Once the threshold is met for two weeks, the county is expected to move into the next tier which allows additional businesses to reopen, upon approval from Public Health.
“The Dodgers hope to announce health and safety protocols for fans as well as a ticket policy for reduced capacity in the coming days,” the statement said. “The Dodgers and local officials will continue to monitor conditions, with the hope of safely adding greater capacity as the season progresses.”
Opening day for the Dodgers is scheduled for April 1, the same day the new guidelines go into effect.