Fresno youth to play in national flag football tourney
A group of 10 kids from the East Fresno Boys and Girls Club will get a free trip to Phoenix this weekend to watch the NFL Pro Bowl, attend the Super Bowl XLIX Media Day and compete for a national flag-football championship.
The Fresno team will compete against seven other teams for the 11- to 12-year-old coed NFL FLAG powered by USA Football National Championship.
The team qualified by winning the regional tournament hosted by the Oakland Raiders.
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The players are: Rudy Alvarez Jr., William Belmonte, Issac Caldera, Bruce Choun, Nathan Keo, Julian Lopez, Gary Mata Jr., Quiant Myers, DaVarius Jones and Davin Chea.
They are coached by Rudy Alvarez Sr. and Ron Zisler.
Ann Meyers Drysdale to speak Saturday at Rawhide event
Hall of Fame women’s basketball player Ann Meyers Drysdale will be speaking at a free event for local girls basketball players in Visalia on Saturday afternoon.
The event is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. at at the Rawhide Ballpark Hall of Fame Club.
Drysdale was a standout athlete for UCLA in the 1970s, where she was the first woman to earn a full athletic scholarship to the university. She also helped the 1976 U.S. Olympic basketball team to a silver medal and is the first woman to sign a contract with an NBA team, agreeing to terms with the Indiana Pacers in 1979. She later made a name as a sports analyst for ESPN, CBS and NBC and as vice president of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.
Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Jennifer@rawhidebaseball.com. Space is limited to the first 50 players.
That evening Drysdale will be representing her late husband Don Drysdale, who was a star pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers, at the Visalia Professional Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.
The Rawhide host their Hot Stove Banquet at the Visalia Marriott at 6 p.m. For tickets, call (559) 732-4433, ext. 1.