The Mountain View High School varsity baseball team has a new skipper.
Zeph Zinsman, a former All-American athlete who spent time playing for the Blue Jays' organization, will take over as head coach of the Spartan squad in the coming season.
"We are pleased to have an accomplished athlete and kid-focused coach leading our baseball team in 2014," Shelley Smith, MVLA's new athletic director said in a press release.
In addition to playing first base and pitching in the farm leagues for the Blue Jays, Zinsman played for Louisiana State University on a scholarship and has years of private instruction experience working for the South Bay Sports Training organization. He worked on the coaching staff at Saratoga High School, helping lead the team to its first league championship last year.
Zinsman also has a knack for volleyball. He is a two-time SCVAL coach of the year in volleyball at Los Gatos High School.
In the coming season, Zinsman said he hopes to establish a winning team through a tried and true method. "The concept is simple, but the execution is tough: it's hard work," Zinsman said. "It's about hard work and playing the game the right way."
When all is said and done, however, Zinsman said winning comes in second after producing "excellent character kids as well as baseball kids."
Whole Foods benefit for PAL
A local grocery store will be promoting better living through fitness and healthy eating habits at a benefit for the Mountain View Police Department's Police Activities League and the Second Harvest Food Bank this weekend.
Whole Foods, in partnership with the El Camino YMCA, is hosting the event on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the grocery store's location on the Mountain View/Los Altos border. The event will feature food, treats, beer, wine, live music, local artists, face painting for kids and healthy eating experts dishing out tips.
The main event runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. During that time, a number of participants from the El Camino YMCA and the local Whole Foods will formally present 125 pounds of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The 125 pounds number comes from the amount of collective weight lost by employees from the El Camino YMCA and employees of the local Whole Foods store. The two organizations held a challenge to lose weight in order to benefit the food bank and raise awareness about healthy eating habits.
The MVPAL will benefit from money spent in the store that day, according to Elaine Longshore, executive director of the Police Activities League. Whole Foods will give 5 percent of total store sales for the day to the PAL.
Events such as this fundraiser are important for the MVPAL, Longshore said, as the organization relies on grants and donations for its annual budget.
Longshore and other members of the PAL will have a booth at the event to explain what the organization does and take information from community members interested in learning more about their programs, which are primarily aimed at helping at-risk youth in the local community.
Local nonprofits selected
Silicon Valley Community Foundation has chosen 10 organizations to participate in the Community Leadership Project, a three-year initiative to assist local nonprofit groups in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties increase their capacity and financial sustainability in serving low-income communities and communities of color.
Each organization will receive grants totaling $80,000 awarded by the foundation, with $60,000 allocated for operations and $20,000 for building capacity. Looking for innovative solutions to regional challenges, the foundation will assist the organizations in accessing alternative sources of funding and increasing public visibility.
The Community Leadership Project (CLP) originated in 2009 through grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
After evaluation of the impact of the CLP's first initiative, the Hewlett, Irvine and Packard foundations decided to extend its efforts with CLP 2.0.
The new grantees are:
•Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area chapter
• Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and • Environmental Design
• Latinas Contra Cáncer
• Multicultural Institute
• Pacifica Resource Center
• Peninsula Interfaith Action
• Sonrisas Community Dental Center
• Sunday Friends
• Third Street Community Center
"We are excited to begin work with these organizations, which are fulfilling important roles in their communities," Mauricio Palma, SVCF's director of initiatives, said in a press release. "This work is about giving low-income communities and people of color greater access to philanthropic resources that our region has in abundance. CLP helps put grantee organizations and Silicon Valley Community Foundation at the forefront of creating vibrant communities."
More information about CLP is at siliconvalleycf.org/community-leadership-project.