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JSerra welcomes playoff opponent in wake of shooting, wildfires

JSerra welcomes playoff opponent in wake of shooting, wildfires

JSerra welcomes playoff opponent in wake of taking pictures, wildfires

Logan Newman/USA TODAY High School Sports, USA TODAY High School Sports
Published four:18 p.m. ET Nov. 10, 2018

In the wake of a bar taking pictures and wildfires in the Thousand Oaks house, JSerra Catholic is appearing how soccer can carry folks in combination past the taking part in box.

The college’s opponent this weekend, Oaks Christian, is ready 5 miles clear of the Borderline Bar and Grill, the place 13 folks have been killed Wednesday. The within reach fires in south California have claimed the lives of two others, as of Saturday afternoon, in step with the Associated Press.

With the playoff recreation towards Oaks Christian postponed because of fires, JSerra will host a tailgate for enthusiasts touring about 110 miles from Westlake Village to San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

JSerra Athletic director Chris Ledyard mentioned college officers meet early every week to speak about the approaching recreation, however with the tragedies, they referred to as every other consultation on Friday.

“We all felt that it was necessary to meet, what we called an emergency meeting (Friday), and discuss how we can support Oaks Christian with everything they’ve gone through,” he mentioned in a telephone interview.

JSerra incessantly hosts a pregame “fun zone” at house video games, Ledyard mentioned.

This time, they invited the fighters.

“We though that there’s an excellent possibility that there would be some connections, whether it’s alumni or people from the town, people who may be connected to all the things that are going on right now in that area,” Ledyard mentioned. “We just wanted to be supportive.”

It’s no longer simply the Thousand Oaks house that has been affected. Ron Nielsen, phase of the booster membership for JSerra, mentioned some avid gamers at the workforce have brothers who pass to Pepperdine, in Malibu, which was once hit arduous via the fires. Some JSerra avid gamers got here from the Thousand Oaks house.

His dad was once a firefighter in San Fernando Valley.

“I remember him leaving as a kid, going out, fighting those fires,” Nielsen mentioned over the telephone. “The world is relatively small and we touch a lot of places and we all know people within this Orange County/LA County region. We hope always that we give a great example for the students and our children.”

The tailgate planners are not certain what number of people to be expecting, however they are ready.

Nielsen mentioned they have got 1,00zero cheeseburgers in a position to move via a caterer, Burger Junkie.

“We don’t know if five people people are going to show,” Nielsen mentioned. “We’re trying to be as hospitable as possible under such an awful situation.”

It’s a small gesture, a meal earlier than a soccer recreation, however it might probably assist a neighborhood in want.

At the very least, it’s going to display avid gamers methods to bridge the space between festival and humanity.

“We talk a lot about that whole, ‘Sports builds character,’ but really, sports reveal your character,” Ledyard mentioned. “If you do the right thing, then it can build character.”

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