Thank you Mark Sanchez
for another great WSA Social
We had a great time with Mark Sanchez at our first in-person social since last year!
Former NFL player Mark Sanchez shared his personal experiences on and off the field and his thoughts on growing up playing high level football, a few hilarious personal recruiting stories, the upcoming 2021 NFL Season, his new position as a FOX SPORTS Game Analyst and the importance of youth sports. He was interviewed by Hayley Elwood, Interviewer and Team Reporter for the Los Angeles Chargers and one of the NFL’s go-to hosts for the Super Bowl and Draft.
THANK YOU MARK SANCHEZ AND HAYLEY ELWOOD
and MULDOONS IRISH PUB!
For Being WSA's Most Recent Zoom Social Guest!
Join us as we welcome Lawrence Jackson to our upcoming social! Lawrence Jackson was a 4-year starter at USC from 2004 - 2007. Serving as team captain during his senior season, the Trojans ended the season with a Rose Bowl Victory over Illinois. Studying philosophy and majoring in Sociology while in school, Lawrence began to focus on community development and overall well-being. Drafted to the Seahawks 08’ and then traded to Detroit in 2010, Lawrence used his time in the NFL to continue to develop his community development plan, ultimately being introduced to social impact while in Detroit.
Lawrence Jackson, also known as “The Man in Black”, will share the ground-breaking work he’s doing to help local kids at a profound level.
Doc Rivers Social
Just prior to having his very first dinner with both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, Glenn “Doc” Rivers joined a group of Westcoast Sports Associates members and their invited guests to talk about basketball. The much anticipated upcoming Clippers season was clearly what the audience came to hear about and we were not disappointed - but rather amazed.
Coach Rivers openly shared insight and stories about his teams summer quest for acquiring the most coveted NBA free agents; Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
Our group was privileged that Doc shared real time stories about the Los Angeles Clippers pursuit for grabbing the best off season talent available and other adjustments to his team that makes the Clippers instant favorites to bring Los Angeles a Championship.
The conversation also addressed his 13 year playing career in the NBA, coaching three different NBA teams and winning the NBA Championship ( beating the Lakers) with the 2007-08 Boston Celtics team.
Our membership and guests are appreciative of the unique opportunity and perspective that we got from a person who many people did not know grew up in Chicago, played and coached in the NBA; but will ultimately be remembered for being a very special person. Doc supported WSA and agreed to make himself available to help support WSA‘s goals because he believes in our mission of helping kids learn life lessons through sports.
Steve Lavin Social
Coach Steve Lavin agreed to join Westcoast Sports Associates in February for an unforgettable Social at the 900 Club. Lavin began by openly confirming WSA’s mission; focusing on helping economically disadvantaged children to learn life lessons through the opportunity to participate in sports.
Coach Lavin believes that sports, much like life is a learning experience. Lavin even got more specific, when he reaffirmed that “basketball has its ups and downs, success and failures and endless challenges that make us all better people for taking the journey”.
Coach Lavin discussed his early years growing up in the Bay Area. Having an interest in being an educator lead him to getting a graduate assistant coaching job at Purdue University in 1988. In 1991, Jim Harrick brought Lavin to Westwood. Prior to the 1996 season, UCLA fired coach Jim Herrick and turned to then 32-year-old coach Steve Lavin to coach the Bruins from 1996 to 2003. As head coach, he led the Bruins to six consecutive NCAA tournaments and an overall record of 145 -78.
During the WSA social, Lavin also discussed insights he learned from broadcasting college basketball alongside Brent Musburger at ABC and ESPN for over 7 years.
Coach Lav then shared stories about returning to college basketball as the head coach at St. John’s University in 2010. He openly discussed his “personal challenge” that led him to overcome and defeat his own cancer, and return to the broadcasting booth doing college basketball today. The WSA audience was then treated to a 45 minute open microphone Q&A session with Coach Lavin.
Everyone enjoyed the open format and candid responses that Lav shared as he answered each inquiry. Upon wrapping up the WSA Social , Coach Lav graciously agreed to take photos, hang out long enough to reconnected with old friends while sipping on a water. Then, quickly heading towards the side door in an Adidas sweatshirt and tennis shoes he looked back and yelled “WSA - keep doing all the good work” and then slipped out the backdoor and into the nights darkness.
All who were present for this WSA Social, quickly realized that our unique time with Steve Lavin was over. We all wish to thank Coach Lavin for an amazing WSA experience.
Mike Bohn Zoom Social
The Current State of College Athletics - An interview with Roy Firestone and Mike Bohn, USC Athletic Director, presented by Westcoast Sports Associates and hosted by Sam Lagana of Pepperdine. Topics covered will include insight on Mike's background, the challenges ahead in his new role, and how he sees the future of college athletics adapting to the new COVID19 environment.