Head coach Kelly McNiff and the University of California – San Diego’s swim team proudly announced the addition of 7 student athletes to their program, including 2020 Santa Barbara High School alum Olivia Berens.
The annual Youth Soccer Summer Camp hosted by the University of California – Santa Barbara men’s and women’s soccer teams has been postponed due to the pandemic. A new date has not been chosen for the camp, but program coordinators are hopeful that a weekend camp can be held sometime this fall. The much loved program allows community youth to learn soccer skills and find role models among college athletes.
You may know Tyler Martin for his impressive speed and ability to make plays on the football field as a runningback for nearby UC Santa Barbara. But even his most dedicated fans may not know that Martin has also been an actor with the local Rocky Coast Theatre group for nearly 4 years.
Graduating student athletes across the country saw their high school sport careers cut short due to COVID-19. Many local schools did not want the hard work and talent of their athletes to go unrecognized. They teamed up to host a conference-wide, virtual award ceremony to honor their senior athletes.
The California Economic Development Corporation will begin accepting applications online for the $75 million We Are Small Business Grant program. The program, which will provide $2,500 grants to 30,000 small businesses, is designed to help small businesses get back on their feet amid the COVID-19 pandemic while also encouraging them to adopt best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe.
California artists who have been financially burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a grant up to $2,000 through the California Arts and Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. The deadline to apply is September 1. The California State Council on the Arts, California Arts and Culture Foundation, Shorewood Foundation, and Raymond Foundation have partnered to establish the relief grant program.
5 miles of roads on the Eastside of Santa Barbara have been blocked off to motor vehicles. This is part of the city’s efforts to promote alternative transportation options, such as biking and walking, across the city.
Golf courses have opened during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Santa Barbara resident Stephen Homer, age 16, designed a product with his 3D printer to help golfers play more safely. The use of a hole cover has been used by many golf courses this year to prevent golfers from placing their hands in each hole to retrieve their golf ball.
Leaders from the technical industry across the country have been critical of Donald Trump’s recent decision to ban work visas through the remainder of the year. Tech employers say they recruit employees with work visas for positions not filled by U.S. workers, and tech businesses in Santa Barbara are no exception.
The 2020 Santa Barbara County Fair has been canceled. Members of the Fair Board held out on their decision until this week, as they continued to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Ultimately, they say the health and safety of their exhibitors, staff, and visitors must come first in the face of this difficult decision.