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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Central Coast Azevedo Water Polo Camp Organizers Invite Media to Attend Olympic Athlete Reception

Thursday, August 8, 2013 marks the first day of the Central Coast Azevedo Youth Water Polo Camp.


In honor of the three visiting Olympic athletes and world-renowned Olympic coach facilitating the camp, the event organizers invite representatives of the media to a special dinner and reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Loading Dock located at 315 S. Broadway in Old Orcutt. Included in the guest list are several local dignitaries as well as major sponsors of the camp. Opportunities to interview and photograph the Olympians will also be available. Outstanding food, prepared by Bello Forno Wood Fired Cuisine – famous for their gourmet wood-fired pizzas and unique salads, will be served with some of the area’s finest wines.

EVENT SCHEDULE

August 8, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. CC Azevedo Camp participant check-in

Paul Nelson Aquatic Center – 600 S. McClelland Street, Santa Maria

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Camp instruction

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch with presentation to participants by Tony Azevedo

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Camp instruction

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dinner/Reception at The Loading Dock

315 S. Broadway, Orcutt

Invitation Only - open to media, local dignitaries and major sponsors

August 9, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. CC Azevedo Camp participant check-in

Paul Nelson Aquatic Center – 600 S. McClelland Street, Santa Maria

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Camp instruction

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Camp instruction

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Exhibition Game – Paul Nelson Aquatic Center

Open to media, parents, area water polo coaches and event sponsors

ABOUT THE OLYMPIC COACHES

Tony Azevedo

Born in Brazil and raised in California Tony has played water polo from his early youth. Inspired by his father, Ricardo Azevedo, also a world-class water polo player and now considered the premier water polo coach in the world, Tony began his award-winning career in high school where he led his team to four CIF championships and earned the title of MVP each of his four years. After high school he joined the water polo team at Stanford University where his team won two NCAA championships and was honored with the Peter J. Cutino Award, the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy for football. Tony is a four time Olympian and in 2008 his team won the Silver Medal in China. In 2012, he was named the captain of the U.S. Men’s Water Polo Team at the 2012 Summer Olympics and is now a professional water polo player for the Croatian team, the Jug.

Maggie Steffens

Maggie is currently a student at Stanford University and a member of the U.S. Women’s National Water Polo Team. In 2012, she helped her team win the Gold Medal at the Olympics in London and she is considered by many to be the best woman water polo player in the world. Maggie is the youngest player on the team and comes from a large extended family, many of whom are successful athletes and water polo players. Maggie was born in San Ramon, California and her older sister, Jessica Steffens, is also a member of the Senior National Team.

Andy Stevens

A water polo player since the age of seven, Andy is the Men’s Senior National Team Goalie, protecting the net for the U.S. Team at the 2012 Olympics in London. With a long list of awards including College Top Goalkeeper from 2008-2010 and four-time ACWPC Division 1 All-American from 2007-2010, Andy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the camp this summer. His exciting and dynamic style will inspire participants and help to ensure they improve their game.

CENTRAL COAST AZEVEDO WATER POLO CAMP ORGANIZERS

· Diane Adam - Trustee of the Santa Barbara Foundation, Chair of the Santa Maria Affiliate, and parent of Meryl Adam St. Joseph High School Varsity Girls Water Polo player

· Bob and Kirsten Spallino - Owners of Bello Forno Wood Fired Cuisine, and parents of Gian Spallino, St. Joseph High School Varsity Boys Water Polo player

· Charlie Bell – Head Coach, St. Joseph High School Water Polo, and Coach of the One Way Water Polo Club

· Brandan Gonzalez – St. Joseph High School Boys Varsity Water Polo Coach

· Edla Enberg - Member of One Way Water Polo Club Board of Directors, and parent of Lukas Sheckherd, Righetti High School Varsity Boys Water Polo player

· Nancy Jo Ward, local graphic designer, Alan Hancock College faculty and parent of Sierra Peltcher, former St. Joseph High School Water Polo player, recent graduate and 3 year captain of the Women’s Water Polo team at California State University Bakersfield. Sierra will be assisting at the event as a Camp Counselor.

· Nancy Gastelum – Director of Marketing and Public Relations at St. Joseph High School and parent of Rachel Gastelum, St. Joseph High School Girls JV Water Polo player.

CENTRAL COAST AZEVEDO WATER POLO CAMP EVENT SPONSORS

- Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor and Convention Bureau

- Recreation and Parks Department Paul Nelson Aquatic Center

- St. Joseph High School

- One Way Water Polo Club

- Bello Forno Wood Fired Cuisine

- Nancy Jo Ward, Design

- Sharer Brothers Farming

- William James Cellars

For For more information, contact Diane Adam at 805-268-5379 or email. You may also visit our website at www.centralcoastwaterpolocamp.com.

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