Whiz Kid of the Week Lauren Portice Featured on the Patch

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From left to right, Council member Joe Brown, Council member Linda Lindholm, recipient Lauren Portice, Disneyland Ambassador Rene Torrico, Mayor Gary Capata, recipient Jonathan Li, Mayor Pro Tem Paul Glaab and Council member Robert Ming

The City Council recently recognized Lauren Portice and Jonathan Li,  who were each recently awarded a $5,000 Disneyland Resort scholarship for their community service.

Portice, a resident of Laguna Niguel and student at JSerra Catholic High School, was recognized for her work with Sports Gift, an organization that collects and donates old sporting equipment to underprivileged children in the U.S. and around the world.

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Sports Gift

JSerra’s chapter of Sports Gift had another successful collection, last week.  The club collected over 150 items to be given to Sports Gift charity in Laguna Hills.  The equipment will be sorted and sent to children in So. California and all over the world.  The club collected jerseys, shorts, cleats, tennis shoes, baseball bats, shin guards, soccer balls, footballs, tennis raquets and sports bags to name a few.  
The Club focuses on sharing gods love through sports. Thanks to everyone who donated, each item will touch a child’s life, thanks in part to your generosity.
If you have used or new sport equipment, shoes or clothing to donate but did not bring it in time, please e-mail Lauren Portice at lportice@cox.net to coordinate a drop off.  Please check out the website at www.sportsgift.org.