SAO helps the Recreation Commission Stream Line Communication by Bringing ALL Recreation News Straight from the Source!
The Sports Association of Oakland was very busy this summer fine-tuning their communication abilities by putting parents in direct contact with recreation news “as it happens”. Working with Recreation Chair Mike Guadagnino, this new process will remove barriers between recreation coaches/commissioners and their participants. “In this age of overwhelming digital communication it is almost archaic for parents to wait for the sign-up flyer to come home from school, or wait for an email from your coach about practice being canceled” said Guadagnino. “Almost everyone is connected to each other through Facebook and Twitter, and if the SAO has given us the ability to use this technology to enhance Recreation then I say Thank You SAO!” Mike emphasized that this is not a borough or even an Oakland Recreation project; it is a Sports Association sponsored endeavor. “The volunteers at the SAO once again have raised their hand and offered to help make the recreation programs even greater”. “Sure we will still send home flyers from the school, and expect our coaches to contact their parents via email and phone calls, but by using social media we can get information broadcast to Oakland in real time; as the cliché goes “you will know as I know”.
The Recreation Commission has a great website, and this year many sports have started allowing parents to sign their children up online with a “sign-up and mail-in” registration form. “The Facebook and Twitter pages will also have direct links to our website, directing parents to sign-up pages, coaches’ certification information page and everything else our website offers”. Mike continued “The SAO has been a real champion of recreation, whether it is helping to pay our baseball umpires, raising funds for the future walking path or being the 501c3 bank for the many sports fundraisers, it has been a great marriage between the Recreation Commission and the SAO. I’m very proud that we have such a great group of volunteers that extend past our recreation programs and into our volunteer support structure”.
Anyone wishing to get connected would need to “Like” the Sports Association of Oakland on Facebook and/or “Follow” Chairman Guadagnino on Twitter @MGuad27. Mike will also be tweeting information about all progress of the new park. Get connected Oakland!
Hosted by Ultimate Sports America
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Schedule Rain or Shine
7:30 am – Registration: 5K participants
8:30 am – 5K Run/Walk- Kid registration
9:30 am – Kids’ 1 mile Dash
5K Run/Walk…………………..$25 before September 15(includes T-shirt) ($30 Race Day)
1 Mile 14 & under …. $10 (10 & under: adult supervision required)
5K Awards: Top M/F Overall, Top 3 M/F in the following categories: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
1 Mile Awards: Top 3 Boys/Girls in the following categories: 7-10, 11-14
This 5K course will start at Ultimate Sports America and will take you around the McBride Industrial Park:
Two water stops. Mile markers for each mile. Strollers and baby joggers welcome. No skates, blades, bikes or pets please.
Ultimate Sport America address: 12 Wright Way Oakland, NJ 07436 Phone: 201-644-0372
Amenities: T-shirt guaranteed to all 5K pre-registrants & pre-registered kid participants. Professional timing crew
Post- race refreshments will be available.
ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLEAT www.oaklandschoolsnj.org
Three easy Steps
1. Select Valley Middle School
2. PTO Website
3. Click on register here for 5K
*Payments for online registration will be processed securely through PAYPAL
Or click here to print out form and please make checks payable to Valley PTO
Mail application to: Challenger 5K, 107 Franklin Avenue, Oakland,07436
In 2012 the SAO donated $7,777.72 to Valley Middle School PTO to be used for Teen Canteen capital improvement expenditures. Below is a thank you card from VMS PTO.
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