In early 2018, layoffs and budget cuts across the city’s media landscape threatened the existence of quality, dedicated Long Beach sports coverage. A small but passionate group of people and schools stepped up to ensure that the city’s youth didn’t lose their spotlight. Below are the first men, women, and institutions to come forward with a substantial financial contribution to the562.org, a non-profit community journalism outlet focusing on youth sports coverage, as well as in-classroom teaching.
Thanks to our founding sponsors as well as the first members of “The 562 100,” a group of legacy donors who kickstarted this website. These names will be listed forever on our website as a testimony to Long Beach’s support for its kids and schools.
To find out how to add your name to this list and make sure that Long Beach sports coverage never disappears, click here to email us.
Cross Country/Track & Field – Bryson Financial
Golf – Dan & Desiree Gooch
Tennis – Long Beach State Tennis Boosters
Cabrillo High – The Cohn Family
Jordan High – John Ross
Lakewood High – J.P. Crawford
Long Beach Poly High – Jayon Brown/PlayFair Sport Management
Millikan High – Curtis Boyer
Wilson High – Joel Bitonio
Long Beach State Dirtbags Baseball – P2S, Inc.
Long Beach State Volleyball – Naples Car Wash
Athletes of the Week – Long Beach Century Club
Season Previews – Vertical Raise
A longtime supporter of Long Beach State athletics as well as several of the Long Beach and Lakewood high schools, Marilyn Bohl knows how important local sports coverage is to the community. A member of the562.org’s board, Marilyn is hoping others will join her in supporting great coverage for the entire city of Long Beach.
Long Beach Century Club
The Long Beach Century Club has been supporting amateur athletics in the city since 1957, having helped launch the careers of superstars like Billie Jean King and Misty May-Treanor. When local sports coverage was in danger of disappearing, the Century Club did what it’s always done–it stepped up, and stepped in to make things right.
The Moore League: Cabrillo, Compton, Jordan, Lakewood, Millikan, Poly, and Wilson High Schools
We’ve spent a decade on the campuses of the Moore League high schools, doing everything we can to bring attention to the impressive exploits of the city’s students. This year the Moore League did everything it could to ensure that spotlight stays lit, helping provide us with the funds needed to launch this site and continue covering Long Beach youth.
The 562 100
Arnold Educational Fund
Beach Futbol Club Boys Teams
Beach Futbol Club Girls Teams
Dr. Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach
Sarah Childs Krueger Foundation Charity Fund
Long Beach City College
Naples Car Wash
Shore Aquatics Swimming
Shore Aquatics Water Polo
St. Anthony High School
Dave Ursini, Naples Rib Company
Mike and Arline Walter