On Sunday, August 25th, 2013 the residents of Phoenix House Academy San Diego participated in the first ever San Diego Youth Games, hosted by the Revive Institute at the McGrath YMCA in Rancho San Diego. Phoenix House Alumnus, Raphael Ortiz-Gomez, brought the whole day together which featured events in Track and Field, Softball and a Spirit/Sportsmanship competition.
The day kicked off with guest speaker, John Paul Theberge, speaking to the 40+ participants about tragedies in his life including the death of his father at a young age and losing his leg in a motorcycle accident at 23. His injury led to addiction and, when he finally found sobriety and serenity, he positively channeled his anger and depression into starting his own marketing firm while also becoming a two-time World Champion challenged tri-athlete. His story of overcoming adversity was the perfect thing for the participants who all have their own personal stories of adversity and, with the help of places like the Revive Institute and Phoenix House, are trying to overcome.
Our athletes spent the rest of the day eating hot-dogs and nachos, enjoying their time with families and having a friendly competition amongst peers. Phoenix House came in 2nd place overall. It is a great success, since our teens competed against teams that were comprised of mostly adult participants. Highlights included: a Phoenix House champion (first place) in the push-up competition, second places in every Track and Field event and champions in the highly contested softball tournament.
Phoenix House hopes to continue to be a part of this event as well as continuing our relationship with the Revive Institute and all of our outstanding alumni. We hope to expand this competition to include any at-risk youth program in the San Diego area.
If you have any questions or comments about Phoenix House San Diego programs, need more infomration or referral assistance for a loved one, struggling with alcohol and or drug abuse, please do not hesitate to contact our Call Center that will put you in touch with our caring staff 1 888 671 9392. Phoenix House Academy of San Diego is located at 23981 Sherilton Valley Road, Descanso, CA 91916, tel. 1 888 671 9392.