A Story by Michele Kreinheder | Updated 06/27/2014 12:44pm
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Long Beach's Century Club was started in 1957 by 100 men who vowed to donate 100 dollars and 100 hours of community service to support local Long Beach athletes.Â A famous recipient was Billie Jean King who needed assistance Â Â getting to Wimbledon! Misty May-Treanor is a Century Club booster as she too was assisted along the way to greatness by the club.
Today the club is made-up of men and women, there are nearly 300 members, but the dues are still just $100. The fundraising this year allowed the club to donate $64,000 to various athletes and programs.
Each week the club meets at various locations (The Boathouse, The Tilted Kilt, Phil Traniâs, Brix) to hear guest speakers. There have been past Olympians,Â ESPNâs Director of Sports Programming, numerous high school and college coaches all who speak eloquently about their program and players, and best of all, many inspiring student athletes.
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This week saw the induction of incoming President Mike Guardabascio, of Grunion Gazette and Press-Telegram sports-writing fame.Â The club has been going through a transformation the past few years (thank you Gary Cohee) and Mike is sort of the capper to the effort. His youth, enthusiasm and determination to keep Long Beach sports first and foremost in our minds, makes him the ideal candidate for the job.
So if you are looking to do something on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:15, enjoy local sports and have a desire to help local athletes, come and join The Century Club. We would love to have you!
Century ClubÂ to read The Century Club's testimonial on my personally fundraising efforts.