In 2002, Laura Hendrickson, an avid beach volleyball player discovered South Mission Beach with 14 beach volleyball courts. Having traveled to many locations throughout the US and abroad as a professional beach volleyball player, it is unusual to have beach volleyball poles with nets and lines already up and available for use. Always wanting to find a good place to be a community servant, taking care of these beach volleyball courts was a great place to give back. At the time, the nets were in need of some repair and this was the beginning of San Diego Beach Improvement Group. In 2007, this endeavor became an official 501(c)(3) non profit organization.
As Laura discovered the history of the courts and the people involved, it's been a pleasure working with all the community supporters, beach volleyball and basketball enthusiasts, Parks & Rec and the City of San Diego to maintain this sports park. Bill Walton helped to move the city for the installation in 1997 and has been a huge supporter and advocate for these sports courts throughout the years.
To maintaining these courts, we raise money through direct donations from the players as well as through our events. Currently our primary event is the Annual Polar Bear Classic tournament in December. The money goes towards the purchase of nets, lines, cranks, paint, rims, resurfacing the basketball court and running the non profit. We have many local businesses as sponsors and we appreciate all the support!
We offer membership for those of you that support South Mission Beach Sports Park and the sports of basketball and volleyball! There are 4 categories to choose from: If you are an avid player and use these courts frequently, we encourage you to support our cause. Currently these donations will go directly to the maintenance and equipment needs for the sports park. As we build our Board and make decisions to offer activites, members will have a discount to participate in these events.
Ther are several ways to get involved beyond donations and membership. Please consider volunteering, being a sponsor, an advertiser or working with us to get your products into our e-Commerce store*.
If you love these sports courts and would be interested in helping or being a part of our tribe, please contact our founder, Laura Hendrickson at SanDiegoBIG@san.rr.com or call her at 619-888-6743.