A brand new Adventure Series that was built around having fun while giving back. After a day of adventure running, keg tossing, obstacle course sprinting, tractor tire flipping, archery range shooting, and beer drinking, you will know what it means to be a true Hybrid Athlete. You will know what it means to give back.
"Vin hesten," a Norwegian phrase meaning "wine horses," is an appropriate title for a stable located right in the middle of Temecula Valley's wine country. And though wine and horseback riding is a major draw for tourists and locals, Vin Hesten Trail Adventures has a far more humanitarian pursuit. Every trail horse onsite is a rescue from a neighboring ranch that may otherwise have been sent to auction or slaughter. Guests can stop by for a quick lesson, purchase gear, or opt for a guided trail ride through the lush outlying wine country.
Few things are as satisfying as hearing the swish of a ball hitting a soccer net, except for giving someone else the opportunity to experience that joy. Pass It Forward embodies this ethic with its "buy a ball, donate a ball" program. With every purchase of the organization's eco-friendly, match-quality soccer balls, a similar ball finds its way to an underserved child or community. These balls go around the world, to children in Africa and other underserved areas, and to under-funded clubs in the US. Once properly equipped and on the field, youth can build camaraderie, endurance, teamwork, leadership, and a sense of cultural identity and pride.
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The Ecology Center empowers individuals looking to positively impact the earth at home and throughout the wider community through hands-on learning and a bevy of classes, programs, and speakers. Advocate-level members receive at least a 10% discount on all events, including the upcoming June 4 installment of the Backyard Skills workshop series that teaches participants how to construct a backyard veggie-growing box ($15 for members) and the Green Feast on September 10, with farmers, ranchers, and chefs congregating on the center to serve up hors d’oeuvres and a four-course spread of environmentally friendly delicacies ($180 for members). Keen ears can digest the nuggets of wisdom divulged by representatives from Nike and Patagonia during the summer speaker series along with wine, beer, and light fare ($15 for members). A stylish Ecology Center tote bag accessorizes each membership, perfect for demonstrating environmental sustainability while shopping for groceries or foraging for peppermints before winter’s first frost.
Each year, more than 400 students participate in a HOBY California leadership program. These same students later participate in community service projects across the state, utilizing the critical-thinking, project-planning, and decision-making skills they learned at the seminars.
As students work to improve their schools and communities, they’re helping to fulfill HOBY’s mission—to inspire and empower youth to make a positive difference in the community, relying on understanding and effective, compassionate leadership. Along with service projects and other events throughout the year, HOBY California organizes four youth leadership seminars every June at local universities. HOBY is run entirely by volunteers, 95% of whom are recent alumni of the group's leadership seminars.