[SSJ-Coaches] Fw: School Turf Fields...please send to your parents

Kurt Kanavel airkanavel at sbcglobal.net
Wed Oct 3 12:21:25 PDT 2007

Coaches and Parents 

I have sent the e-mail below (scroll down) to David Alioto, Executive Vice President of Earthquakes Soccer, to enlist his support of efforts being made to have turf fields and rubberized tracks built at Herman, Davis, and Bernal Middle Schools. San Jose City money has already been earmarked for fields and parks, and private funding by corporations could be the key to making this work by partnering up. We are trying to avoid a Bond Measure that could take up to 3 years before a City wide vote, with possibly no results to show for it.

I am trying to start a ground swell from our soccer community. Many of you in our league are in secular positions to help push this through, either by knowing some well placed politicians, or work for companies that would be willing to contribute to such worthy cause for our kids and cash strapped schools. In either case, the more support we have, the faster our kids will be playing on surfaces year round that do not need watering, mowing, and overall maintenance that brings us marginal satisfaction year end and year out. If you would like more information after reading my letter to David, on how you can get personally involved with this effort, please don't hesitate to call or e-mail me.

Kurt Kanavel
Field Director
South San Jose Youth Soccer League
408 315-2346

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Kurt Kanavel 
To: David Alioto 
Sent: Wednesday, October 03, 2007 9:41 AM
Subject: Re: School Turf Fields

No worries.....GO EARTHQUAKES!!!

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: David Alioto 
  To: Kurt Kanavel 
  Sent: Wednesday, October 03, 2007 9:39 AM
  Subject: RE: School Turf Fields



  Thanks.We are announcing our new Soccer GM today.  I  will get back to you asap.




  David Alioto

  Executive Vice President

  Earthquakes Soccer


  dalioto at oaklandathletics.com


  From: Kurt Kanavel [mailto:airkanavel at sbcglobal.net] 
  Sent: Wednesday, October 03, 2007 9:27 AM
  To: David Alioto
  Cc: forrest.williams at sanjoseca.gov; Chris Jew; Bruce Yost; Frank Teruel; Alan Chase; Rick Simons; jgeorge at ogsd.k12.ca.us
  Subject: School Turf Fields


  Hi David


  I am working in conjunction with the Oakgrove School District, Councilman Forrest Williams and the City Council, about turning three of their Middle Schools, Herman, Davis, and Bernal, grass and gravel ovals into synthetic turf fields and rubberized track. The expense of maintaining grass fields and 30 year old plumbing along with other maintenance cost on a yearly basis is astronomical, with no guarantee that it will be in good condition year round for the kids to use. I am working with a contractor who has built several of the High School turf fields in the South Bay, and he feels that all 3 schools can be completed within a 1 year period. 


  As you know, putting this before a bond measure and getting it passed before the voters could take up to 3 years, with no guarantees in the end. So I am spearheading an effort of using some City money, already earmarked for public fields and parks, and private money from corporations, who would like to be involved with helping out cash strapped schools make improvements for their community. 


  If you think this is something that the EARTHQUAKES would like to be a part of, or perhaps being able to use your influence in having other vendors or corporations of becoming involved with the project, please feel free to contact me at any time. The site construction for all 3 schools will run about 3.9 million, so every penny counts. 


  Thank you David.


  Kurt Kanavel
  Field / Operations Director
  South San Jose Youth Soccer League / Futsal San Jose ( and parent of 4 children in the District)

  408 315-2346


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