Rather than navigate the globe after completing college, sailor Molly Robinson took another route. The San Francisco native did venture halfway across the world after graduating from the College of Charleston in 2009, but it was hardly a pleasure cruise.
Robinson spent two months in a Hazmat suit, spraying glue for a sail-making company in New Zealand. After a few months on sewing machine duty, she returned to San Francisco as an experienced sail builder. Read More
A badminton racket is as common in Indonesia as a hockey stick in Canada or a baseball bat in the United States.
Kowi Chandra, however, grew up in an Indonesian family that didn’t play badminton. He discovered the game as a 7-year-old in his neighbor’s backyard. Two years later, he was playing competitively, winning tournaments throughout Indonesia, and at the age of 13 he earned a spot with the prestigious Djarum Badminton Club.
Chandra devoted his teenage years to professional badminton. Read More
Jesse Foppert, the quintessential San Francisco baseball player, is the only ballplayer to have worn both USF and Giants jerseys. He is now teaching and inspiring young San Franciscans at the Jesse Foppert Pitching Academy.
A .400 hitter his senior year at San Rafael High School, Foppert had always resisted his coaches’ pleas to become a pitcher. He just wasn’t ready to give up his turns in the batter’s box.
In 1999, two new faces appeared on the USF baseball scene: Coach Nino Giarratano and Foppert, a walk-on shortstop on a team deep at that position. Read More
Stan Wolf’s employer is granting him an 11-week hiatus this summer for a 4,100-mile bike ride.
BAR Architects in downtown San Francisco is not only giving its 26-year-old architectural designer the time off, the firm is sponsoring Wolf by donating to the cause.
Philadelphia-based Bike and Build is organizing eight cross-country bicycle trips this summer to benefit affordable housing groups. Wolf, his three co-leaders and 30-or-so college-age riders are devoting their summer breaks to biking and building. Read More
Grandmaster Robert Castro is the grand master of many arts.
A San Franciscan since moving at age 2 with his family to the Haight-Ashbury district from the Philippines, Castro’s musical career began when he was a student at the now defunct Polytechnic High School in the 1960s.
As a boy in his premusician days, Castro had studied karate under the great “Cat Man” Yamaguchi at his school on Castro and 14th streets. Read More
The San Francisco Fight for Air Climb takes on even greater significance this year for one city firefighter.
Greg Collaco scaled the 1,197 steps of 555 California St., The City’s tallest “climbable” building, each of the first four years of the American Lung Association fundraising event, which began in 2007.
In 2009, Collaco compiled his personal best time. The strain on his lungs from the 13-minute climb, however, resulted in a bout with pneumonia. Read More
Dennis Schindler has run in all 27 Emerald Across the Bay 12K races since the event originated in 1984 as Houlihan’s to Houlihan’s.
Schindler has been joined by his wife’s brother, Andy Wesolek, for their race tradition each year except one.In 1998, Wesolek was unable to sneak away on race day, which fell on the morning of his own wedding, leaving his best buddy Schindler to run solo that year.
“It was like I was missing a limb,” said Schindler, who returned from the race in time to witness his buddy get married. Read More
Having completed the triple crown of hiking — covering 7,000 miles in 18 months — Sage Clegg was hardly prepared for the streets of San Francisco.Clegg finished the final leg, the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail, this past Christmas Eve. After the holiday, the nomadic hiker returned to “home base,” the couch of her sister’s house, and led some Oakland high school students, sponsored by outdoor education organization Outward Bound, on a three-day urban course through San Francisco. Read More
In June of 1999, his rookie season on the PBA Tour, Tony Reyes was bowling in Lakewood in Southern California and having his first national television experience.
The 26-year-old recent San Jose State University graduate had climbed the ladder to the tournament final by defeating six opponents, four of them Hall of Famers. His first roll of that title match was a gutter ball, and he went on to lose the final. But that event proved to Reyes that he had made it; he was among the elite of his sport. Read More
Watching these kids in the pool, it’s hard to believe that the Sto. Domingo siblings have been swimming for only 18 months.
“They started as non-swimmers, scared of the water,” said Don Lane, head coach and founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Pool’s Blue Dolphins youth swim team.
With the fear long gone, 8-year-old Mia dominated last month’s Zone 3 Pacific USA Swimming Championships held in Santa Rosa, and older brother Noa was nearly as impressive. Read More