Same fun and intense work out, but different day ad time. Fall/Winter schedule will be Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30am and Saturdays at 8:00am. Don’t let anyone tell you ZUMBA isn’t a work out, but come see for yourself. We love to have new faces show up, and join us for an hour long work out. Hope to see you there.
Introducing the Shafter Striders
The Shafter Striders are a youth cross-country team, that was started back in 1989-1990. The program was started by Terry Lewis, who wanted to help improve the High School cross-country program. He made several offers to help to the High School cross country and track teams, but each time was turned away.
Lewis decided to start a program that would introduce the younger kids to cross country, hoping they would continue running and eventually improve the High School program. The Shafter Recreation Parks and District wasn’t ready to take on the program, however they were able to offer insurance & liability coverage for the program. After posting an ad for a no-cost running program in the Shafter Press, he received many calls. After just a few practices, they came up with the name “Shafter Striders”.
In order to fund the program, they collected unwanted items and had family yard sales and hosted jog-a-thons. This would pay for entry fees, uniforms, and charter buses for any of the runners who made it to the State Championships.
The program today would not be what it is without the guidance and influence of all the previous coaches. Terri Lewis, along with Rick Gonzales, Daniel Cruz, Joni Lewis, Robert Waters, and Joan Handel were coaches from the early times in the program. Most of the coaches were parents who would go out and help the team.
In 1993, Lewis was offered a position coaching Shafter High’s cross country and track teams. He did both for a year, but quickly realized it was too much. He handed the program over to other coaches and to this date is still involved with the High School teams, with great success! As the years went by some coaches left and new ones would take over. We hope to keep this tradition alive.
Many of the Shafter Strider coaches today, at one time ran for the Striders, the Shafter High cross-country program and/or the Shafter High track program in their youth. Our current coaches are Alejandro Loeza, Octavio Loeza, Marco Lara, and Denise Loeza.
Last year, the Shafter Striders program joined forces with Shafter Recreation to maintain a low-cost program that is available for children from 4 years old to 8th grade. Many of our runners continue to run in High School and we are proud to say that our teams do well.
We would like to give a special thanks to all the previous and current coaches, parents and sponsors who help keep this program going. Without the efforts of our supporters, the program would not be the success it is today!
Water Aerobics $2 a class! Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:00pm-7:00pm. This will be held at the Shafter Aquatic Center 269 Poso Ave. For ages 13+ and capable of swimming.
Help support our community by sponsoring a team(s) for the Shafter Recreation. Our programs vary and reach out to all age groups, but our biggest programs are youth sports. The district is in need of the community’s help to provide the best sports experience for our youth. Here is a look of the four different Sponsorship Packages the Shafter Recreation offers.
Goal Package: One Sport Cost: $275.00 Sponsor name on 1 team jersey, T-shirt, sponsor name mentioned on SRPD website
Slam Dunk Package: $500.00 Sponsor name on 2 team’s jerseys(different sports), T-shirt, SRPD Hat, Team photo plaque, sponsor name mentioned on SRPD website
Triple-Play Package: $775.00 Sponsor name on 3 team’s jerseys(different sports), T-shirts, SRPD Hat, Team photo plaque, Sponsor logo on SRPD website, Jersey for each sponsored sport
Touchdown Package: $1, 500.00 Sponsor name on 1 team jersey per sport listed(basketball, t-ball. baseball, softball, volleyball, flag football, and soccer), T-shirt, SRPD Hat, Team Photo Plaque, Sponsor logo on SRPD Website, Jersey for each sponsored sport, & annual fence banner posted in front of facility.
September 29 at 10:00am Yokuts Park, Bakersfield
October 6 at 10:00am Lamont Invitational
October 13 at 9:00am Lost Hills Invitational
October 20 at 1:00pm Rio Bravo-Greeley Great Race
October 27 at 10:00am Pond X-Country Invitational
November 3 at 11:00am McFarland Invitational
November 10 at 11:00am Kern County Championship(Shafter)
Twice a Month 1st and 3rd Fridays!
Karaoke Potluck 1st and 3rd Friday’s of every month. Don’t make plans because you don’t want to miss out. Starts at 5:00pm and doesn’t stop until 9:00pm. Please bring a dish that will feed a lot, remember this is a potluck.
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