Warriors Clean Up at Seabright

Members of the Santa Cruz Warriors joined Save Our Shores volunteers and some 200 locals to clean trash off Seabright Beach.

by Alexa Lomberg

March 17, 2014—The Santa Cruz Warriors traded in their jerseys for bright yellow “I Save Our Shores, this Saturday morning. The Warriors teamed up with upwards of 200 locals for a cleanup at Seabright Beach.

The volunteers were divided up into six groups, each with two Warriors players and Save Our Shores helpers, in a friendly competition to collect the most trash. But the competition heated up quickly.

Good thing the Warriors were there to help out with some heavy lifting — something that might not normally be necessary at a beach cleanup. But when Team 3 found a tire while scouring the beach for smaller items of trash, the basketball players came in handy.

Read about Save Our Shores' Beachkeepers Program
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After over an hour of collecting trash, the teams individually gathered up to assess their findings. Each team had buckets full of garbage they dumped out onto tarps. While the tire was the most impressive item in weight, people also found kites, shoes, Frisbees, soccer balls, syringes and cigarette butts.

Some teams focused on larger items, some on smaller items, but the judges made the point that there is always work that can be done to keep the beautiful beaches of Santa Cruz clean.

“None of that is going into the ocean now,” said one of the judges who examined the amount of trash each team collected in order to determine a winner.

Mav’Riks, the Warriors mascot, followed the judges, who then collectively decided upon a winning team. With the tire find on its side, Team 3, led by Warriors Hilton Armstrong and Kiwi Gardner, was the winner, and each volunteer on the team earned special raffle tickets for the chance to win four tickets to the Santa Cruz Warriors game Saturday night or a basketball signed by the entire team.

The raffles after the cleanup and judging wrapped up the event. Kids jumped on the inflatable dunk tank, and everyone enjoyed the gorgeous day at the beach. The Warriors headed home after a morning full of cleaning and signing autographs for their fans, in order to rest up for their game that night.

Here's a little video by the Santa Cruz Warriors about the event: