I spent half-a-day meeting and greeting the young people at the ABLE-DISABLED ADVOCACY’S YOUTH BUILD PROGRAM on Friday in the Stockton section of San Diego at 32nd & Market. I was asked to speak to the participants about drug & alcohol abuse. I coupled it with motivational ideas. The young men and women are part of a comprehensive youth development program that addresses several core issues facing low-income youth including education, work readiness, financial assistance and employment. “Youth build,” as it is called, helps it’s students work towards 1) High School Diploma/GED program completion..2) Construction Training in Green Building Technologies..3) Leadership Development & Community Service & 4) Job Readiness Skills & Job Placement Assistance. “YouthBuild’s” Multi-Craft Curriculum training is a Pre-Apprenticeship course that includes construction industry standards, CPR, First Aid and OSHA 10 Certifications. The course also offers a pathway to post-secondary education and advanced training for other careers in the Building Trades. The program is supported by 100% funding from the U.S. Dept. Of Labor, and each student receives a weekly stipend during training, a strong incentive to stay in the program. In order to participate, students must be 17-20 years old, a high school dropout, a legal resident, and live in zip codes 92102, 92105, 92111, 92114, 92115 or 92139.
I especially want to thank former S.D. Chargers Def. End Burt Grossman, who oversees the program, Denise Yoggerst, Program Manager, and others who make all this possible. If you want more information you can contact them at (619) 928-4532. It’s so pleasing to have programs like this available to our youth. They don’t give up on the young people and neither should you!
I have NEVER before been so impressed with a family doctor. You see, this particular family doctor also is my sports medicine doctor. I was referred to Alan Richburg by good friend and former L.A. Clippers head coach Don Casey. That was a few years ago and it’s been the best “few years” of my adult life. I had just about gave up on finding a doctor who REALLY took my interests to heart. I’m not saying others were uninterested, but they never made me feel like I was a “real concern,” just another body to work on! I have had over 20 surgeries to fix old injuries I had sustained as a Participatory Sports Announcer all over America. When I found out that Dr. Richburg was a family physician and a sports medicine doctor, I felt like I had hit the “medical jackpot.” You see, as I get older I want to get “even older.” I want my doctor to help me as if I was a young man with a long future ahead, not just a senior “treading life’s waters” hoping for a few good years before “checking out!!!”
DR. Richburg is more than qualified. With his leadership San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center has blossomed into a top flight, first class facility in Sorrento Valley. I have also rehabbed my surgically replaced knees and shoulder there, with one more to go. Dr. Richburg is not a surgical doctor. He has geniuses like Dr. Christopher Behr who do that work.
Dr. Richburg has quite a history. He was an NCAA Wrestling champion and is one of California’s top bike racers. Besides his thriving practice, Dr. Richburg is also the senior team Doctor for SDSU Athletics, from Basketball and Football to Soccer, volleyball, track, water polo, you name it. You will also find him at the Olympic Training Center and numerous High Schools in S.D. County. He has all of these many sports at various institutions and he never misses an “in house” appointment. IS this dude a Magician or what? No, folks, he’s my doctor and I want you to check him out. I am getting nothing for writing this, except satisfaction and the thrill to “turn him on to you!!!” You can find him listed..San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd., San Diego, 92121. I can guarantee this ie one stop you will wanna make and never regret. And, by the way, when you get there, tell’em LUCK sent ya!