11th Annual Sports Swap at Thurston celebrates love of sports, is a rousing success

Photos by Scott Brashier 

The 11th Annual Sports Swap was held at Thurston Middle School on Saturday, Nov 2. Sponsored by the Thurston PTA, proceeds from the Sports Swap go directly to the PTA at Thurston Middle School. 

Jimmy Azadian, chair of the Sports Swap, says, “It was a privilege to chair this community event, working alongside the many moms and dads who donated sports gear and volunteered their time and talents to making this year’s Sports Swap our most successful Sports Swap yet! It is a one-of-a-kind event – joining together members of the Thurston Middle School family and the Laguna Beach community at large – to celebrate our common love of sports.”

11th annual boys and surfboards

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Sports Swap featured two brand new surfboards donated by Catch Surf 

“Whether it be surfers, skimboarders, hockey players, or mountain bikers, Sports Swap has something for everyone. The entire day was filled with happy shoppers and fun-loving volunteers, people who wanted to support our middle schoolers at Thurston. My favorite memory from this year’s Sports Swap was a little girl who found the perfect wetsuit for only $10. She had raised the funds to buy her wetsuit, and she asked me if we could do a Sports Swap every month!” says Azadian. 

11th annual basketball

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Attendees had fun while shopping

“There are many outstanding stories like this one, and I am so very proud of Thurston Middle School and our Thurston PTA for doing the hard work required to put on a community event of this magnitude. And we couldn’t have done it without our awesome sponsors: Catch Surf, Hobie, Laguna Beach Little League, and nbrhd.

“Seeing all of the smiles on the faces of our kiddos and parents was the best reward!” 

11th annual skis

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Something for everyone

Azadian adds, “Even though it is a fundraiser for our middle schoolers, Sports Swap is really an opportunity to bring our community together for a good cause. It is easy to see why Thurston Middle School PTA’s Sports Swap has been an annual event for over a decade, and I am already looking forward to the next Sports Swap in November 2020!”

The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach was the recipient of any unsold donated equipment at the end of the event.