TVIA-2 Senior Send Off

Teen Volunteers in Action San Diego Chapter 2 held its Senior Send Off event May 17 at the Canyon Crest Academy Proscenium Theater.

Teen Volunteers In Action is an organization of young men who, together with their families, are committed to developing community leaders through a structured program of volunteerism, philanthropy, and personal development.

The keynote speaker for the event was Tom Atwell a Los Angeles native and a graduate John Muir High School and San Diego State University. Coach Atwell has been coaching at La Jolla High for the past 14 years and coaching in San Diego for 23 years.

He has coached the United States Men’s Junior National Team. He has won 16 Boys City Swimming Championships, six swimming CIF Championships and one Boy’s Water Polo CIF Championship in his 23 years of coaching in San Diego. Coach Atwell is a two-time cancer survivor and has spent the last 10-plus years raising money for the American Cancer Society, the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Wounded Warriors Project.

To raise funds he has run 100 miles on a track six different times. He has also competed in numerous endurance events including six Ironman Triathlons, five different 100 mile trail running races, a 160-mile running race from Huntington Beach to Coronado Island, Death Ride Bicycle Race in Tahoe and this past spring he competed at the Grand Canyon, running from rim to rim to rim. He is currently working to qualify for the 135 mile Badwater Ultra Running Race in Death Valley.

Photos by Jon Clark.