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6 01, 2016

What If? RAGE U13

For my community service project, I decided to raise money for St. Jude’s. I first set up an account on St. Jude’s website, so I could ask for donations online. I then talked to Soccer Pro to see if they would donate a jersey for me to use in a raffle and they did. I called my event “What If” $5 could help save the life of a child. I thought people could donate $5 and enter themselves into the raffle to win a US soccer jersey. I also went out at night with my brother to sell chocolate pretzels for $5. We made over $300 by knocking on neighbors doors. I also sent an email to Pleasanton Weekly to see if they could post an article in the paper, which they did. My thought about this whole thing was that it was a great opportunity to help other kids that are in need. It felt good to know that I could make a difference in helping people. So far, I have raised $1100 for St. Jude’s. I have $1040 online and have mailed in $60 worth of checks.
I would like to continue collecting money and so have decided to commit to raising $2000 for St. Jude’s by the end of the school http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/2015/12/21/pleasanton-girl-starts-what-if-fundraising-campaign


6 01, 2016

RAGE U12 Orange

Hi, my name is Tiana Cello and I play for the U-12 Orange RAGE team. For my leadership project I have decided to raise money for my local animal shelter. Instantly, that was my choice because I have a huge love for all types of animals but during the planning of my project I was told of some terrible news. My family member found out she has a rare type of cancer. So, I had decided to split the money between my family member and the animal shelter. I raised the money by bagging up dog treats into bags tied with pink ribbon. Then my parents took me to the dog park, sporting events such as the NorCal State Cup and a local fair to fundraise. Some of my family members donated money too.

My goal was to sell more than 200 bags by the end of the year. Success!! I then took the money I raised to the Manteca Animal Shelter, giving a $100 donation to the manager, and the rest was deposited to my family member’s account @ https://www.gofundme.com/da78876k. Together fundraising over two hundred dollars and reaching my goal! This program/project has motivated me to get out and help. It made me feel so happy after turning in the donations to both my family member and the shelter. I was inspired by all of the RAGE Leadership projects. Now I hope mine will inspire you!


6 01, 2016

Alzheimers Patients

This Rage Leadership project was organized by Kenna Asmussen and Lauren Reeves. For our project, we decided to raise money and awareness for Alzheimers patients. We chose to focus our leadership project on Alzheimers because both of us have had family members or friends who have suffered from Alzheimers. We used the money we raised to make blankets to give to patients of the Sunol Creek Memory Care facility in Pleasanton. First, we called the facility to see how many residents they currently have. The facility currently has over 40 residents, so we decided to make a blanket for each resident, to make sure everyone felt cared for and included. Knowing we had to make a lot of blankets, we turned our effort into a team bonding event and invited teammates to help make blankets. Making the blankets with our team was great because we had time with friends and their efforts helped give to a good cause. Delivering the blankets was such a rewarding experience because all the patients faces lit up when we gave them the blankets. Handing the blankets individually to each patient made the experience even more meaningful. We hope these blankets will help the people feel loved and cared for. Making the blankets was very fun and knowing that we were making them for a good cause made the whole experience even better.

28 12, 2015

Ashleigh Garcia – RAGE Player Combats Hunger in Tracy

Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 8:44 am

Ashleigh Garcia

Ashleigh Garcia

While some Tracy families exchange presents on Christmas Eve, Ashleigh Garcia’s family will be handing out 200 free meals at Dr. Powers Park.

Ashleigh, 11, is a striker for an under-12 team in the Pleasanton Rage Girls Soccer Club. Over the summer, she was selected to join the Rage Leadership Academy, a group of 20 girls from among the 2,000 club members.

As part of the leadership program, Ashleigh has to plan and complete a community service project.

“I wanted to do a project that would have a big impact on the community, a big impact on the people it helped and a big impact on me,” Ashleigh said.

She decided to raise money to pay for meals for people who might be hungry. She picked Texas Roadhouse to provide the food because her team has had fundraisers with the restaurant before.

“The project had to be done by the end of the year, so why not make it a Christmas meal?” she said. “There are some people that don’t have that Christmas Eve feel. I wanted to give them something special on Christmas Eve.”

Ashleigh’s goal was $750, enough to buy 100 meals.

She started by asking for donations or pledges for every goal she scored in the four games she was scheduled to play between Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. Of those four games, weather and her commitment to a regional team forced her to miss two, and she scored one goal between the two remaining games.

Ashleigh added the $50 she won for her second-place essay in a contest sponsored by the Tracy Press in May, which pushed the total to $1,635. That turned out to be enough to buy 200 Christmas Eve meals.

“I didn’t know I was going to do something as big as this,” Ashleigh said. “I wanted to show people I care about their situation.”

She and her father visited Tracy Interfaith Ministries, the Larch Clover Community Center, the McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter, Emerson House and Lolly Hanson Senior Center and gave meal tickets to the administrators, who promised to hand them out to people in need of a free meal.

The meals — a choice of chicken or pork served with beans, coleslaw and bread — will be served to people holding those tickets from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Dr. Powers Park.

Ashleigh’s father, Gilbert Garcia, was proud to see his daughter take on and accomplish such an ambitious project.

“How are we going to make this happen,” he said. “She has always been competitive. It’s always better to strive for more.”

Ashleigh’s family will join her in serving the holiday meals. Her brother has also recruited help from his fellow students in the International Baccalaureate academy at Tracy High.

Ashleigh said the project had taught her skills she hoped would help her become a team captain one day and eventually play for the United States national soccer team

“I learned to be self-confident and help my team be confident in themselves,” Ashleigh said.

7 12, 2015

U11 Grey State Champs

Rage U11 Grey champions of state cup this morning! 3-0 win against santa rosa lightening.


RAGE U11 Grey

Pleasanton RAGE U11 Grey

27 11, 2015

OutRageOus Wins California Cup

The U14 Flight OutRageOus girls wrapped up their 2015 Pleasanton Rage season winning the California Cup in Fremont.  The girls showed great character and resilience during the tournament, and they staged a dramatic come-from-behind victory in the final minutes of the championship match.
OutRageOus never gave up as they battled against Rage Revolution, another Pleasanton team.  The final goal was scored by Constanze Huebner with 4 minutes remaining in the game – a long shot that found the upper corner of the goal, despite outstanding goal-keeping.  Earlier in the second half, Jordyn Self tapped a beautiful cross from Abbey Baer into the net to tie the score.  The match ended with a 2-1 victory for OutRageOus.  The entire OutRageOus team contributed to the win with tremendous defensive and goal-keeping efforts as well.
Celebrating their California Cup title are U14 Flight OutRageOus team members:
Back Row:  Emily Cassetti, Isabella Wilbur, Ananya Kuttikkad, Olivia Murphy, Dan Dilger (Coach), Peyton Williams, Constanze Huebner, Abbey Baer, Kyra Thordsen, Jack Gerard (Coach), Amanda Dilger, Diana Zachlod, Noe Jue.  Front Row:  Jordyn Self, Kayleigh Dennen, Juliana Gerard, and Peyton Pozzi.
16 11, 2015

U9 Rage Orange Wins State Cup Championship

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Pleasanton Rage u9 Orange girls soccer team hoisted the State Cup championship trophy this weekend.  The Orange finished #1 atop a field of 72 teams.  The girls, led by coach Axel Thibodeau, beat Davis Legacy Red in the Semifinal by a score of 3-0 earning a chance to meet their nemesis, Mustang Xplosion, in the Final.  The girls executed beautifully finding the net in the first ten minutes on a beautiful cross and then again midway through the second half on a rocket from outside the penalty box.  The defense held staunch and the Orange prevailed 2–0.
This was quite a year for coach Thibodeau’s side – having won Rage Showcase, the BooFest, and now State Cup.  A fantastic group of girls, includes Abby Mai, Aishwarya Anburaja, Alden Hofstede, Aleka Mandava, Ava Haviley, Eva Torrico, Gianna Guerrero, Gianna Owens, Presley Cash, Reese Gotchall, and Riley Horn.  Congratulations girls!
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16 11, 2015

2015 Flight Jamboree Champions


The annual season ending Jamboree Tournament for the Flight Program teams was a fun way to wrap up the season.

Congratulations to the Flight Jamboree Champions for 2015.

U10 – Cheetahs

U12 – No Fear

U14 – Revolution


27 10, 2015

U9 Orange Wins at the Boo Fest


Pleasanton Rage U9 Orange won the Gold division in the prestigious Boo Fest in Sacramento, the largest Halloween tournament in Northern California.  Following a very strong performance in the opening round, Rage led by head coach Axel Thibodeau, drew Modesto Ajax in the tournament final. The team passed the ball incredibly well and quickly found Gianna Owens up top for a quick 1-0 lead. Rage continued to dominate possession and eventually Gianna Guerrero found net again early in the second half, putting Rage up 2-0. They would go on to win the game 2-1 on strong goalkeeping from Reese Gotchall and Eva Torrico; relentless defending and midfield play from Presley Cash, Ava Haviley, Abby Mai, and Alden Hofstede; and further offensive firepower from Riley Horn, Aleka Mandava and Aishwarya Anburaja.  This is Rage’s second high profile tournament win and readies the Orange for the upcoming Norcal State Cup.

7 10, 2015

U14 RAGE Revolution

RAGE Revolution, a U-14 Flight team, had an excellent tournament in Walnut Creek recently.  Taking first place in the tournament! These girls not only played their hearts out on the field, but had great sportsmanship with each team they played.