AMA Mission

Angels – Murphys – Arnold Booster’s Club (AMA) was developed and will continue to operate as a volunteer organization aimed at promoting and encouraging equal access to athletics for youth in the Angels, Murphys and Arnold vicinities.  AMA athletic programs are designed to educate, encourage and enable youth of all backgrounds and abilities to develop athletic skills, sportsmanship, respect, and team camaraderie.  AMA further strives to maintain a safe and disciplined environment for the personal development of each athlete.  It is the goal of AMA to generate positive changes in the lives of youth and provide inspiration for both participants and volunteers as they work together toward these goals.

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About AMA 

 

AMA stands for Angels – Murphys – Arnold, and has been a strong force supporting kids sports programs since 1971.  Much of AMA’s success should be credited to the original founders.  Around the end of 1969, a few men, Larry Ziehlke, Millard Smallin and Dan Miller, were trying to put a football team together for the kids in the community.  In moving forward with their ideas, these men were joined by Ray Shires, Terry Erickson, Don Peirano and Bob Sanders to form the AMA Booster’s Club in 1971.  After a great deal of hard work and dedication, the first Pop Warner Football Teams were fielded.  These men inspired the local community to donate to their youth sport program.  For the community, it was a matter of pride to be able to contribute to AMA.  One contributor, Dave Copello, took interest in AMA and offered to help this organization.  Subsequently, Dave Copello donated six acres to build softball fields for the girls, since little league already had a place to play.  In order to begin development on Copello Park, many volunteers came forward to donate their time and equipment.  Mother Lode Engineering, Fletcher Construction, Sutton Construction, Hydrox Inc., George Reed Inc., Baileys Masonry, Wayne Segale General Contractor and Ray Shires Excavating were the pioneers of contributions that helped build Copello Park.  In 1974, Dave Copello passed away, but not before he saw most of Copello Park completed.  His legacy is still with us as he left AMA 5/7 of his estate.

 

Along with donations to the Club, AMA has maintained many types of fundraisers throughout the years.  In the mid-70’s, AMA began the tradition of parking cars at the Fair as well as other events such as the Mountain Aire Concerts, the Camel Races, the Harvest Festival, the Renaissance Fair and most recently the Ironstone Vineyard Concerts.  Currently, AMA carries on the tradition of parking cars at the Fair as well as the Bret Harte FFA Oysters ‘n Oinkers event.  Fair Parking and our Annual Crab Feed are the principal  fundraisers that benefit the maintenance and improvements for Copello Park, as well as purchasing insurance, sports equipment, uniforms and other necessary operational items.

 

As the Club evolved over the years, AMA has sponsored the annual Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament organized by Dave Cosgrave, the AMA Wrestling Tournament under the direction of Mike Burke, and the Girls Ponytail Softball League under the direction of Bill Fish, with significant help from Darlene Sanders and Sharon Canepa.

 

AMA benefits youth of ages between 6 to 15 years old.  These activities have included such sports as basketball, cheerleading, football, ponytail softball, snow sports, soccer, summer softball, swimming, volleyball and wrestling.  Over the years, AMA has supported many youth activities such as high school – middle school – grammar school sports programs, the Jr. Livestock Auction at the Fair, local Jr. Olympics, Special Olympics, Academic Decathlon’s, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, FFA, 4-H, Little League, MACTA Tennis and more.  AMA also has a Scholarship Program that benefits past AMA participants for college; (8) $500.00 scholarships yearly.

 

What is so remarkable about AMA is that it operates solely on volunteers.  Not only are there nine directors, (three from the Mark Twain School District - three from the Vallecito School District - three At-Large), there are also commissioners, coaches, spouses and other volunteers that make these programs possible.  Copello Park was built by and has been maintained by volunteers since 1971.

 

AMA’s mission is to involve youth in sports related recreational activities.  Through our sports programs, we have seen many lives change for the better.  Our youth learn respect, safety, sportsmanship, team play, fundamentals and skills needed to become successful athletes, future leaders within our community, and upstanding individuals.  With the help of donations, fundraising and volunteers, we can continue to support and improve our youth programs.

 

  • Current Directors

    • Shawna Davis - President 

    • Monica Parker - Vice-President / Director of Events

    • Darren Diebold - Treasurer / Director of Concessions

    • Nicole Bain - Secretary / Director of Football & Cheer

    • Jeremy Wood - Sergeant at Arms / Director of Parking

    • Jon Bernasconi - Historian / Director of Ponytail Softball

    • Ronnie Davis - Director of Copello Park

    • Nic Valente - Director of Wrestling

    • Chelsie McDaniel - Director of Basketball

    • Melissa Walraven - Executive Secretary

 

  • Current Commissioners

    • Becca Kane - Commissioner of Youth Basketball

    • Kim Paulden - Commissioner of Cheer

    • Paul Paulden - Commissioner of Football

    • Jessica Day - Commissioner of Wrestling

    • Nichole Willis - Commissioner of Ponytail Softball

    • Bob Barnett - Commissioner of Copello Park

 

  • Past Directors

Larry Ziehlke, Dan Miller, Millard Smallin, Terry Erickson, Ray Shires, Bob Sanders, Don Peirano, Bill Fish, Myron Jones, Don Fitzgerald, Paul Sherrow, Mike Bradford, John Franklin, Kay Wallace, Bob McReynolds, Mina Peirano, Nick Lucero, Jack Johnson, Bob Owen, John Rice, Doug Brown, Rick Soracco, Ward Redman, Pete Daniels, Mike Croshaw, Mike Ziehlke, Jon Kitchell, Jody Brunz – Exec. Sec., Gary McGeorge, Bob Monsen, Don Dorsey, Tom Tuthill, Fred Artiaga, Rick Darby, Ralph Emerson, Shawna Davis – Exec. Sec., Harry Williams, Tina Croshaw – Exec. Sec., Darla Rehling – Exec. Sec., Doug Dryer, Jim Sherrow, Clayton Carpenter, Mike Ziehlke (2x), Dave Barnes, Steve Ziehlke, Bryan Gross, Rob Dunn, Todd Sherrow, Bob Barnett

Contact Information:

AMA Booster’s Club, Inc., PO Box 664, Altaville, CA 95221

www.amayouthsports.com 

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DIRECTORS

 

Shawna Davis

 President

209.614.0627

president@amayouthsports.com

 

Monica Parker

Vice-President/Director Events

209.559.1185

events@amayouthsports.com

 

Darren Diebold

Treasurer/Director of Concessions

209.639.1889

concessions@amayouthsports.com

 

Nic Valente

Director of Wrestling/Commissioner of Wrestling

209.743.1216

wrestling@amayouthsports.com

 

Jeremy Wood

Sgt. at Arms/Director of Parking

209.662.3299

parking@amayouthsports.com

 

Ronnie Davis

Director of Copello Park

209.815.7980

copello@amayouthsports.com

Jon Bernasconi

Historian/Director of Ponytail Softball

209.559.4207

ponytailsoftball@amayouthsports.com

Nicole Bain

Secretary/Director of Football/Cheer/Commissioner of Concessions

209.684.1816

footballdirector@amayouthsports.com

Chelsie McDaniel

Director of Basketball

209.559.8559

basketball@amayouthsports.com

 

Melissa Walraven

Excecutive Secretary

209.304.2212

admin@amayouthsports.com

 

COMMISSIONERS

 

Becca Kane

Commissioner of Youth Basketball

209.401.9948

jbkane07@hotmail.com

Kim Paulden

Commissioner of Cheerleading

209.559.4721

cheer@amayouthsports.com

Paul Paulden

Commissioner of Football

209.380.5316

football@amayouthsports.com

Jessica Day

Commissioner of Wrestling

949.542.0347

jessicaday1024@gmail.com

 

Nichole Willis

Commissioner of Ponytail Softball

559.288.8003

nicholewillis2121@gmail.com

Bob Barnett

Commissioner of Copello Park

209.736.0334

WEBMASTER

 

Monica Parker

Webmaster

209.559.1185

webmaster@amayouthsports.com

 

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