92131’s Old Pros Give Back to the Community

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Try telling that to the Scripps Ranch Old Pros. These 350 men volunteer as coaches, managers, and board members for Scripps Ranch Little League, softball, youth soccer, and more. Well known for their athletic charity, they also excel in organizing sports leagues and a famed marathon.

Most of 92131 may have heard of the 4th of July Run & Ride, a 10K run and bike marathon, which the Old Pros took over in 1981. “Every year, we try to provide a great experience for our guests, and last year we had a record crowd of over 4,000 participants,” said Mike Andrade, Chair of the 4th of July Run & Ride. “We’ve been fortunate to grow the event every year and still provide a great 4th of July experience for our guests.” A majority of their funding from the 4th of July Run & Ride is turned right around and given back to the community as scholarships, sponsorships, and contributions to field maintenance. “In fact, in 2014 over twenty high school seniors received funding to help pay college expenses!” said Mike. He added, “The City of San Diego budget crisis has reduced funding for city fields so we help bridge funding gaps.”

For adults itching for some sports, the Old Pros also offer year-round softball and soccer leagues on weekday evenings and Sunday mornings. Mike shared that Old Pro membership is not a requirement to play either. To stay up-to-date on Old Pro happenings and events visit www.srop.org.