La Luz Center Presents "La Copa César Chavez"

IMG_0730 La Luz Center’s Vineyard Worker Services (VWS) program is proud to present the first ever Copa César Chavez, or the César Chavez Cup.  Four soccer teams composed of workers from St. Francis Vineyards, Carneros Vineyards, Enterprise Vineyards, and Enrique Vineyard Management will compete in the tournament beginning Sunday, March 6, and ending Sunday, March 27.  All players are young vineyard workers, ages 25 to 30, who have never before played for an official team or competed for a trophy.

The tournament is part of La Luz’s new initiative to promote healthy living through diet, exercise, and a focus on our daily habits.  Other components of this initiative include the ten-week cooking/nutrition program Tu Corazón, Tu Vida (Your Heart, Your Life), a forum with the Sonoma Valley Health Roundtable on children’s nutrition, and an eight-week child abuse prevention course.

The tournament will culminate in a reception at La Luz Center on March 27 from 6:00-8:30pm.  The event honors the participants of this initiative, the workers in our Valley that help bring the best wines to our tables, and César Chavez himself (a champion of the rights and dignity of field workers).  Dinner will be provided by students from Tu Corazón, Tu Vida.  Also at the reception will be an awards ceremony for the winning soccer team, recognition of the winners of the 2011 Sonoma Valley Pruning Competition, and acknowledgement of the twenty recent graduates from Tu Corazón, Tu Vida.

“Through this event, La Luz wants to acknowledge both the contributions the vineyard workers make to the Sonoma Valley and the importance of maintaining good health,” says Mario Castillo, Outreach and VWS Coordinator for La Luz Center.  “Healthy workers make healthy wines.”

La Luz Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting our Sonoma Valley neighbors, who contribute to the economic, cultural and social well-being of our community. La Luz provides English language training, teaches computer skills, distributes food, hosts medical services, offers crisis counseling, and supports events that celebrate the richness of our multicultural community.

For more information on this event, or to find out more about VWS, contact Mario Castillo at (707) 938-5131 x.102.


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