Foster, who will attend UC Berkeley, moved to California from Las Vegas after his family lost its home in the business downturn after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Brennan, a daughter of 1964 swimming double-gold medalist Cathy Ferguson, fought Crohn's disease, cervical cancer and a brain tumor in the last two years and competed at the recent Olympic diving trials.
"The interesting story about our grant recipients is the quality of these people and their families," said Cathy Marino Bradford, the organization's president and a two-time Olympic kayaker. "Their stories really touch us and remind us of what we do as Olympians. It's about the struggle in life, not winning gold medals."
The group hopes to raise funds by launching a website and staging events that will involve some of the about 600 Olympians in the area.
The top-ranking beach volleyball duo of Misty May and Kerri Walsh returned to the FIVB World Tour this weekend in Gstaad, Switzerland, after missing last weekend's AVP event in San Diego because of May's abdominal strain.