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.
Also entered in Gstaad are Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, and Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan. May and Walsh are virtually a lock for an Athens berth; McPeak and Youngs lead Davis and Johnson by only a few points for the other spot.
Pedro Cunha, three days short of 21, teamed with fellow Brazilian Para Ferreira to win the men's FIVB title last weekend at Carolina, Puerto Rico. Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger of the U.S. finished fourth.
The Long Beach Sports Council will put on a gala July 5 at the Long Beach Convention Center to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1984 Los Angeles Games and to honor the Athens swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo teams.
Individual tickets are $198.40 and tables cost $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000. Net proceeds will be used by the Sports Council to finance aquatic sports for local children.
Details: (213) 365-7965 or www.longbeach2004.com.
Only 56 days until the Athens Summer Games.