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Sharks Fans Rally For Cowell's Beach

by Alison High / San Jose Sharks
On Thursday, June 17, forty-six Sharks fans joined volunteers from the Sharks organization to clean Cowell’s Beach in Santa Cruz. Working alongside Save Our Shores, a non-profit marine conservation organization, the volunteers were able to collect 120 pounds of trash and 20 pounds of recyclable materials.

Click here to see photos from the event.

After adopting Cowell’s Beach in 2009, the Sharks Foundation had their first cleaning excursion in August of last year. However, in an effort to get more fans involved in their “Go Green” initiative, the Sharks Fan Development staff decided to open the registration for their second beach cleanup. Sharks fans rallied and 100 volunteers signed up in less than 24 hours.

“We’re incredibly impressed by the support of our Sharks fans,” said Sharks Fan Development Manager Jeff Cafuir after the cleanup. “They rallied for a great cause today and made a significant impact on Cowell’s Beach.”

Fans that attended the cleanup were also entered into a raffle for Sharks memorabilia. Up for grabs were a Patrick Marleau signed and framed Olympic photo, a Devin Setoguchi signed mini-stick, hockey gloves signed by Ryane Clowe, a Dany Heatley used stick and a Sharks Street Banner.

In an effort to cut down on waste, no raffle tickets were handed out. Instead, the Sharks Fan Development staff will randomly choose winners from the list of fans in attendance. Winners will be notified during the week of June 21.

The Sharks are planning another beach clean up at Cowell’s Beach prior to the end of the summer.

Want to get involved? Save Our Shores will be hosting the July 5th Star Spangled Banner Cleanup on Monday, July 5 from 7:00 – 10:00 AM at Panther Beach, Davenport Main Beach, Seabright Beach, Twin Lakes Beach and Rio Del Mar Beach. There will be a check-in table at each of these locations where volunteers can drop-in and gather cleanup supplies. For questions please contact Emily at

Fourty-five minutes from HP Pavilion, Cowell’s Beach lies just a few yards from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Walk along the sand and you’ll see handfuls of beginner surfers testing their skills among the wake, encounter Junior Lifeguards running around in bright red bathing suits and hear the echoing sounds of seas lions barking near the pier.

It’s a beautiful place. And the San Jose Sharks want it to stay that way.

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