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This week at Royal Friends:


The Girls had a clinic this week and learned important skills that they will use throughout the season! Don’t worry if you missed the coaches will make sure she gets caught up next week!

The teams will be announced next week at the beginning of Royal Friends!

The game next week starts promptly at 9 a.m. so please be a few minutes early so the girls can warm up.

The uniform is black KYL shorts (they are available in the KYL office), running shoes  and white socks (we will give the girls the jerseys) if it’s chilly they can wear black tights under their shorts and a black long sleeve t-shirt under their jersey. Please make sure you have the right uniform!

Queen for a Day was: Abigail!

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Kare Youth League offers financial assistance for registration fees to families that qualify. If you are interested you can pick up an application form at any of our three offices in Arcadia, Covina, or Upland. Financial assistance will be awarded based on need. But every member will be required to pay something.

2014 KYL Track Meet


The Kare Track Meet will be held on Thursday, July 24 starting at 7:00 PM. The Meet will be held at Charter Oak High
School in the city of Covina located at 1430 Covina Blvd. Covina, CA. 

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Track Uniform
Children should wear their Kare Soccer jersey and shorts.

General Information
Children are split up into different divisions based on their speed and ability, and will compete with children of similar speed and ability. Each child will be allowed to enter a maximum of ten events. When a child places in two events, they are “retired” and
may not win more awards until everyone in the division has won at least one award. They can then compete again for one
more award. Children will be competing in a variety of events, including races (100m, 50m hurdles) as well as field events (softball throw, high jump). Upon arriving, children should assemble with their division (look for your coach) on the field. 

Admission Cost
Admission will be charged for all spectators ($5.00, maximum of $10.00 per family). There is no charge for parking.

Team Scoring
Track points are kept for each team. A child earns 5 points for his team for first place, 3 points for second and 2 points for third.
The competition will be between Arcadia, Covina and Upland areas with Upland’s score pro-rated (due to fewer members).

Food Available
Pizza, chips and drinks will be available at the track meet.

Driving Directions to Charter Oak High School
Charter Oak High School is located 1/2 mile from Russell Park in Covina. The parking lot is located off of Covina Blvd., 1/4 mile east of Glendora Ave. Cypress St. 

Track Meet Schedule of Events

Great Start, Pac-12, Royal Friends & Pac-5 – Running Events
C, B, A, AA, AAA & Karenas – Field Events

C, B, A, AA, AAA & Karenas – Running Events
Great Start, Pac-12, Royal Friends & Pac-5 – Field Events

Great Start and Royal Friend Divisions parent pickup at northwest gate

8:30-9:00 – Division relays
C Division
Karena ‘B’ Division
B Division
Karena ‘A’ Division
A Division
AA Division
Pac-5 B Division
AAA Division
Pac-5 A Division

Football/Volleyball Comeback Dates
Kare enters its ‘vacation period’ after the track meet. There are no activities from July 25-August 17 for all Arcadia and Covina teams. The following is a list of when each division will return for football/volleyball. Use the grade your child will be in for the upcoming school year.

Girls’ Divisions
Kindergarten and 1st grade – Saturday, Sep. 6 at 9:00 AM
2nd-6th grade – Monday, August 18 at 4:15 PM

Boys’ Divisions
1st Grade – Thursday, August 21 at 4:15 PM
2nd & 3rd Grade – Tuesday, August 19 at 4:15 PM
4th & 5th Grade – Wednesday, August 20 at 4:15 PM
6th & 7th Grade – Tuesday, August 19 at 7:00 for Draft Night (all teams in Arcadia).

Football Camp 2014

Kare Youth League and Rio Hondo Prep are hosting a non-pad youth football camp on June 27 & 28, 2014. The camp is open to boys enrolled in grades 3 thru 8 for the 2014-15 school year. Kare Youth League (founded in 1931) was one of the first organizations in the San Gabriel Valley to play tackle football and shares a campus with Rio Hondo Prep, which has won 14 CIF football championships – second only to Long Beach Poly in all of southern California. Below is basic camp info, and a camp flier with more details is attached. No pre-registration is required, but if you have any questions please send them to [email protected]


KYL Football Camp

Dates: June 27 & 28

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.(registration begins at 5:30 on Friday)

Location: Kare Youth League (5150 Farna Ave., Arcadia)

Cost: $40 (includes camp T-shirt, wristband, snack, and all you can drink Gatorade)


Thank You,

Mark Carson
Camp Director

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The Rest of the Story…Miss Neef

It was on the occasion of that celebration that Tom learned THE REST OF THE STORY. For shortly after the guest of honor had arrived, the guest of honor arrived. And the mystery of Miss Neef’s boundless energy was not a mystery anymore. For twelve years, Tom was certain his secretary was doing the work of two. Instead, two secretaries were doing the work of one, so efficiently for twelve years, that Tom never suspected. Two sisters, sharing the same job. Each worked half time and split the paycheck. They were identical twins.

The Rest of the Story…The Missing Bullet

The victim’s name was Bill. Bill was shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, in 1901. On exhibition at the exposition, apparently unknown to the doctors and not far from the scene of the shooting, was a new invention, a revolutionary device that could have helped saved Bill called the X-ray machine. That machine, so near and yet so far, was operable, and would most certainly have located the fatal bullet. Instead, Bill, President William McKinley, died with the assassin’s bullet inside. And now you know…the rest of the story.

Founding Member and President of Boys’ Christian League and Kare Youth League Passes Away at Age 95

Mr. Francis Ostergard Photo2


February 23, 1918 – September 27, 2013

Founding Member and President of Boys’ Christian League and Kare Youth League Passes Away at Age 95

Francis Ostergard was born in Independence, Oregon on February 23, 1918, and it wasn’t long before his family moved to East Pasadena in Southern California where his father literally built their house around the growing family.

As a youngster, Francis with his brother Philip joined Boy Scout Troop 21 whose scoutmaster was Orrick Hampton. Among the many activities they enjoyed, they especially liked camping at various locations in the Angeles National Forest.

In October 1931, Francis and Philip were among the small group of young men who, with Orrick Hampton, founded the Boys’ Christian League (BCL). The organization was later renamed Boys and Girls’ Christian League and today is known as Kare Youth League (KYL). They wrote the Promise and Laws for the new club, which emphasize bravery, purity and truth – traits that would help children become successful adults and parents. The Promise and Laws remain unchanged today and are recited by members at all three of Kare Youth League’s centers.

Later, the young men formed a Boys’ Bible Band, traveling and performing throughout the Southland. Many of the Bible Band members became the youth leaders of new BCL teams in Pasadena and Sierra Madre. Francis often said that the key to success from the beginning was allowing the boys to pursue the things they enjoyed most; sports soon became a core ingredient along with the character training they received from stories in the Bible. Francis remembered giving his first Bible lesson at age 16.

As Francis pursed his education at Pasadena Junior College, now PCC, the organization bought a printing press and rented a small shop on Rosemead Boulevard. This began Francis’ lifelong passion for printing and journalism. The imprinting and sale of Christmas cards became a major fundraiser for the organization for decades and Francis was the guiding force.

As time went by, he trained many young people in the printing trade. Francis continued to help edit and design publications including the yearly Kare Youth League birthday cards well into his nineties.

During World War II, Francis Ostergard was drafted and served at Fort Lewis in Washington where he received a medal for rewriting the armed forces training manuals. His journalistic abilities were utilized and recognized in the service of his country.

Following the war, he returned to the organization he loved as a leader of boys in BCL. In the 1950s, the club continued to grow and land was purchased for ball fields and clubrooms at 5150 Farna Avenue in Arcadia. Francis Ostergard’s dedication and hard work kept everything moving forward, and he virtually lived on the new land as buildings and fields were being erected. The property was developed into Kare’s largest center and he enjoyed opening the gates each morning for boys and girls until his 90th birthday.

In 1959, when founder Orrick W. Hampton was hospitalized, Francis was asked to take boys on a seven-week summer tour around the United States. Even though this was out of his comfort zone, he filled in remarkably. It was no different in 1982 when Orrick Hampton passed away and Francis Ostergard was elected President of the organization.

As he had done so many times before, Francis Ostergard met the challenge and provided vision to a young and growing team of youth leaders who started a second center in the East San Gabriel Valley and later a third in Upland. Financing the expansion was a challenge as membership grew to over 1,000.

For decades Francis and his brother Philip worked on fundraising. Francis was directly responsible for Kare Youth League’s annual Circus and Carnival, seeing it grow from its tiny beginnings on a vacant lot to the major event it is today at the Rose Bowl. Their vision and dreams were realized when the organization received a generous gift from one of the club’s earliest members, Truman Stivers who joined in 1933.

Francis gave the keynote address and cut the ribbon on February 4, 2012 opening the doors to the Truman B. Stivers Center, Kare’s state-of-the-art gymnasium in Arcadia.

“In 1931, we could never have imagined it,” he said in his remarks.

In his later years Francis Ostergard served as president, pastor, mentor and inspiration to aspiring youth leaders who followed in his path with the common aim of helping children lead victorious lives.

He and his brother Philip lived and exemplified the Kare Youth League Promise they helped to create in 1931, which begins, “I promise by the strength of Christ to be brave, pure and true.”

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 8th at 10:00 a.m. at Live Oak Memorial Park, 200 E. Duarte Rd., Monrovia.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Stivers Center at Kare Youth League, 5150 Farna Avenue, Arcadia.

Kare Youth League is currently developing a new sports complex for boys and girls in Irwindale where a ball field will be named in his memory. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in support of this project. Gifts in memory of Francis Ostergard can be mailed to Kare Youth League, P.O. Box 662080, Arcadia, CA 91066-2080. For more information please call 626-442-1160 ext. 145.