Our Story

How it all began...

Saint Sebastian Project was started in Los Angeles in 2008. The inspiration actually came while the founders, Jim and Clare Gurbach, were watching local schools play sports against other Catholic schools in the archdiocese that did not have the same resources. It was so disheartening to see kids like ours in street clothes and deprived of simple equipment (like balls for basketball). “It broke my heart” said Clare. Then as they were leaving the Gymnasium, Jim turned to Clare and said, “Let’s do something about this”.

So together with the support of family and friends they formed the Saint Sebastian Project. The name came from the inscription above the very doors they walked out of that day.

Beginning with a handful of schools in 2009, this project, since the initial fundraiser, is now in 20 L.A. schools and has benefited many students in various sports. The goal is simple. To raise funds annually to support sports programs within Catholic Schools that need financial assistance. Children, that wouldn't normally have an opportunity to partake in a sports program, will be given a chance to play on a school team and hopefully learn so much more about life by being part of a team!

In 2011 Saint Sebastian Project Denver was formally given 501(c)(3) status. We have started the same effort here in the Denver metro area. Our first year we provided assistance to five schools. We are currently working with 16 Denver metro Catholic schools. Please see the schools we help to learn more about the schools we are working with.

We look forward to helping out these wonderful kids.

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