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Since it opened in 2007, San Juan Hills High School was missing at least one important component: a scoreboard at its baseball field. But with help from a local company, that's about to change.

The baseball program, run by coach Jeremey Wooten, has been raising money for a scoreboard since the beginning, hoping and dreaming big about the possibilities.

Recently, Wooten put a message out to the community, informing people that the program was about $25,000 shy of its goal.

What he got in return would blow him away.

A school parent put Wooten in touch with H. Michael Schwartz, chief executive of SmartStop Self Storage in Ladera Ranch, who then called Wooten into his office to talk about a donation.

When Wooten walked out an hour later, Schwartz had offered to donate the remaining $25,000.

Wooten was amazed by the generosity.

And since Schwartz is not a San Juan Hills parent, Wooten said it also avoids any political issues.

"We are honored to be able to contribute to this amazing school and athletics department," Schwartz said in a news release "Our goal is to help the local community build quality amenities for students, athletes and parents. A new scoreboard can make a huge difference in team spirit."

Wooten said he and his players are excited about the scoreboard and the pride that it will bring to the school and to the baseball program.

"Before, if a parent would show up to the game late, they'd have to ask someone what the score was," he said. "And nice facilities also mean that our players will be proud and continue to come in and work hard."

The design of the scoreboard continues to be finalized, Wooten said, but it will likely be installed in late May or early June, possibly just after the baseball season.


A $25,000 donation from SmartStop Self Storage in Ladera Ranch will allow San Juan Hills High School to install a baseball scoreboard.


March 28, 2014




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