As volunteer medical director for the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL), neurosurgeon Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves a community organization focused on giving children from the ages of 5 to 13 the extra support they need to thrive in an inner-city neighborhood. The league, a project of Long Beach, California-born rap star Snoop Dogg, is now more than a decade old. Thanks to Ali Mesiwala, MD, and other volunteers, the organization helps at-risk young people develop vital character traits such as teamwork, resilience, and self-determination, while having fun and staying fit.
The several Los Angeles-area SYFL teams include those in Pomona, Compton, Crenshaw, and Long Beach. Other teams in the state play in Northern California communities like Stockton and Richmond.
The league hosts regular-season play throughout the state, with affordable seating for fans at only a few dollars per guest. At the close of 2015, announcements went out for a new national championship program.
Recent events sponsored by the league or its teams include free spring and summer camp sessions, as well as camps for learning cheerleading. Family fun days often tie in with camp, as in a summer 2016 event for the Pomona-based Diamond Valley Steelers.
Board-certified neurosurgeon and researcher Ali Mesiwala, MD, works as medical director at Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine, serving Los Angeles and surrounding counties. He is also a dedicated philanthropist, donating his time as medical director for the Snoop Youth Football League. In addition, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a founding member of the Claremont Museum of Art, which showcases his community’s artistic achievements.
The Claremont Museum, incorporated in 2004, works to share the more than 70 years of the Los Angeles area’s cultural heritage with the public. Originally housed in the Packing House building in the east Los Angeles County city of Claremont, in 2010 the Claremont Museum became a museum without walls, sponsoring well-received exhibitions in borrowed spaces. Toward the close of 2015, it acquired a lease to use the historic Claremont Depot as a small permanent museum. The Spanish Colonial Revival-style building dates back to 1927.
The Claremont Museum’s hundreds of supporters and volunteers host a variety of programs annually. The city has been home to a vibrant arts community that gained particular renown in the decades from the 1940s through the 1960s. Thanks in part to the nearby Pomona College and other liberal arts schools that make up the Claremont Colleges, the museum continues to enjoy widespread public support.
Notable recent exhibitions include “Millard Sheets: Hills and Horses,” which celebrates the work of the Pomona-born watercolor painter and art teacher who died in 1989.