An all volunteer group of 45 community minded members, The El Capitan Stadium Association (ECSA), a 501 (c) 3 non profit, has been dedicated to providing support to the Youth of Lakeside, CA for over 54 years. Rodeo has a long history in Lakeside, starting in 1920... out of that history, the organization El Capitan Stadium Association as Lakeside Rodeo formed 54+ years ago to build a permanent facility to continuously provide funding for the Youth of Lakeside.
The El Capitan Stadium Association (ECSA or The Association) is the parent host of the "Premier Rodeo of Southern California", The Annual Lakeside Rodeo. The ECSA members also donate their efforts throughout the year as hands-on administrators of the fundraising icon, The Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.
Lakeside is a community of 22,064 residents located 22 miles east of San Diego. In April of each year, 300+ residents (students, teachers, community leaders, business owners, supporters) show up to volunteer at the Annual Lakeside Rodeo as this event is a major fundraiser for the ECSA. The proceeds from this annual event (and rental earnings of the Rodeo Facilities) are donated back into the Youth community. In our 54+ year history, it is estimated that we have provided in excess of $5.4 million to the local Youth of Lakeside.
In 2017, ECSA donated over $150,000 in funds to local youth, teachers, schools, and community Youth leaders. Annually, over $7,000 in scholarships are awarded by ECSA to Lakeside Youth, from Encouragement Awards at the Junior High level to compel recognized at risk students to complete high school to awards at the High School level to graduating seniors who are entering college or trade school. Lakeside Rodeo also provides the facility at no cost for Youth events such as 4H and FFA week long Junior Fair and the Annual FREE Breakfast with Santa provides a free celebration for the entire community. In 2017, the all-volunteer ECSA membership of 45 donated over 5,280 combined hours in service to ECSA to ensure that funds were earned to donate to the Youth and we self-maintain the 8 acre facility.
The Rodeo buildings and grounds are an important fundraiser venue for the Youth of Lakeside and are available for public rental 10 months of the year; from the air conditioned main hall equipped with a full kitchen to the professional arena that stands in the glow of a new State-of-the-Art Marquee. With plenty of parking available, the grounds and buildings provide a low cost venue for your events.
When Do We Meet?
The El Capitan Stadium Association membership and interested parties meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds main building located at 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA, at 7 PM. In those meetings, students, kids and coaches, teachers, school administrators, youth community leaders and youth clubs formally present their requests for funding for projects and/or services.
What is donated?
* An average of $10,000+ in monetary and resource donations every two weeks is donated by ECSA to fund Youth requests.
* The building and grounds are often used by Youth groups at no cost, or for a nominal fee, for banquets, testing, education programs, agriculture events, fundraising and community meetings.
For example: The facility is donated for 30 days in May of each year to the Youth group, Eastern San Diego Junior Fair, to facilitate the Annual Junior Fair in which 4H and FFA students showcase their agriculture and animal projects.
* Some of the requests funded are for band/sports/arts uniforms, band instruments, books, computers, adaptive aids, playground equipment, gardening projects, funding to a local health clinic for under served Youth, installation and maintenance of playing fields at elementary through high school locations, community field lights, swimming pool facility and sports equipment, the arts of theater, dance, and choir. Lakeside Rodeo also supports Special Needs programs in our community as well as an Exceptional Kids Rodeo held on the Sunday of our Annual rodeo event.
How do I join Lakeside Rodeo and ECSA?
By now you are probably wondering how much it cost to join... nothing!. It only requires you to show up on one of the scheduled meeting Wednesdays at 7 PM at the Rodeo main building, sign in as a guest and ask to join in. Then you get to help out when you are available during work parties, during events and of course, during Rodeo. After a set period of time and consistent meeting attendance, you earn the right to Vote!
We have to admit, just like any group we have differences of opinions, diversity in attitudes and each of us has different talents... but what we all have in common is the sincere belief that we are working hard for the youth of our community in Lakeside.
For more information about joining the Association or to Volunteer...
Just give us a call at 619-561-4331 and leave a message for Marcie, Association Ambassador and Volunteer Coordinator.