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Amigos805ubgc(photo caption) From left, Ben Howland, former UCLA Basketball coach; Diana Starr Langley, United Boys & Girls Clubs Board Chair; and Sal Rodriguez, longtime UBGC supporter, former Executive Director and current Events Director/Transportation & Fleet Manager enjoy the summer sun at Rodriguez’s 70th birthday bash.

Former UCLA Basketball coach Ben Howland hosted his longtime friend and mentor Sal Rodriguez’s 70th birthday at Tucker’s Grove Park. Howland met Rodriguez over four decades ago when he joined the United Boys and Girls Clubs Goleta Clubhouse as a sixth-grader and continues to be in contact with his mentor.

Rodriguez proved to be very instrumental during Howland’s formative years. “What I give back will never come close to what I received from United Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Howland. Howland attended Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, CA before moving to Cerritos, CA.

“My gift will be my legacy to a great organization that continues to shape lives every generation,” said Rodriguez, who now, semi-retired, holds the title Events Director/Transportation & Fleet Manager of the United Girls and Boys Clubs of Santa Barbara County.
The United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

Today the Clubs help over 7,000 youth throughout Santa Barbara County. Youth can come to the Clubs to be with friends, participate in sports and engage in educational activities. Children may also be referred to the Clubs by schools, counselors or other agencies as a means to gain a positive experience socially, educationally, physically and emotionally under guidance of caring adults. For more information please call 805-681-1315 or visit

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