Andrea Herbert sent along the following:
Orange County Mixed Martial Arts Fight Team
Helps Habitat for Humanity Build Homes for Disabled Veterans
September 10, 2008–San Juan Capistrano, CA–Mixed martial arts fight club, Team Oyama, based in Irvine, CA, joined with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to build affordable, new homes designed for the needs of disabled veterans and their families. Working with the “Homes for Heroes” project, Team Oyama will help the non-profit organization complete 27 homes in a beautiful San Juan Capistrano community.
“These guys put it all on the line for our freedom. They deserve these homes and we are thrilled to lend a few muscles to the effort,” says Elite XC fighter and Team Oyama member, Shane Del Rosario. “This is a small way we can say thank you to our servicemen and women.”
The community of San Juan Capistrano has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to build twenty-seven homes in their city. Fourteen of these affordable ownership homes are being marketed to disabled veterans and their families or surviving families of soldiers killed in action.
“Homes for Heroes” will be a unique neighborhood in San Juan Capistrano that Habitat hopes will soon be emulated across the United States. This small community within a community will bring together local families and veterans' families who all struggle to meet rising housing costs in Orange County.
“Being an active part of our community is important to us as a team, as competitors and we want to help those who have supported our sport through the years,” says Team Oyama coach, Colin Oyama.
About Team Oyama
Team Oyama is one of the premier fight teams in mixed martial arts. Team Oyama’s fighters are world-class kick boxers, wrestlers and grapplers and compete in the world’s top fight promotions. The team leader, Colin Oyama, brings more than 25 years of experience and specializes in technique, aggression and finishing fights. Team Oyama has trained former and current title holders in the UFC, PRIDE, WEC, King of the Cage and WBC. Now with a new, young stable of elite fighters, Team Oyama is poised to have future champions and major MMA and kickboxing superstars for years to come. Currently under the tutelage of Coach Oyama are UFC fighters Robert Emerson and Jared Rollins, both whom have appeared on Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter, Bao Quach, a leading contender for the EliteXC featherweight title and Shane Del Rosario, one of the most exciting heavyweight fighters in EliteXC. Coach Oyama teaches a physical style and emphasizes not only the importance of finishing fights, but also mental health, nutrition and conditioning. With the tremendous growth of mixed martial arts and the talented, dedicated fighters, Team Oyama leads the way as one of the great fighter powerhouses.