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Building a Community through People, Parks, and Recreation

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Senior Holiday Gift Bag Program 2020

Folsom Athletics, Folsom Arts, and friends – with your donations and support, this is what the holidays are all about. This year, 650+ holiday senior gift bags were delivered to Folsom residents around the community. I can only image what next year will bring.

Folsom Telegraph – Gold Country Media – Holiday gift bags bring smiles to Folsom seniors – December 24, 2020

THANK YOU Karen Oosterman and Powerhouse Ministries

Flsom Athletic Association - Senior Holidy Gift Bag Program 2020

Michael Raffetto, Will Kempton, Lynn LePage

The Folsom Athletic Association (FAA) began in 1979 with a small group of prominent, community-driven friends who realized the economic and social values of creating a parks and recreation system and what the value would bring Folsom, CA.

Folsom Athletic Association is a non-profit service organization working to assist in the administration of community youth sports, creating recreation and athletic opportunities through teamwork, fundraising, programs, events, and scholarships.

The partnership with the City of Folsom and Folsom Cordova Unified School District allows the FAA to advocate for the youth groups to create opportunities to acquire land, develop and share facilities and costs, enhance the value of facilities of adjacent schools and parks, and design amenities that overlap schools and parks. Today, the partnership involves 16 parks and 15 schools with 360 multi-use facilities and amenities.

Folsom’s first rate parks and recreation system offers youth sports athletic opportunities through programs and events. A Never in Our Town” Youth Assistance Program assures all youths have the opportunity to participate in recreational services, scholarships are available for youth sports and high school graduating seniors, and fundraising supports the clubs in a number of ways opening doors for many.

Folsom Youth Sports

Folsom Athletics

Who We Are

Assisting in the administration of community youth sports and recreation programs. Working to add economic value and community benefit by developing a first rate parks and recreation system and athletic opportunities.

Youth Sports - - Folsom Athletic Association

Youth Sports

Benefits of our Members

Best practices for health, safety, and positive coaching. It takes the partnership between all entities to support the interests of recreation opportunities within the Folsom community.

Community Youth Sports Leagues - Folsom Athletic Association, CA

Youth Sports Leagues

18 Leagues, 2 Booster Clubs

Community Youth Sports Leagues are adopted by the FAA Board. Be part of an association looking for common solutions to common and not so common problems and challenges.

Programs - Folsom Athletic Association


FAA programs ensure all partners and individuals reach their full potential regardless of their organizational size, social or economic status, or age.

Events - Folsom Athletic Association


FAA assists with annual events that help make Folsom a special and unique place to live, work and play.

Upcoming Event

Senior Holiday Gift Bags
Organized by Karen Oosterman and Powerhouse Ministries


Scholarships - Folsom Athletic Association


Through donations from the community and sponsors, scholarships are available for all youth sports and Folsom and Vista del Lago High School graduating seniors.

Coaches Corner - Folsom Athletic Association

Coaches Corner

Concussion Protocol
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention
Coaching Certifications
Online Training & Resources


California Dept of Public Health
Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports – December 14, 2020
Conditioning, skills, and drills can continue based on current guidelines. Games can’t start until counties are in the specific colored tiers.

Kaiser Permanente
COVID-19 Return to Sports Playbook – Revised October 2020

The Aspen Institute
State of Play 2020

The Aspen Institute
Call for Leadership – A Platform for Action

ERNIE SHELDON (1934-2020)

It is with a heavy heart to announce that longtime Folsom resident, City of Folsom Councilmember and Vice Mayor and Folsom Athletic Association Executive Director Ernie Sheldon passed away November 13.

It all begin in 1985, when Ernie moved to Folsom and asked, "Can I help?"

Ernie played a major role with the FAA to preserve the land, advocate for the development of parks, trails, and facilities, and create recreation programs for Folsom residents, young and old, and their families. He raised over one million dollars for the FAA to collaborate with the city, school district, local businesses, and government services to build these opportunities. Folsom is the number #1 city to live, work, and play because of his dedication and hard work.

Prior to Ernie's involvement with the city, he served 33 years with the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a decorated lieutenant colonel. Ernie was the Grand Marshal of this year's Folsom's Veterans Day parade. A tribute to Ernie and the veterans is available on the City of Folsom, Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

Ernie built a legacy in Folsom with every person he met and every project he was involved with. The Folsom Athletic Association is honored to have renamed his FAA Project Vision Fund to the FAA Ernie Sheldon Legacy Fund for his devotion to the city, its parks and trails, recreation programs, and athletic and youth sports. You will see and feel Ernie's presence today, and in years to come.

Rest in Peace Ernie ... your legacy will live forever in our hearts and lives.

Family and friends are working on funeral arrangements. Check back for information.

City of Folsom, Folsom Athletic Association