Check out the Mission Viejo Sports Memorabilia Exhibit at our library
A new exhibit at the Mission Viejo Library features the fascinating history and memorabilia of Mission Viejo sporting events. It was created by longtime resident Art Villalovos, who co-chairs the Heritage Committee and used to work for the Mission Viejo Company.
Sports are an important pastime for this community, and our City is recognized for world-class sports facilities, fields and picturesque Lake Mission Viejo. Hosting big sporting events was a successful marketing tool used by the Mission Viejo Company to attract future homebuyers to a growing community in the late 60s through the 80s.
Some of the events featured in the exhibit include:
- The birth of the Nadadores
- Miller High Life Cycling Race
- Los Angeles Invitational Swim Meet of Champions @ Mission Viejo
- CBS “Challenge of the Sexes”
- Virginia Slims Tennis Tournaments
- Seventeen Magazine Tennis Tournament of Champions
- American Cup Diving Championships
- Outdoor Diving Championships
- Seals and Crofts Amateur Golf Tournament
- U.S. Invitational Disco Championships at Mission Viejo Skateway
- Junior & Senior World Championships at Lake Mission Viejo
- Mission Viejo Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp
- Can-Am-Mex Diving Championships
- Southwest Pacific Speed Skating Championships at Mission Viejo Skateway
- Mission Viejo’ Turning Seven-up 5K/10K Run
Stop by and see the exhibit on display through August 10 in the first two cases by the library’s check-out counter at 100 Civic Center.