The Warriors Community Foundation, in partnership with Good Tidings Foundation and SF Rec & Parks, unveiled the newly refurbished Nate Thurmond Panhandle Basketball Courts last month.
On Saturday, August 13, the Warriors Community Foundation partnered with Wender Weis Foundation for Children, Good Tidings Foundation and Spark SF Public Schools to unveil a refurbished basketball court at Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School in San Francisco’s Bayview District.
The new court beamed bright in Warriors blue and gold colors as over 50 children from various citywide organizations gathered for the ceremony. The community celebration featured remarks by Board of Education Vice President Shamann Walton, Wender Weis Foundation Founder Amy Wender-Hoch, Good Tidings Foundation Founder and Chairman Larry Harper and Warriors Community Ambassador Adonal Foyle. Following the program, Foyle joined students from Urban Ed Academy, Bayview Hunters Point YMCA and Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club of Hunters Point in a youth clinic led by Warriors Basketball Camp coaches. Families and the children were also able to enjoy treats from local ice cream truck, Little Giant, and collect back to school supplies through the Warriors Backpack Giveaway program.
The court refurbishing at Willie Brown Middle School is part of the Warriors Community Foundation's larger Makin' Hoops Program. Each court is resurfaced and receives new backboards, rims, nets, striping and signage. To date, the Warriors have refurbished more than 60 local courts in the San Francisco Bay Area.
On the morning of Saturday July 16, hundreds of San Franciscan youth aged 6 to 17 gathered at Kezar Pavilion to compete in Mayor Ed Lee's Inaugural 3-on-3 Youth Hoops Tournament . The tournament, organized by the Mayor’s office of Neighborhood Services and San Francisco Rec and Parks, featured a special appearance by Warriors hype man Franco Finn. This event was preceded by city-wide regional games on June 24 and 25 which brought about 800 youth, boys and girls, to the basketball courts.
Mayor Lee’s tournament encourages friendly competition and team building for youth from all 11 city districts, as well as a city department teams. In the city department division championship game, the San Francisco Fire department team narrowly defeated Rec and Parks.
We caught up with Derick Brown of the Mayor’s office of Neighborhood Services after the event. Derick said, “On behalf of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS) and all of the many communities that are greatly impacted by your kind support, I personally thank the Golden State Warriors for the generous contribution of 500 t-shirts. Your donation helps to ensure that MONS is able to continue to strengthen the relationships between the community, local organizations, government agencies, and businesses. Without organizations like you, we would be unable to extend our reach into the neighborhoods and reinforce the bonds between all San Franciscans. We appreciate your support in promoting our rich cultures and diversity throughout the year!”
On Wednesday August 3, 2016, the Warriors held a Read to Achieve event at the Mission Bay branch of the San Francisco Public Library. 50 youth gathered around the Warriors alumni player and team Community Ambassador Adonal Foyle to read aloud from his children’s book “Too-Tall Foyle Finds His Game” and “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.
Entering its 18th season, The Warriors Read to Achieve Reading Program is a year-round child literacy program designed to help young people develop a life-long love for reading through read rallies and other exciting literacy activities. This is conducted in partnership with elementary schools, public library systems and local youth agencies.
The youth in attendance were excited to actively participate in reading with Foyle and answer questions about the stories for prizes. Each child was given a Warriors Read to Achieve t-shirt along with new books provided by Ross Stores. Foyle also led the children through the Warriors Read to Achieve Pledge, motivating them to read every day.
Thanks to our friends from Mission Housing, Mercy Housing, Family House, Charles Drew CDC, and Potrero Hill Neighborhood House for attending!
On Wednesday July 20, 2016, the Warriors front office gathered at the Portero Hill Recreation Center as part of the Helping Hands Program. Helping Hands, an employee volunteer program established in 2011, incentivizes team employees to become active in the community by volunteering their time and resources through hands-on service outreach projects.
Warriors staff divided into teams to clear ivy and clean the playground to ensure a safe place for Potrero Hill youth and families to play. In addition to beautifying the park, the Warriors also assembled 120 gift baskets with over $5,000 in school supplies to distribute to teachers throughout San Francisco Unified School District. The team exemplified the importance of coming out of the office to make a difference in the community.
Among those in attendance was Warriors President and COO, Rick Welts. Welts claimed, ““Shame on us if we don’t take the opportunity to invest back into the community that supports us… we’re lucky to have amazing partners, like San Francisco Recreation and Parks, to help us make an impact in the community.”