This past week Warriors All-Star Guard Klay Thompson joined youth from San Francisco’s Chinese Community Development Center (CCDC) to tip-off Chinese New Year!
Thompson was joined by Warriors President/COO Rick Welts, KTVU news anchor Claudine Wong, and executive director of CCDC Rev. Norman Fong—who spent the evening touring San Francisco’s oldest alley, Ross Alley. The festivities began with a Q&A session inside Ross Alley Gallery where a student from the “Adopt an Alley Way” watched and cheered on in excitement as Thompson spoke about his experiences in China and showed off the Warriors Chinese New Jerseys. Every year students from Balboa participate in programs that promote the cleaning and up-keep of the alleyways deep in Chinatown.
The next stop on the tour was Mr. Jun Yu’s barbershop where Thompson listened to Yu’s traditional Chinese musical played on the Erhu. Although Mr. Yu’s face was filled with excitement when he shook Thompson’s hand, he is no stranger to the celebrity spotlight—Mr. Yu was featured on various news stations and even a cameo in the movie, Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith.
After promising not to burn his fingers, Thompson visited the renowned Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory where he took part in an age-old tradition of making fortune cookies. This unique San Francisco attraction is a must when visiting Chinatown. Onlookers were offered fresh samples of fortune cookies as Thompson made the task of folding the cookies look as easy as a 3-point shot.
The last stop on the tour Thompson was able to watch a traditional Chinese lion dance performance by a local youth group. The performance featured unique acrobatic dance moves to the rigorous beat of the Chinese drummers that are known for their enthusiasm and rich expressions. The tour came full circle and ended back at Ross Alley Galley where the youth took photos and celebrated to bring in the year of the Monkey.
A recent SF Gate article outlined the Warriors latest transportation plan for the proposed arena site in Mission Bay.
The changes proposed “elevate the quality of the service above and beyond what is needed to accommodate the arena."
Another step in the right direction!
13 of the biggest biotech firms in San Francisco went on record yesterday to support the Warriors move to Mission Bay.
“The neighborhood supports the arena. UCSF supports the arena. And now it’s clear that a united biotech community supports the arena.”
Read more here!
The Golden State Warriors were presented with the Key to the City during a special ceremony at San Francisco City Hall yesterday. Rick Welts, team Chief Operating Officer, and players Klay Thompson and Draymond Green accepted the prestigious honor presented by Mayor Ed Lee.
Thanks to all of our supporters and volunteers that attended yesterday's celebration.
Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle
The Golden State Warriors have officially acquired the 12-acre site of the future sports and entertainment complex in Mission Bay!
“We’ve been the Bay Area’s team for more than 50 years, and this plan keeps us in the Bay Area for the next 50 and beyond,” said Rick Welts, President and COO of the Warriors. “If there were any lingering doubts about our commitment to Mission Bay, purchasing this land should put them to rest. We love this neighborhood – nobody else is getting this land.”
More information can be found here!.
Yesterday, Warriors Ground SF was out in full force for the annual Mission Bay Block Party. Event attendees enjoyed a fun-filed day in sunny Mission Bay complete with a farmer’s market, DJ, chalk art contest, and of course the Larry O’Brien Championship trophy.
The Mission Bay Block party began nine years ago as a way to bring the UCSF community together for an afternoon of entertainment and delicious food. This year’s event was no exception. Block Party organizers were hard at work grilling up veggie burgers and other healthy snacks for attendees, and many made their way over to our tent to learn about the proposed Sport and Entertainment center in Mission Bay. We were thrilled to meet so many supporters, hand out buttons and stickers, and raffle off Warriors autographed bobbleheads!
The event came just one day after UCSF and the Warriors organization reached an agreement regarding managing traffic in the neighborhood. UCSF Chancellor, Sam Hawgood, stated that the deal “will provide the safeguards UCSF needs to fully endorse the Warriors’ arena project.”
We’re excited for the Warriors to move to Mission Bay and participate in future Block Party events for years to come. San Francisco is Warriors Ground!
-photo courtesy of UniversityofCalifornia.edu
“Together, these agreements — one creating a dedicated transportation improvement fund, the other a ‘special circumstances cap’ requiring last-resort limitations on certain dual events should traffic reach unmanageable levels — will provide the safeguards UCSF needs to fully endorse the Warriors’ arena project.”
-UCSF Chancellor, Sam Hawgood
The San Francisco Chronicle covers the UCSF agreement and endorsement of the Warriors sports and entertainment center in Mission Bay. Click here to read more.
(Photo by Khaled Sayed/Bay News Rising)
The Golden State Warriors, UCSF and Mayor Ed Lee have reached an agreement on the most critical issues surrounding the Golden State Warriors sports and entertainment center in Mission Bay!
UCSF News • Louise Chu
“I know I speak for many at UCSF when I say that I am excited about the prospect of the Warriors moving into the Mission Bay neighborhood.” - UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood