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.