I’ll start by saying “thank you” because if you’re reading this, you’re already engaged with the Giants Community Fund in some
About the GiAnts Community Fund
way. For many of you, such as our longtime donors and community partners, you’re pleased to see the expansion and
refinement of our key programs. For others, you may have heard about the Fund and want to understand more about what we
do and how you can get involved.
Simply said, the Fund is a unique organization. We are a public charity with an obvious tie to the great game of baseball – a
sport that convenes people of all ages and from all walks of life. We are honored to play an active role in or community,
providing programs for youth and over 10 million dollars since 1991.
With your help, we’re now able to serve more than 15,000 children annually through our flagship program, Junior Giants, which
provides free programming in baseball and life skills. In addition, our staff and board work year-round to ensure that we reach
underserved populations with important initiatives in the areas of education, health, and violence prevention.
It truly takes the interest and resources of thousands of people to continue our work. You are a member of our team and indeed
play a critical role in our mission of service to the community. We are therefore proud to say…
This is your community. This is your Fund.
Sue Petersen, Executive Director
The Giants Community Fund uses baseball as a forum to encourage
youngsters and families to live healthy, productive lives. The Fund supports
Junior Giants summer leagues throughout Northern California and collaborates s t e v e PAt t e r s o n AwA r d
with the efforts of the San Francisco Giants to provide assistance to targeted The Sports Philanthropy Project and the Robert
community efforts in the areas of Education, Health and Violence Prevention. Wood Johnson Foundation presented the Giants
Community Fund with the 2008 Steve Patterson
Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy.
This prestigious award recognizes the work of
pro sports foundations and is named in honor of
the late Steve Patterson, a UCLA basketball star,
NBA player and college coach who believed in
using sports philanthropy to make a difference.
The Fund is proud to be the first team foundation
in Major League Baseball to receive this honor.
Junior GiAnts bAsebAll
Junior Giants, the flagship program of the Giants Community Along with the fundamentals of baseball, Junior Giants focuses
Fund, is a free, non-competitive and co-ed baseball program on the four bases of character development: Confidence,
for youth ages 5-18 years old. The Community Fund provides Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork. This framework is
jerseys, hats, and baseball equipment necessary to run a league integrated into the Junior Giants handbook distributed to
as well as tickets to select Giants games so that the youth can all of the kids and parents. Character development is also
experience a Major League Baseball game. echoed in the training provided to all of the coaches.
Junior Giants began in 1994 in 18 communities as a positive The Community Fund has continued to enhance its rapidly
alternative to gangs and drugs for at-risk youth. The program growing program by integrating education, health and violence
now has 15,000 participants in 80 leagues across California prevention curriculum into the Junior Giants program. This
and into Nevada and Oregon. The program welcomes kids has helped us to create a well-rounded program for youth,
from all backgrounds and encourages them to live healthy both on and off the field.
and productive lives by getting outside and playing baseball!
w h At m Ak e s Junior G i Ant s di FFer ent?
It’s a free program “I have found the Junior Giants program to
The league is non-competitive be one of the best supported programs for
children that I have been involved with
Girls and boys participate together
during the past 20 years. I am continually
Higher value placed on character than on wins and losses amazed by how the Junior Giants program
Programs in education, health, and violence prevention continues to find ways to improve each
year. The support that the leagues receive
from the organization is fantastic!”
Todd Lindeman, Principal, Edison Elementary School
Junior GiAnts dAy Junior GiAnts leAGues
“It’s great for the Junior Medford
Over 4,000 Junior Giants come to the ballpark for the annual
Junior Giants Day celebration. The Junior Giants participate in an
Giants kids to walk on the
unforgettable pre-game parade around the field before settling in field and be recognized
their seats to watch the game and enjoy a complimentary lunch. throughout the day.” Redding
The Giants Community Fund, with assistance from the Major Celestino Ellington, Bayview YMCA
League Baseball Commissioner’s Initiative For Kids, is able to
supply over 15,000 tickets to Junior Giants players and coaches to Corning
attend games at AT&T Park. Many of these participants visited a big Covelo
league stadium for the first time!
West Sacramento Citrus Heights
San Rafael Antioch
Marin City Richmond Pittsburg
San Francisco Oakland
Daly City Union
So. San Francisco Modesto
Newark Las Vegas
San Bruno Fremont
San Mateo Milpitas Atwater
Pro G r A m stAt i st iC s Redwood City 1
Gilroy Los Banos
East Palo Alto Santa Cruz
San Jose Salinas
80 Leagues Seaside
15,000 participants Sanger
2,000 Coaches Reedley
Over 10,000 kids would not have played baseball
San Luis Obispo Huron Porterville
if not for the Junior Giants program Bakersfield
J u n i o r G i A n t s w i l l i e m A C AwA r d
Junior GiAnts CoAChes Junior GiAnts Glove drive
The Junior Giants program is dependent on the dedication The annual Glove Drive presented by Bank of America gives fans the
and support from our league commissioners and coaches. opportunity to donate a new or gently used glove or make a $10 donation
There are over 2,000 volunteers and representatives of which will be used toward the purchase of a new glove. The collected
community organizations: Police Activities Leagues, Boys The Junior Giants Willie Mac Award, named in gloves are distributed to the kids in the Junior Giants program.
& Girls Clubs, YMCA’s and Recreation & Parks Depart- honor of Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey,
ments. The coaches receive professional training at our is the “junior” version of the annual award given Over 6,000 Junior Giants don’t own a glove
annual coaches clinics at AT&T Park and regional sites. to a Giants player by his teammates. Our award Since 2000 the Glove Drive has been able to supply
These volunteers live in the communities where they is presented to the players and coaches who best over 25,000 gloves to Junior Giants
serve and are dedicated to acting as positive role models exemplify the Junior Giants Four Bases of Character
who emphasize the development of children with strong Development: Confidence, Integrity, Leadership
character in a safe environment. and Teamwork.
“This organization brings Christmas in June
for so many young children. The look on their
face when you give them a new glove;
the excitement in their eyes and bright smiles
that shine from ear to ear. The laughter and
cheer you hear from the field when they
get their first hit or catch their first fly ball.
The dreams and hopes they make come true
for players and parents.”
Jeff Hammar, Coach, Atwater PAL Junior Giants
Peter A. mAGowAn Fields For kids
In an effort to further support our Junior Giants communities, the Giants
Community Fund has partnered with the Good Tidings Foundation,
Giants players and sponsors to renovate 19 youth baseball fields since
1995. An integral leader in this program has been Peter Magowan,
the Giants past President and Managing General Partner. To honor his
leadership over 16 seasons, the Giants Community Fund has named its
field renovation efforts the Peter A. Magowan Fields for Kids program.
The Peter A. Magowan Fields for Kids program will reach out to under-
served communities where the Junior Giants program exists in order to
enhance recreational opportunities and create safer places to play.
“I am proud to be associated with
this wonderful group of people
who share the same vision as I, in
providing a safe and caring place
for kids to play baseball and learn
life lessons through sports,”
Barry Zito, Giants Pitcher
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The Giants Community Fund recognizes the important Each year, the Giants Community Fund awards ten $2,500 schol- 1B
role that education plays in the lives of youth. Toward and family. Not only that we 2B
arships to deserving Junior Giants. Scholars are eighth-grade 3
that end, the Fund offers programs that reach out to encourage the participants to read, 4
participants of the Junior Giants program who are selected on 5
students, teachers and educational organizations. but we also gave them the opportunity
the basis of leadership, character and academic potential. 3B 6
to interact with their family.” 8
We are proud to honor each class of Scholars as they graduate 9
Nhia Vue, Junior Giants Commissioner 10
Mutual Assistance Network of Del Paso Heights from high school and pursue further education. HR 11
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Literacy is the most important educational tool
that can be provided to children to prepare them
for bright futures. Therefore, we created the Round
the Bases Reading Program as an incentive program
designed to encourage Junior Giants to read during
the summer months. The four achievement levels
follow a baseball diamond and after each base is
completed, players earn Giants rewards. In its first
year, over 4,000 Junior Giants participated.
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Education Night at AT&T Park recognizes both the incoming
and graduating classes of Junior Giants Scholars as well as
the Education Grant recipients. During a pre-game ceremony,
grants are presented to non-profit groups that support pro-
grams focused on children’s literacy projects.
The Giants Community Fund has partnered with many organizations to raise awareness and education about important health-
“The Giants Community Fund
related causes. The Fund also collaborates with the San Francisco Giants Community Relations department to identify important The Giants Community Fund has partnered with many organizations is an outstanding example of
C o v e r i nG t h e b As e s i n h e A lt h
community initiatives at the ballpark. to raise awareness about important health-related causes. The Fund the impact that can be achieved
also collaborates with the Giants Community Relations Department when you combine the power
to identify important community initiatives. of sports and social action to
help enhance the health and
well-being of communities.”
C om mu n i t y h e A lt h FA i rs Executive Director, Sports Philanthropy Project
Through a partnership with Saint Mary’s Medical Center a CHW Hospital, the
Giants Community Fund is committed to funding various health and safety
fairs in the Bay Area. These health fairs address the needs of the communities
being served and provide screenings, nutrition tips and informational mate-
rials to the attendees. The Giants Community Fund and St. Mary’s Medical
Center sponsor up to four community health fairs a year.
orGAn donor AwAreness niGht
In conjunction with the California Transplant Donor Network, the Giants and the Community
Fund support the annual Organ Donor Awareness Night at AT&T Park. The night is com-
mitted to raising awareness about the importance of organ donation. The first 5,000 fans
at the gates receive baseball cards with organ donation information from the California
Transplant Donor Network.
u n t i l t h e r e ’s A C u r e n iG h t
In 1994, the Giants teamed up with the Until There’s A Cure
Foundation to become the first professional sports team to host an
AIDS benefit game. Since then, the Giants and the Giants Commu-
nity Fund have continued to support the effort each year by giving
$40,000 in grants to Bay Area organizations focused on HIV/AIDS
education and service.
Jerseys oFF our GiAnts
strikinG out violenCe in our Communities
Strike Out Violence Day at AT&T Park includes
Junior GiAnts imAGine PeACe Contest
the annual Jerseys Off Our Giants raffle to
benefit La Casa de las Madres. Over 100
The Imagine Peace Contest invites Junior Giants to submit artwork or a written piece
volunteers, including several Giants wives,
with a message about how to create a violence-free community. The winners are
sell $1 raffle tickets throughout the ballpark
recognized on the field during a pre-game ceremony on Strike Out Violence Day.
for the chance to win an autographed Giants
jersey. Since 2002, over $115,000 has been
raised to benefit La Casa de las Madres,
which offers support services for battered
women and their children.
v iol e nC e P r e v e n t ion s P e A k e r ’s e v e n t s
In an effort to address the challenges that young people face today, the Giants
Community Fund established the Junior Giants Violence Prevention Speaker’s Program.
The Giants Community Fund is committed to supporting
Youth advocate Michael Pritchard visits communities throughout Northern California
violence prevention programs and ending the cycle of
and speaks to Junior Giants kids and coaches about gang prevention and bullying.
violence that impacts Junior Giants, their families and
“The support we receive from the
strike out violenCe dAy Giants Community Fund is just amazing.
We do not have any other single
The Giants, Giants Community Fund, San Francisco Sheriff’s Department relationship that lets us raise awareness
and the Family Violence Prevention Fund annually hold a day that honors and financial support allowing us to
survivors of violence and organizations who are committed to stopping
provide vital services to victims and
violence in our communities. On this day the Giants Community Fund
survivors of domestic violence.”
gives out over $50,000 in grants to violence prevention programs.
Kathy Black, Executive Director
La Casa de las Madres
We invite you to join us. Our programs are only possible with Come to one of the Giants Com-
the time and resources of fans, businesses, community partners munity Fund’s post-game live
how you CAn helP
and volunteers. Here are a few ways you can get involved. auctions or log on to JRGIANTS.
boArd oF direCtors Advisory boArd s tA F F
ORG to bid on one-of-a kind
Craig Alexander Peter Magowan, Chair Sue Petersen
experiences and memorabilia.
Mario Alioto Ruth Brinker Executive Director
Or – when you’re at the ballpark
Larry Baer Renel Brooks-Moon
on a Saturday, simply stop by the Paul Giuliacci
Julia Bromley Orlando Cepeda
Community Clubhouse to Associate Director
Sue Burns Willie Mays
check out the weekly
Allan G. Byer Willie McCovey Carolyn Della Maggiore
items. The auctions
Brother George Cherrie Michael Pritchard Senior Development &
Dick Cohn Mimi Silbert Projects Coordinator
bats, baseballs and
other unique “catches.” Cassandra Adams
John Feeley ot h e r PA rt iC i PA n t s Junior Giants Coordinator
John Gumas Rick Enos Jennifer Liu
Ricardo Hernandez Chairman Emeritus Junior Giants Coordinator
w i l l i e m CC o v e y G o l F C l A s s i C Pl Ay bAll lunCh Vernon Michael Kirton Blaine Mauldin
Fund Treasurer Community Fund Assistant
The Willie McCovey Golf Classic is held at the Over 1,100 guests gather at the Play Isabelle Lemon Jack Bair Valerie Saito
prestigious Olympic Club. The tournament features Ball Lunch presented by Blue Shield Denise McCarthy Fund Secretary Development & Education Assistant
a post-golf sports auction and dinner reception. of California. This annual luncheon Kathleen Dowling McDonough
Many Giants celebrities join us that day to support welcomes back the entire Giants team, John Noguchi Staci Slaughter
the Giants Community Fund and test their game! coaches and broadcasters to San Fran- Tom Nolan Senior Vice President, Communications
C o n tA C t u s
cisco after Spring Training. You never Lindbergh Porter, Jr. Keith Scheeler We look forward to hearing from you!
know who you’ll sit next to! Sunny Schwartz Accounting Manager
Liz Steyer Giants Community Fund
Laurie Wotus Ron Exley AT&T Park
“I grew up not having gloves and d o n At e y o u r C A r Rich Zirkel California PAL 24 Willie Mays Plaza
things to play with and not having San Francisco, CA 94107
Your car donation can help the Junior Giants program – and
good fields to play on, and that’s you get a tax-deduction. Just call 1-800-818-5223.
what the Junior Giants does. They fax 415-947-2644
supply the kids with good equip-
volunteer Visit us online at JRGIANTS.ORG
ment, they build fields for them to
play on. I think it’s a good thing.” Roll up your sleeves and join the team! Visit JRGIANTS.ORG
Willie McCovey, Giants Hall of Famer to locate your local Junior Giants league.
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