The 49ers Foundation, Warriors Community Foundation, and the Sharks Foundation, in partnership with the Koret Foundation and Taube Philanthropies, announced on Thursday, July 11 that collectively they have donated $1,048,500 to local non-profits which positively impacted over 250,000 lives throughout the Bay Area.
Through the Touchdowns For Kids program (San Francisco 49ers), Hoops 4 Kids program (Golden State Warriors), and Goals For Kids (San Jose Sharks) programs, the Koret Foundation and Taube Philanthropies partnered with these three professional sports teams to raise funds that were accumulated throughout the season based on athletic accomplishments for each team. The funds were then donated to various beneficiaries at the completion of each of the NBA, NFL and NHL 2018-2019 seasons.
“The 49ers Foundation is tirelessly dedicated to educating and empowering Bay Area youth and is constantly seeking out organizations with an aligned commitment to our community and its kids,” said 49ers Executive Director Justin Prettyman. “With the support of the Koret Foundation and Taube Philanthropies, I’m thrilled that our Touchdowns for Kids programming efforts aided in elevating more than a quarter of a million youth alongside the impactful efforts by the Warriors Community Foundation and Sharks Foundation.”
“The Koret Foundation is proud to join forces with three storied franchises in investing in pathways to success for young people throughout the Bay Area,” said Michael Boskin, President of the Koret Foundation. “The work of each of these foundations and organizations is creating lasting change that will benefit countless children, teens, families and our community at large for years to come.”
“On behalf of Taube Philanthropies, I’d like to express my sincere thanks and congratulations to the Warriors Community Foundation, Niners Foundation, and Sharks Foundation for three outstanding seasons that allowed our partnership to raise significant funds for our very deserving beneficiaries,” said Tad Taube, Chairman of Taube Philanthropies.
“We are extremely proud to be working with these fine professional sports organizations and are delighted to have found such a fun and unique way to raise the funds that will make an ever-lasting impression on the lives of those in our community,” continued Taube. “We look forward to doing more good work next season with all three teams.”
During the 2018 NFL preseason and regular season, on-field achievements resulted in contributions to the Touchdowns for Kids program. With each touchdown, field goal, interception or sack made by a 49ers player, funding was directed towards improving the lives of youth in need. At the conclusion of the season, Touchdowns for Kids provided $162,000 in charitable support to 17,000 under resourced Bay Area children and families through the following:
- 10 Books a Home – Funding provided 350 tutoring sessions for underprivileged preschoolers in the Bay Area and support 10 Books a Home’s mission of preparing low-income preschoolers for success in kindergarten and beyond.
- 49ers Academy – Funding supported after school tutoring for 225 students enrolled at 49ers Academy, where students are exposed to an academically rigorous learning environment that will empower them to engage critically as global citizens.
- 49ers EDU – Funding provided a month of transportation to over 1,000 K-8 students to participate in the 49ers EDU STEAM field trip program.
- 49ers PREP – Funding provided safety equipment and Heads Up safety training for over 500 Bay Area high school football players.
- 49ers Stem Leadership Institute – Funding enrolled 360 students in the 49ers SLI, a six-year program that prepares students with high academic potential to pursue STEM majors at top-tier universities.
- CityTeam – Funding provided 7,142 meals to individuals living in extreme poverty or homelessness in San Jose.
- City Year San Jose – Funding provided bi-weekly stipends to 22 City Year AmeriCorps Members, each of whom will work with 75+ students a year, for a total impact of 1,650 children.
- East Bay College Fund – Funding provided collegiate scholarships to 13 students enrolled in Oakland public high schools.
- Fresh Lifelines for Youth – Funding supported a year of training for 1,500 volunteers in FLY’s Mentor Program, in turn, providing 1,500 Bay area at-risk youth with a mentor who will support them in developing new attitudes, behaviors and ambitions.
- Hidden Genius Project – Funding provided stipends for 135 Youth Educators to support Hidden Genius’s mission of empowering black males to be innovators and agents of change.
- Kidpower – Funding provided teaching for 270 children in need in a classroom; giving hands-on practice of essential safety skills.
- Positive Coaching Alliance – Funding provided training for 450 Bay Area coaches on Positive Coaching practices, with an impact of over 4,500 Bay Area Youth.
Warriors Community Foundation:
During the 2018-19 NBA regular season, each 3-point basket made by a Warriors player earned a $500 donation for local non-profits through the Hoops 4 Kids program. A total of $543,500 was split amongst eight beneficiaries that work to provide opportunities to underserved youth in the Bay Area. Overall, 111,900 youth were impacted through the following:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland – Funding provided 1,700 student members access to active and healthy lifestyles with nutritional food consumption and regular exercise, resulting in academic successes including grade promotions and matriculation to college.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco – Funding provided creative arts, competitive sports leagues, academic support, career exposures, and learn-to-swim lessons to 19,000 youth members.
- East Oakland Youth Development Center – Funding delivered comprehensive after-school and summer services, giving 1,200 children in East Oakland at-risk of social and academic disengagement a chance at a brighter future.
- Education Outside – Funding served 23,000 children in low-income and diverse communities of the Bay Area who cannot access the early education experiences that build the scientific mindsets and critical thinking skills needed to become active science learners.
- Oakland Public Education Fund – Funding lead to 3,500 African American male students increasing their graduation rates, lowering their dropout rates, exemplifying better student discipline, and increasing their honor roll participation and ability to access academic support which led to a more positive self-identity.
- Playworks – Funding increased physical activity while simultaneously teaching social emotional skills to 57,000 elementary school children in the Bay Area.
- Safe Passages – Funding offered early childhood services, school linked services, economic and social justice services and career pathways and community development opportunities to 4,000 students and their families.
- Techbridge – Funding served 2,500 girls in elementary and middle schools, helping them gain an understanding of STEM concepts, explore STEM career options and be prepared for pursuing high school-level STEM activities.
The Warriors Community Foundation thanked PG&E as its program partner for the season.
San Jose Sharks:
Throughout the 2018-19 NHL pre, regular and post-season, for every goal scored by a Sharks player a $1,000 donation was split amongst six non-profits through the Goals for Kids program. Goals for Kids experienced a record-breaking season raising $343,000 to impact 125,177 underserved Bay Area lives through the following:
- Books Aloud Inc. – Funding created 47 youth mini libraries, which consist of 24 books and two tablets, for Title 1 schools and community centers in San Jose.
- Loved Twice – Funding secured 61,500 baby garments to supply roughly 820parents in underserved Santa Clara County communities with clothing for their newborns.
- Okizu – Funding sent 57 youth affected by childhood cancer to Camp Okizu this summer.
- Racing Hearts – Funding purchased 80 AED machines which will be deployed into SJPD patrol cars and will eventually impact more than one million people in San Jose.
- Second Harvest Food Bank – Funding provided 114,333 nutritious meals to impoverished youth and families in San Mateo and Santa Clara County.
- Special Olympics Northern California – Funding supported 457 children and adults with intellectual disabilities by providing them with free health screenings and sports competitions across the Bay Area.