The 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Week, including the 78th MLB All-Star Game, will leave a lasting community legacy throughout the City and County of San Francisco. Together, Major League Baseball and the San Francisco Giants will donate the net proceeds from Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, to be held on Monday, July 9 at AT&T Park, to local and national charities. It is anticipated that up to $4 million will be donated from this year's event.
Major League Baseball has traditionally used All-Star Week opportunities to support organizations including its official charity - Boys & Girls Clubs of America - and others with which the League has strong relationships, including Habitat for Humanity International, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Boys Hope Girls Hope, National Recreation and Park Association, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Roberto Clemente Sports City, the American Heart Association and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, among others.
Half of the proceeds (close to $1.9 million) will remain in San Francisco to fund a number of worthy projects for the City and County of San Francisco. This includes:
Project Green: On June 29, The San Francisco Giants, Project Green Connect and the Department of Public Works will launch a major greening effort throughout the city. Volunteers will join Giants alumni to descend on San Francisco's commercial districts to plant trees and beautify the neighborhoods' main thoroughfares to create a lasting green effect for the community. Project Green will launch a year-long greening effort where funds from Gatorade All-Star Workout Day will be used to purchase and plant hundreds of trees in empty tree basins in areas of the city in need of greening. Additionally, the funds will be used to purchase and plant trees and shrubs in areas of the city in need of greening.
Field Renovation Projects: A portion of the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day proceeds will be dedicated to developing or renovating two baseball fields in San Francisco. Major League Baseball, the Giants, Giants Community Fund, Good Tidings Foundation and Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel will identify a location in the Mission District on which to build a new field or to renovate an existing field. The Mission District is a neighborhood in great need of open space and programs geared toward youth. The field will not only serve as a new home for Junior Giants players, the Giants Community Fund's free baseball league for youth ages 5-18 years, but also will be utilized throughout the year by local schools, San Francisco Recreation and Park programs other community based youth sports leagues. The Giants will also renovate another San Francisco playing field in a location yet to be identified.
Giants Community Fund: 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 with the efforts of the San Francisco Giants to provide assistance to targeted community efforts. In addition to Junior Giants, the Giants Community Fund administers program in the areas of health, violence prevention and education. The Fund will issue special All-Star grants to qualifying San Francisco based organizations doing work in each of these areas.
A Tribute to Willie Mays...Making the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club at Hunters Point a Reality: The Giants will pay special tribute to Willie Mays, one of baseball's most celebrated players of all time and the Giants' ultimate All-Star, with 24 All-Star Game appearances. In honor of Mays' contributions to the game of baseball, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, the Say Hey Foundation and the Giants will name the renovated Boys & Girls Clubs' Hunters Point Clubhouse the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club at Hunters Point.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation: The Giants will join an elite group of athletes and organizations who sponsor Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars. A portion of the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day proceeds will be designated for Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars who are from the San Francisco Bay Area.
The 10 most recent All-Star Game Workout Day gates, including the projected 2007 figure, will have delivered approximately $25 million to national and local charities identified by Major League Baseball and the 10 Host MLB Clubs, respectively.
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