Junior Giants teaches leadership, self-esteem

About the Junior Giants:

  • Junior Giants baseball is the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, which is the nonprofit arm of the San Francisco Giants.
  • The program provides a summer baseball league, run free of charge for children ages 5 - 18 living in inner cities and rural suburbs throughout central and northern California, Oregon, and Nevada.
  • More than 14,800 youth participate in the Junior Giants program - nearly 4,000 of which are girls.
  • Over 9,000 participants come from low income households.
  • 39% of participants are Latino.
  • 2/3 of Junior Giants leagues' participants would not have played baseball had they not been offered this program.
  • Over 1,800 community leaders act as volunteer coaches and mentors.

    Mission of the Junior Giants:

  • The Junior Giants baseball league is unique because emphasis is placed not on winning games, but on building character and self-esteem.
  • The program is built around the "Four Bases of Character Development": Confidence, Leadership, Teamwork, and Integrity.
  • Coaches teach these values in hopes of helping the players to make smart decisions, and to keep them active and off the streets.
  • Honors such as the Junior Giants Willie Mac Awards and Junior Giants Scholars are given annually to exceptional participants in an effort to emphasize the importance of education and community involvement.
  • In addition, the Giants Community Fund strongly supports initiatives in the areas of Education, Health, and Violence Prevention.
  • These initiatives provide the Junior Giants with opportunities to participate in a reading program, acquire healthy eating and exercise habits, and learn other ways to become an upstanding member of their communities.

    You can contribute to the Junior Giants:

  • Volunteers are always needed to coach teams or help with various events. Call 1.877.JR.GIANT or visit www.jrgiant.org for more information.
  • Donate your car or boat to the Giants Community Fund by calling 1.800.818.5223.
  • Attend and participate in events that benefit the Giants Community Fund and Junior Giants baseball, including:

    >>Play Ball Lunch
    >>Giants Community Fund Golf Classic
    >>Sports Memorabilia Auction
    >>Junior Giants Glove Drive
    >>Balldude Camp
    >>Family Day in the Park

    Website: www.jrgiants.org
    Phone: 877.JR.GIANT

    2008 marks the 18th anniversary of the Golf Classic, which has consistently been the largest annual fundraiser of the Giants Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses baseball as a forum to encourage youngsters and their families to live healthy, productive lives. The Fund administers the Junior Giants program, a free summer baseball league for underserved youths 5 - 18 years old throughout Northern and Central California, Nevada, and Oregon. Each league teaches the fundamentals of baseball while providing the players with important training about values, education, and working with others. Junior Giants reaches out to deserving girls and boys who may not have opportunity to play organized baseball - those in inner cities, rural areas, and those who are disabled.

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