A large group of kids could be seen congregating on the edge of the basketball court at the new Willie Brown Middle School in the Bay View district of San Francisco.
Wearing sparkling new Golden State Warriors jerseys, the youngsters were students at Brown or members of the nearby Bay View YMCA. They were on hand to commemorate the unveiling of the new Golden State Warrior outside basketball court at the school, which had been donated by the Warriors Community Foundation.
“This donation was part of a larger relationship that we have with the San Francisco Unified School district,” said Jose Gordon, executive director of the Warriors Community Foundation.
“We support the district with grants and donations and to this date, we have resurfaced and helped build over 60 courts around the bay area,” said Gordon.
Some of the courts they already have refurbished include the Rainbow Recreation gym in East Oakland, East Oakland Youth Community Development Center and Center Park in East Oakland.
Both of the outside courts at Willie Brown Middle School were resurfaced with new backboards, with one of the courts being resurfaced with blue highlights on the court and a Warrior insignia in the middle of the court.
“This is a great partnership school district and the Warriors,” said Jonathan Garcia, Interim Chief Development Officer for San Francisco Unified.
Former Warrior player Adonal Foyal was on hand to talk to the kids, who ranged in age from 8 to 16 years old. They were given jerseys and instructed in basketball skill work for 2 hours.
“This is a way that we are showing our ongoing support for the community,” said Theo Ellington, the Warriors’ director of public affairs.
“We need to spread our wings on both sides of the bay,” he said.
With the Warriors impending move from East Oakland to the dog patch area of San Francisco, team has begun to assert itself with a higher profile in San Francisco.
The Warriors has been holding more basketball camps in various parts of San Francisco from the Sunset, Portola and the Bay View. The team has also refurbished basketball courts in the city, including one at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood house and is planning to refurbish the Nate Thurmond basketball court in Golden Gate Park next month.