All Star “Best of the Best” Basketball Tourney Set for Oakland

Shown L to R: Xinavane Foreman, Bianca Shaw and Victoria Avery.


Event will raise funds to help young women go to college

Three local young women are participating in the Nor-Cal All Star “Best of the Best” Basketball Tourney, a fundraiser to help teen girls go to college.

The event takes place at Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive in Oakland at 4 p.m. on April 8 and April 9.

Xinavane Foreman, a senior at Berkeley High School, has played basketball for over 10 years. A guard/forward with a 3.5 GPA, she has a “free ride” scholarship to Cal State Fullerton where she intends to major in Criminal Justice.

Forward Victoria Avery, a senior at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, loves playing with her NorCal All-Star team. With a 4.2 GPA, she will be attending either New York University, Carnegie Mellon or Emory University where she intends to major in sociology and become a non-profit entrepreneur or policy maker.

Bianca Shaw, a senior with a 3.5 GPA at Bishop O’Dowd, is a point/shooting guard. She will attend Arizona State University majoring in Sports Medicine. Her father is Lakers Coach Brian Shaw.

The Nor-Cal All Star “Best of the Best” Basketball Tourney is fundraiser to support three months of college-prep, empowerment and life skills workshops to teen girls who need the financial aid.

Empowerment participants will meet for 12 weeks in workshops conducted at Castlemont High School Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Orientation is Saturday, April 1 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Castlemont High School Auditorium, 8601 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland.

Participants will be given preference when applying to any Peralta College and will receive a two-year scholarship.

Coaches John (Pops) Phillips and Johnny Burks will host the two-day event and have coordinated “Best of the Best” female high school basketball players from Sacramento, San Jose, San Francisco and the East Bay to participate in this tournament.

“I’m blessed and feel a responsibility to help those not as fortunate as I am,” says Shaw, Bishop O’Dowd senior. “Playing in this tournament hopefully will give some of these girls the same opportunities I have for success.”

“Playing in these games is a wonderful opportunity for me,” says Avery, O’Dowd senior. “My major in college will be sociology and I’m interested in housing justice issues, but there are so many other factors that stand in the way of girls succeeding, I’m just happy I can do something that will make other lives better.”

“Other girls who don’t have the support system I’ve had to excel scholastically and in sports,” says Foreman, “who knows, there might be a girl out there who can play as good or better than me, who just hasn’t had the support or opportunity or even the encouragement to show off her skills.”

“I hope by playing this tournament, we’ll raise awareness that these girls matter, and people will support us by attending our games,” she said.

Enrollment is currently open for the Empowerment Program.

Tournament Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

For more information or to make donations, go to: or call (510) 326-8668.                                          


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