Mayor Newsom and Mayor Cluck Coach Junior Giants Game with Bret Harte Elementary School Students
12/15/10 – Mayor Gavin Newsom today welcomed the San Francisco Giants’ World Series Commissioner’s Trophy back to City Hall – it made its first appearance here during the Giants ticker-tape parade and celebration ceremony in November. The sterling silver Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Trophy was on display in City Hall for several hours for public viewing on Wednesday. Also today, Mayor Newsom was joined by Arlington, Texas Mayor Robert Cluck, M.D. to coach two Junior Giants teams in a short scrimmage, emphasizing confidence, integrity, teamwork and leadership, the four principles of the youth baseball program run by the San Francisco Giants Community Fund. The Junior Giants game with students from Bret Harte Elementary School settles a friendly mayoral wager during the 2010 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers. The game was played at Gilman Playground in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood.
“The San Francisco Giants defied all the odds to win the World Series, and I couldn’t be prouder to welcome the Commissioner’s Trophy back to City Hall for the public to see,” said Mayor Newsom. “I know Mayor Cluck is a good sport who cares deeply about youth and community service because he was willing to come all the way out here from Texas to settle our mayoral wager and wear a World Series Champion San Francisco Giants jersey the whole time doing it. Thank you to the Junior Giants and the Giants Community Fund for connecting youth to opportunities to develop leadership skills and self-confidence through sports.”
”I’m honored to take part in this day of service, and in doing so, fulfill my wager with Mayor Newsom,” said Mayor Cluck. “Although I wish things had turned out differently, the Giants played a strong series, and I’m happy our two cities are cooperating to highlight the positive role sports can play in young people’s lives.”
Junior Giants, the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, is a free, non-competitive and innovative baseball program for boys and girls ages 5-18 years old. In 1994, the Giants Community Fund created the Junior Giants Program to give at-risk kids a meaningful partnership with community-based organizations and provide an alternative to drugs, gangs and crime. The Junior Giants Program now serves 17,000 children in 85 leagues across California and into Nevada and Oregon, with 2,000 volunteer coaches participating as well. The Giants Community Fund provides all of the uniforms, equipment, and training necessary to run a league as well as tickets to select Giants games so the youth can experience a Major League Baseball game. Because of the well-rounded approach, the Giants Community Fund won a national award for excellence in sports philanthropy from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project.
Bret Harte Elementary School has been the Giants’ adopted school when the San Francisco School Volunteers asked the Giants to form a special relationship with a school. As the Giants’ neighbor in the Candlestick days, it was a perfect match and the Giants continue to show support with game tickets, volunteer time and even funded the renovation of their school library.
Last week, Mayor Newsom and his staff dined on the famous Spring Creek Barbecue shipped from Arlington, Texas as the first part of the friendly Giants – Rangers World Series wager between the two mayors.