Giants Community Fund Spotlight
MISSION The Giants Community Fund strives to make an impact in the community through baseball and softball to promote health, education, and character development to elevate youth in underprivileged communities to drive positive changes. The Fund has spent over $34.5 million on related initiatives since founds in 1991. The Giants’ work also brought about a large number of projects that had significant impacts on local issues regarding children and their families in Northern California.
Junior Giants– It is the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, which provides free, noncompetitive, coed baseball and softball training for youth in underprivileged families in California and parts of Oregon and Nevada. The program has focused on youth players’ character development, health, education, and bully prevention for the past 28 seasons. 33% of Junior Giants players were girls.
Strike Out Violence Day– As one of the signature events in the Junior Giants program, the annual Strike Out Violence Day was a special pre-game ceremony to increase the awareness of stopping violence in schools and homes and honor servers and volunteers who had devoted themselves to the initiative. The funds were then used to help other programs such as Junior Giants Speakers Program and the Strike Out Bullying Contest to address the needs for violence prevention.
Willie Mays Scholars – To celebrate Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ 90th birthday, the Giants Community Fund launched a new scholarship program that began in fall of 2021 to provide support towards not only educational inequities but academic success for Black youth and their families in San Francisco area.
50/50 Raffle– Fans can purchase raffle tickets on selected home games to win 50 percent of the raffle jackpot and the remaining half goes to the foundation to support community scholarships, grants, Junior Giants and more.
Junior Giants Urban Youth Academy– The Giants Community Fund is working with the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco Rec & Park, and the MLB to establish the Junior Giants Urban Youth Academy. The Academy will cooperate with other Junior Giants programs to make positive impacts on character development, academic success, and health in local underserved communities in San Francisco.
PETER A. MAGOWAN FIELDS FOR KIDS– The Giants Community Fund created a field renovation program that is named in honor of Peter Magowan, former president of the Giants. The field renovation program, which echoes the philosophy of the Junior Giants Program, focuses on improving recreational opportunities and creating safer fields for underprivileged communities. The Giants Community Fund has refurbished more than 23 youth baseball fields since 1995.
HARMON & SUE BURNS SCHOLARS – Harmon & Sue Burns Scholars program under the Giants Community Fund supports 10 Junior Giants players each year with a $5,000 scholarship for each one.