Giants Community Fund
Giants Community Fund

Junior Giants and San Francisco Giants Community Fund: Calling All Kids and Coaches for Free, Summertime Baseball

The Junior Giants presented by Bank of America, the flagship program of the San Francisco Giants Community Fund, is calling all kids and volunteer coaches to participate in the free, award winning summertime baseball program. With more than 70 participating communities throughout California, Nevada and Oregon, it's time to step up to the plate and become a giant in your community.

San Francisco, CA, June 23, 2005 --( Batter Up for Junior Giants 11th Year, Calling All Young Sluggers and Volunteer Coaches.

It’s time to suit up and play ball, Junior Giants style. Junior Giants baseball fever, which began 11 years ago in 18 communities, has spread across California and into Nevada and Oregon – and it’s time for you to join the team. The annual call-up has begun, and teams in your area are looking for rookies, seasoned sluggers and community leaders to step up to the plate as coaches and players for the 2005 season.

The Junior Giants program presented by Bank of America is a non-competitive baseball league run by the Giants Community Fund, and is offered in more than 65 communities. All together, more than 13,000 youths are involved in this exciting summertime baseball tradition. The Junior Giants’ unique combination of instilling self esteem, confidence, teamwork, leadership and integrity in its players while introducing them to America’s favorite pastime makes it an all-star program. Among the league’s awards, the Junior Giants Program was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame as the “Best Single Program” run by any professional sports team.

“Junior Giants gives youth a unique and positive outlet for learning and practicing baseball and life skills, which can be used on and off the field, for life,” said Sue Petersen, executive director of the Giants Community Fund.

Junior Giants baseball was created to provide underserved children living in inner cities and rural communities the opportunity to run the bases, rather than the streets, each summer. Volunteer coaches, consisting of police officers from the Police Activities Leagues (PAL), Parks and Recreation Departments and caring community members help teach baseball and behavioral skills that stay with the children long after the last ball is thrown.

Junior Giants is the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Fund supports the players and volunteer coaches by providing all the bats, balls, jerseys, hats, gloves and other equipment needed for baseball games. The Fund also provides coaches with professional training sessions by Get Up and Go Baseball and the Positive Coaching Alliance at SBC Park and specific Junior Giants communities. Participants also are given unique opportunities such as clinics, festivals, Giants games and applying for special awards.

The Junior Giants are calling all kids and coaches in your community to join a winning team.  Call 877-JR-GIANT or visit the Junior Giants website to contribute to the program or to become a coach, volunteer or player.

Media Contact:
Kati Schmidt