Kids all over the San Francisco Bay Area love the Giants, but it's not just baseball that turns them into big fans. It's what the team does for them off the field to give them a good start in life that makes a difference.
Established in 1991, the Giants Community Fund helps children through a number of programs, including baseball leagues, scholarships, healthy living, and violence prevention. One way the Giants raise money for the fund is through the 50/50 Raffle, sponsored this year by the HERO Program.
Held at most Giants home games, the raffle gives half the proceeds collected that day to one lucky winner. The other half goes toward the Giants Community Fund. So far, the raffle has raised over $650,000.
The Giants' dedication to kids hasn't gone unnoticed. ESPN named the Giants the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year in 2016. The award came with $100,000, which the team donated to the Giants Community Fund.
Over the past 25 years, the fund has raised $24 million. Those dollars go toward some pretty awesome programs, such as:
Junior Giants: Founded in 1994, this co-ed baseball program for underserved youth ages 5-18 now has 25,000 participants and 90 leagues located in Northern California, Oregon and Nevada.
Education: The Giants Community Fund bestows 10 scholarships at $5,000 each to eighth-grade kids who participate in the Junior Giants Program. The fund also sponsors a reading program for the Junior Giants and has donated to the San Francisco Public Library. Partnering with other professional sports teams in the Bay Area, the Giants also fund seven $5,000 scholarships for high school seniors.
Health: The Giants Community Fund supports kids' healthy eating, raises awareness for organ donation, and has hosted an AIDS benefit game at AT&T Park.
Violence Prevention: Every year, individuals in the community who are dedicated to stopping violence are recognized for their efforts at a pre-game home-plate ceremony called Strike Out Violence Day. The fund also helps Junior Giants combat bullying and supports Strike Out Violence programs in their communities.
The HERO Program, which helps homeowners finance energy and water conservation upgrades, is honored to partner with the Giants Community Fund. It's really the perfect match for two organizations that care about make a difference in the community. The Fund helps local families in need, while HERO, one home at a time, helps partner communities meet their CO2 emission reduction targets and reduce their water use, while creating local jobs and stimulating the local economy.
For more information on the 50/50 Raffle, including ticket prices, go to the 50/50 Raffle page on the San Francisco Giants' website.
Learn about our unique financing program that can help you make energy and water conservation upgrades to your home. Contact the HERO Program today.