When I tell people that I work for the Junior Giants, I am often greeted by a confused look. “What’s the Junior Giants?”, they usually ask. Well, I am happy to share with you about the incredible organization I intern for, and I hope that by the end of this post you have a clear picture of why the Junior Giants is changing the face of youth baseball.
Before we dive into the Junior Giants program, I want to share with you a little about the Giants Community Fund. The Giants Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, collaborates with the San Francisco Giants by using baseball as a forum to encourage underserved youth and their families to live healthy, productive lives. Since its inception in 1991, the Fund has donated over $24 million to community efforts. The Fund is managed by a 30-member Board of Directors, and is sustained by contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations through a number of special partnerships and fundraisers.
The San Francisco Giants were named the 2016 Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year by ESPN for the organization’s community outreach efforts, including the Giants Community Fund’s Junior Giants program.
The Junior Giants is a flagship program created and funded by the Giants Community Fund in 1994. For the last 23 years, Youth 5 to 18 have been warmly welcomed into this free, noncompetitive, and coed baseball program every summer at our 90 different leagues located in California, Southern Oregon, and Eastern Nevada . Working together with local agencies, families and volunteers, Junior Giants reaches into communities and offers youth a chance to learn the basics of baseball during the summer while also discovering the importance of essential life skills.
What makes this program so special is that it is not just about baseball. The Junior Giants teaches children about the Four Bases of Character Development: Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork, as well as the importance of Health, Education and Bullying Prevention.
The program provides exceptional experiences for over 25,000 kids every summer– kids who most likely would not have a chance to participate in organized sports if it was not for this program.It gives these kids a chance to be a part of a supportive, inclusive, and fun environment for 8 weeks every year–completely free of charge.
So how did I find out about this program? It all started last year when my godsister, Daisy, said that I should apply for the Junior Giants Ambassador Position. For the summer, I served as the Junior Giants Ambassador for the Citrus Heights League. From May to August, I was able to immerse myself in the community that I have lived in my whole life while simultaneously representing the San Francisco Giants.
From the moment I gave that brand new, fresh baseball glove to the starry eyed, young tee-ball player below me, I was hooked. I wanted that feeling to stay with me forever.
That feeling led me to apply and to eventually be hired as the Junior Giants Intern. I live my dream every day as I enter my cubicle at AT&T Park.
So, if this above information doesn’t have you hooked on the Junior Giants, I feel like this below video might. Get an inside perspective of the Junior Giants: