Thursday, July 31, 2008

TeamPlay makes mentoring easy

By Kevin L. Nichols

Although Baron Davis’ job is moving to Los Angeles, his philanthropy is staying right here in the Bay Area.

Last Wednesday, TeamPlay Foundation, co-founded by Davis, hosted its annual fundraiser at the W Hotel in San Francisco.

“More than 175 people came out to learn about us, and the feedback was tremendous,” said TeamPlay co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Gunnar Counselman. “We raised $55,000 and, more importantly, got dozens of people offering their services both in a professional capacity and as mentors.”

TeamPlay’s mission is to support inner-city students in developing “real dreams” and taking advantage of their educational opportunities to build the knowledge, skills, attitude and network necessary to reach those goals.

Since youth and potential mentors are increasingly utilizing social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook to keep in contact and network, TeamPlay has developed a “goal-oriented social networking site” that provides a team of mentors for each student.

The mentors offer their talents, work experience and professional networking assistance in order to become valuable members of a team of mentors, as opposed to the typical “one on one” mentoring relationship.

This reduces many of the barriers mentors face of not wanting the pressure of making a full-time commitment to one student. Similarly, students have the power to choose who they want on their “team” to help lead them toward their chosen career path.

With a unique operating team that includes Davis, Counselman and former Dallas Cowboy Anthony Jones, and a rich advisory board including Joe Marshall of the Omega Boys Club, as well as professors, lawyers and other professionals, TeamPlay has a powerful foundation in place. The organization is currently looking for assistance with identifying mentors, sponsorship, fundraising and more.

For more information on how you can get involved, contact Gunnar Counselman at (415) 567-0769 or gunnar@teamplayfoundation .org, or visit www.teamplayfoundation.org.

Kevin L. Nichols is an author and the president/CEO of KLN Publishing, located in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://klnpublishingllc.blogspot.com.


Attention coaches!

The Globe needs your schedules.

Please submit schedules for adult leagues, Pop Warner,

Little League and high school teams.

Email: felicia@theglobenewspapers.com

FAX: ((925) 513-0890

Mail: 1776 Fairway Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94577

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Friday, July 25, 2008

First Friday's Annual White Linen Party

$20.00 Discounted Tixs will be on sale thru Friday or until they run out
After Friday, the price will be $30.00.
Secure your entry and buy your tickets today
1,000 tickets have already been sold!

You can always find out more information regarding First Fridays at www.1stfriday.com or 510 297-4903.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

2nd Annual LinkedIn Downtown SF Outdoor Networking Event

Please visit http://linkedindowntownsf.eventbrite.com/ to view the actual "Save the Date". Nevertheless, please mark your calendars. Thanks.

Very truly yours,

Kevin L. Nichols

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

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This is to all of the dedicated men and women who risk their lives each day so that we have the ability to breathe the air that we breathe.

Happy 4th of July!

Very truly yours,


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Metropolitan Junior Baseball League

By Kevin L. Nichols

The Kappa Alpha Psi Youth Baseball Program and the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL) will soon conduct their first Black Baseball World Series at Benedict College in South Carolina.

Metropolitan Junior Baseball League participants

The MJBL was founded in 1966 because African American youth were not allowed to participate in Little League baseball. Today, the goal of the World Series is to bridge youth sports with historically black colleges and universities by providing education opportunities that may possibly lead to athletic scholarships.
At the series’ completion, the participants will take a four day black college tour. The coordinator and the MJBL’s West Coast commissioner, Steve McClendon, Coach Brent Thibeaux and Coach Bert Strane will lead the players during the series. Detroit Tigers pitcher Dontrelle Willis will supply the uniforms.

The MJBL is seeking financial support for these endeavors. Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to: Kappa Alpha Psi Community Project, 1026 10th St., Oakland, CA 94607.
For more information, call Steve McClendon at (510) 532- 7906.

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Little League and high school teams.
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Fourth of July Family Activities in the East Bay

Here are some activities that you and your family may enjoy.

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Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of

The Bay Area was downright eerie last week, with
all the smoke from area wildfires choking the air. With the Big
Holiday looming this weekend, I can only hope that people will
practice safe fireworks to keep the threat of wildfires at a minimum.
Luckily, there should be plenty of large (and safe) fireworks displays
here in the Bay Area to enjoy, from Discovery Kingdom to the SF
Marina. I will be celebrating with my family up in Tahoe, catching the
fireworks over the lake up there.

If you are staying close to
home this weekend, here are some ideas for a Fabulous Fourth. Or,
visit our July calendar online at BayAreaParent.com
for more ideas. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
- Peggy Spear, BAP

Celebrate the 4th at the
Berkeley Marina

The south shore of the Berkeley Marina
at the bottom of University Ave. is filled with great stuff to do all
day on July 4. Sign up for an old-fashioned sack race or get your face
painted. No need to cook – lots of international food booths.
Live entertainment from noon-9pm. Arts and craft booths, massages,
free sailboat rides from 1-4pm, dragon boat rides from 2-6pm and much
more including fireworks off the end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:30pm.
FREE admission. 510-548-5335. ci.berkeley.ca.us.

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July Jubilee in Alameda
The city of
Alameda's old-time July 4 festivities begin with a parade at
10am that starts on Park St. and winds through town. After the parade,
there's a community event with arts and crafts, music, games
and more. Noon-4pm. $5 for crafts wristband, $5 for games and jump
house wristband, $10 for all-inclusive wristband. Food for sale.
Rittler Park, Otis Dr. and Grand St., Alameda. ci.alameda.ca.us.

Party in Pleasant Hill
The city's
Fourth of July events begin with a 5K run/walk and kids dash at
8am. The city's annual parade starts at 9:30am and winds
through downtown Pleasant Hill. After the parade, families are invited
to Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane, to enjoy food booths,
entertainment, a petting zoo and more from 10:30am-2:30pm. Admission
is FREE. The city's fireworks display begins at 9:30pm.


It's Not Too Late for Summer Fun

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your 4th of July barbecue, beach vacation, or poolside party. Some
will be published in our August issue! Email a jpg photo (with names
and city of residence) to editor Peggy Spear at mailto:peggy.spear@parenthood.com?subject=Summer+Fun%0APhotos.

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