USF Honors SF Giants’ Service With California Prize
The San Francisco Giants baseball team is the winner of the 2012 USF California Prize for Service and the Common Good.
Given annually by the University of San Francisco, the prize honors individuals or organizations that have made significant advances or innovations in serving the public and advocating on behalf of underserved populations in California. The prize includes a handcrafted medal and $10,000 for the Giants’ community service efforts. USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J., cited the broad involvement of the Giants organization, from the players to the office staff, in performing community service as the reason for singling out the team for the California Prize.
“Through community events and programs that help under-resourced youth and families to live healthy, productive lives, the Giants organization has shown its extraordinary dedication to the people and issues that affect the San Francisco Bay Area.” Fr. Privett said. “The Giants are an inspiration and model for sports teams across the nation, and we honor and celebrate the organization’s positive influence in our city and beyond.”
Larry Baer, president and CEO of the Giants, will accept the award on behalf of the team at a gala dinner on the USF campus Nov. 12.
“It is a remarkable honor to be recognized by the city’s first university for our work off the playing field,” Baer said. “The USF California Prize is certainly a source of motivation for us to continue these efforts.”
The Giants maintain three separate programs for community service: the Giants Community Fund, Giants in the Community, in which Giants players and staff volunteer with local organizations, and Junior Giants Baseball. Since 1991, the Giants Community fund has donated more than $14 million to improve the lives of underserved youth and their families. More than 20,000 at-risk children in nearly 100 communities across California and into Nevada and Oregon participate annually in the team’s free baseball program, Junior Giants—which focuses on building confidence, integrity, leadership, and teamwork, while providing an alternative to drugs, gangs, and crime.
Past recipients of the USF California Prize for Service and the Common Good are:
- 2011 Daniel Lurie, CEO and founder of Tipping Point Community
- 2010 Beneficial State Bank and Foundation (formerly One PacificCoast Bank, FSB & OneCalifornia Bank)
- 2009 Alice Waters, chef and champion of locally grown food
- 2008 Lynn Fritz, social entrepreneur and founder of the Fritz Institute