In a collective effort to support youth working towards the goal of higher education, Bay Area professional sports franchises, including the Oakland Athletics, San Jose Sharks, Golden State Warriors, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants, have teamed up for the 10th year of Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team (BAASST). As part of this program, the first of its kind among professional sports teams, six high school seniors have been selected to receive a $3,000 scholarship to be applied toward their college education.
Each Bay Area sports franchise will recognize this year's six Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team recipients in a ceremony this year. The first ceremony is set for Sunday, April 9 when the recipients will be honored during a special in-game ceremony during the San Jose Sharks vs. Dallas Stars game at HP Pavilion at San Jose. The Oakland A's will recognize the recipients prior to their game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at McAfee Coliseum on Friday, July 7. A representative from each Bay Area sports organization will be in attendance to participate in each ceremony.
The 2006 BAASST recipients are Christina Fukumoto of Homestead High School in Sunnyvale (San Jose Sharks), Chad Morris of Antioch High School in Antioch (Oakland A's), Sara Heaps of Encinal High School in Alameda (Golden State Warriors), Cory Winther of Novato High School in Novato (Oakland Raiders), Michael Wu of Aragon High School in San Mateo (San Francisco 49ers) and Dawit Melak of International Studies Academy in San Francisco (San Francisco Giants).
Students were selected from high schools within nine Bay Area counties, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma. Each public high school was provided with information about this scholarship opportunity and were encouraged to nominate candidates that met the following criteria: has a minimum grade point average of 3.00, displays leadership qualities in the classroom and/or inspirational qualities on the athletic field and demonstrates the value of education, good work ethic and community outreach.