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Sharks Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
SAN JOSE – The Sharks Foundation announced today that grants totaling $272,191 will be donated to its 2010-11 season beneficiaries. Over 24,000 youth in the community will directly benefit from the grants.

The 2010-11 Sharks Foundation grant recipients are: Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley, Bring Me a Book Foundation, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, City Year, Downtown College Prep, Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen, Mid-Pen Resident Services Corporation, Pathways Hospice Foundation, Sacred Heart Nativity School, The Role Model Program, and Via Services.

The Sharks Foundation board selected these 11 beneficiaries from nearly 100 grant applications that were submitted last fall. The selected organizations all met the criteria set forth by the Sharks Foundation which states that the organization must be classified as 501(C)3 non-profit group that offers programs that support local youth in Santa Clara County. Each organization also had to fill an area of need in the focus of Education, Health & Safety, or Character Development.

“It was a highly competitive and difficult process,” said Sharks Foundation President Greg Jamison. “We were able to narrow in on 11 very deserving organizations. The Sharks Foundation recognizes the value in helping the community and is very proud to know the number of youth that will be impacted by the grants provided to these organizations.”

The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in our community with an emphasis in the areas of Education, Health and Safety, and Character Development. The Sharks Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need. Although the San Jose Sharks and the Sharks Foundation support a variety of community programs on various levels, we feel that the key to the long-term well-being of our community is our youth.

The San Jose Sharks are as deeply involved with the neighborhood we live in as we are with the game that we play. As role models, we feel responsible to give back to the community that so strongly supports us. To this end, the Sharks Foundation was created in 1994 in an effort to increase our organizational impact on Santa Clara County. With the help of Sharks players, coaches and staff, the Sharks Foundation invests in the community with the hope of enhancing the lives of our youth. It quickly evolved and expanded beyond its original charter and has since donated over $5.2 million to more than 109 local beneficiaries. In addition to the original grant program, the Sharks Foundation manages educational programs, hosts major fundraisers, executes pledge programs and implements community outreach events.

Sharks Foundation 2010-11 Grant Recipients

Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley
The Boys & Girls Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible adults. The Sharks Foundation’s grant will purchase the After School Kidz Science curriculum which includes both science and math components. Having a more in-depth curriculum will encourage more children ages 6-18 to think and apply elements they have learned to expand their critical thinking and academic skills. For more information, please visit

Bring Me a Book Foundation
Bring Me a Book provides easy access to the best children’s books and inspires reading aloud daily to children. It is Bring Me a Book’s vision to have a world where all children read and succeed. The Sharks Foundation’s grant will provide books and literacy resources to a total of 41 elementary schools in San Jose. The initiative will provide approximately 4,000 students with new books for their existing “Bring Me a Book” bookcase libraries and 900 parents and caregivers with a First Teachers literacy training workshop. For more information, please visit

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Child Advocates mission is to provide stability and hope to abused and neglected children by being a powerful voice in their lives. The Sharks Foundation’s grant will help Child Advocates of Silicon Valley to incorporate the “developmental assets” model into their work to help foster children in character development and to prevent high-risk behavior. For more information, please visit

City Year
City Year’s mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. City Year unites young people from diverse backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders help children stay in school and on track, and transform the schools and communities around them. The Sharks Foundation’s grant will help impact 2,700 San Jose students at-risk of dropping out. Corps members provide critical interventions both during school and after school, including one-to-one literacy and math tutoring, behavior and attendance coaching, parent engagement programming and a variety of fun enrichment activities. The overall objective is to involve, connect and engage the “whole school” and its support systems to facilitate the “whole child.” For more information, please visit

Downtown College Prep
Downtown College Prep prepares underachieving students—who will be the first in their families to go to college—to thrive at four-year universities. The Sharks Foundation’s grant will fund 15 mini-libraries (“Sharks Reading Tanks”) in its three current school sites to provide books to students, helping get them to grade-level literacy by the end of the 10th grade. For more information, please visit

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen is committed to providing nutritious meals and support services in a safe, dignified and caring environment. They provide these services to all needy individuals with a special concern for families with children. The Sharks Foundation’s grant will help provide 12,000 children with meals through the Food and Nutrition program in 2011. For more information, please visit

Mid-Pen Resident Services Corporation
Mid-Peninsula’s mission is to provide safe, affordable shelter of high-quality to those in need; to establish stability and opportunity in the lives of residents; and to foster communities to allow people from all ethnic, social and economic backgrounds to live in dignity, harmony and mutual respect. The Sharks Foundation’s grant will help 250 at-risk youth living in low-income housing communities stay out of gangs/violence, develop healthy relationships, play positive roles in their communities, and build a wide array of skills and competencies. For more information, please visit

Pathways Hospice Foundation
Pathway’s mission is to provide compassionate, high-quality, family-centered home health and hospice care, promoting comfort, independence, and dignity. Pathways Hospice Foundation is the philanthropic branch of the Pathways Family of Services. The Sharks Foundation’s grant will provide health care and other visits in home for children with life threatening illnesses. The focus is on enhancing the quality of life for the child and family through the medical expertise of the Pathways KIDS team and its supportive care. The team is on-call 24 hours a day for consultation or home visits when needed. For more information, please visit

Sacred Heart Nativity School
Sacred Heart Nativity School is dedicated to providing quality, low-cost private education to at-risk youth students in the 6th-8th grades who are in danger of dropping out of school and risking a lifetime of poor outcomes. The Sharks Foundation’s grant will purchase digital projectors and screens, and a color copier workstation for the students of the school. SHNS provides an academically challenging and highly structured environment with these unique characteristics: 1.) 44 more school days a year, 2.) 1:8 student to faculty ratio, 3.) 10.5 hour school day, 4.) Saturday school and summer camp, 5.) long-term relationships and support. For more information, please visit

The Role Model Program

The Role Model Program’s culturally diverse, positive adult role models will inspire, motivate and empower underserved elementary and middle school youth to realize academic achievement, set ambitious dreams for their future, and prepare for post secondary education. The Sharks Foundation’s grant will partially fund the college preparation and career access program for 3,800 low-income, minority youth. For more information, please visit

Via Services
Via Services mission is to help children and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, Down Syndrome, autism and other special needs. The Sharks Foundation’s grant will help the Grow Smart program address serious health issues (such as diabetes, vascular disease and osteoporosis) through educating 100 children with developmental disabilities about the importance of long term physical fitness and a healthy diet. For more information, please visit

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