Marshawn Lynch’s Fam 1st Family Foundation Football Camp July 9-11, 2015

The man, the myth, the BEAST.  Fanlime spent the weekend with Superbowl Champion and Seattle Seahawk’s all star running back Marshawn Lynch (aka BEASTMODE) to talk about his Oakland roots, the Fam 1st Family Foundation he founded with cousin Josh Johnson and his exclusive BeastMode collaborations with sports street wear brand Hall of Fame, the cutting edge performance brand ICNY, and the legendary Bay Area Hip-Hop crew, Hieroglyphics.

Fam 1st Family Foundation Football Camp

 

Talent show

July 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, July 9, 2015. Talent show
Held at Oakland Tech High School  Auditorium
4351 Broadway Oakland, CA
5pm-9pm Admission  $5 (4 under free)

Family Bowl Night (Albany Bowl)

July 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, July 10, 2015
Family Bowl Night (Albany Bowl)
540 San Pablo Ave Albany, Ca
5pm -9pm
Presale Admission  $20
Door Admission  $30

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Annual Football Camp

July 11

Saturday July 11,2015
Annual Football Camp
Oakland Tech
4351 Broadway Oakland, Ca
Admission Free

Pre-Registration Online
Check in at 8am-9am (ages 6-12)
Check in at 12-1pm (ages13-18)

After Party

July 11 @ 10:00 pm – July 12 @ 2:00 am

After Party
July 11th
10pm -2pm
Location:  TBA
$20 Admission

 

  

  

Fam 1st Family Foundation Talent Show

   

 

MARSHAWN LYNCH

Aside from his profession as a running back for the Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch is, in most ways, a typical American. Like anyone else, the lineaments of his success are consistent with the status symbols of his childhood and hometown. Like many good kids, he was a dreamer who wanted to grow up to help his family. Like many good men, his true heart is not for public view, and like many famous people, he’s wary of your motives.

A combination of these attributes earned Marshawn a $100,000 fine from the NFL last November for not interacting with the media. While not required by the Seattle Seahawks—Pete Carroll certainly doesn’t care if Marshawn talks to the press or not—the NFL, as part of its assiduous image maintenance, demands that its marquee players routinely supply the media with content. You don’t have to watch football to guess that most of this patter is the verbal equivalent of a store-bought Halloween costume, and because variations from this banal pattern often receive undeserved, rabid scrutiny, an enforced vapidity has long been the norm among athletes and their image managers. One should not critique Marshawn for wanting no part of this.

“He cares a lot more about his teammates than people think. He cares a lot more about this game than people think,” former Seahawk fullback Michael Robinson tells the Seattle Times. “He’s just not a guy that’s going to do it for the camera. That’s how he is.”

While he’s willing to perform when he calls the shots (as with his recent endorsement dealwith Skittles, his favorite candy going back to childhood) his scant press interviews usually range from curt to succinct. NFL Network reporter Deion Sanders happened into what qualifies asMarshawn Lynch (Kurt Rogers, San Francisco Chronicle)Marshawn’s mission statement when Marshawn told him, “I’m all about that action, boss … I ain’t never seen no talking that ever mean nothing. Been like that since I was little. I was raised like that.”

Marshawn’s “action” also happens to speak volumes. Nicknamed “Beast Mode” since his teenage years, Marshawn has an unusual talent for breaking tackles and finding an extra gear, perhaps best exemplified by this astonishing runagainst the New Orleans Saints a few years back. Seahawks fans love the guy; they’ve made his jersey one of the top-selling in football and caused Seattle-wide Skittles shortages in the lead-up to last year’s Super Bowl. These exploits make him worthy of the attention—if he wanted it.

Perhaps in retaliation, the media hasn’t downplayed Marshawn’s indiscretions and scrapes with the law, which mostly happened while he was a young player on his first team, the Buffalo Bills. He’s endured a hit-and-run charge he incurred while rolling through Buffalo’s bar district, a misdemeanor weapons charge, a DUI, and a citation for playing loud music—while in the Bills’ stadium parking lot.

“I would like to see them (critics) grow up in project housing authorities, being racially profiled growing up, sometimes not even having nothing to eat, sometimes having to wear the same damn clothes to school for a whole week,” Marshawn told Jeffri Chadiha, in a rare interview for ESPN E:60. “Then all of a sudden a big-ass change in their life, like their dream come true, to the point they’re starting their career, at 20 years old, when they still don’t know shit. I would like to see some of the mistakes they would make.”

Characteristically, Marshawn will not often talk about his difficult upbringing in a dangerous Oakland neighborhood. Marshawn’s mom, Delisa Lynch, a single parent working two jobs, struggled to support Marshawn and his siblings, and couldn’t often be around to keep them out of trouble or be there when someone let them down. Also, she permitted, but did not encourage, Marshawn’s relationship with his biological father, Maurice Sapp. “He chose a different lifestyle than what I wanted,” she says. “And let’s leave it at that.”

Marshawn badly wanted to spend time with his dad, however, and Maurice was around until Marshawn was eleven, doing things like taking him to church, but then got in trouble with the law and became increasingly remote.

In his E:60 interview, Marshawn told Chadiha about a time he went to his dad’s place only to have his father abandon him. “Moms would be like, I’m going to take you over here, to your dad’s house,” Marshawn says. “And when I get there, my dad’s like, OK, I’ll be right back, and then you don’t see this guy for like two days or something. And then after a while you build up numb feelings to that. You start to expect the worst from people.”

“The biggest letdown was his father,” his high school coach, Delton Edwards, told the New York Daily News. “That was the biggest letdown of all time. He wanted to build a relationship with his father, and it was there at times. But it never materialized.”

Marshawn also attributes some of his reticence to the tough neighborhood where he was raised. “Being from Oakland, you see a lot of things,” Lynch told ESPN this week. “You see friends turn on friends all the time. You see family turn on family.”

The family that was there for Marshawn—including his mom, uncles, and cousins, many of whom were talented athletes, saw a lot of potential in the shy, hurt little kid who ate Skittles before games and showed unusual endurance from a young age. “I’ll tell you why, and nobody knows this either,” Delisa tells Seahawks.com. “When I was pregnant with Marshawn, he was supposed to have a twin. When I had Marshawn, another placenta came out. That’s when the midwife said, ‘Don’t be surprised if he’s an amazingly strong child.’ So Marshawn is a twin to himself.”

Whether the cause of his football ability is talent, work ethic, or an extra placenta, Marshawn’s athleticism and academic performance got him into the University of California—Berkeley, where he was a star for the Golden Bears football team and earned a 3.2 GPA as a Social Welfare major. Before he even began his NFL career, he understood that he could leverage his status as a prominent athlete to make a difference in his community, the way people like Delton Edwards and his uncles had made a difference for him.

When Marshawn went pro and picked an agent—naturally, a local Bay Area guy named Doug Hendrickson—Doug was amazed at his new client’s focus. “In the first meeting, he wasn’t asking about his contract,” he told Peter King. “Honest to God, his dream was to build a youth center for kids in Oakland.”

In 2011, Marshawn teamed up with a cousin, NFL quarterback Josh Johnson, to launch a Bay Area non-profit called the Fam 1st Family Foundation. He hosts hundreds of kids each year at a free football camp, and plans to do much more; his fully-realized youth complex will have a computer lab, a gymnasium, a music studio, and will increasingly segue from its current focus on sports. “The main component we want to teach is basic life skills I feel a lot of kids are missing,” Marshawn said to Sports Illustrated. “How to balance a checkbook, create a résumé, how to fill out a job application, how to speak with confidence one-on-one.”

“This is not a vanity project,” says supporter and current California Lieutenant GovernorGavin Newsom, who met Marshawn when Gavin was mayor of San Francisco. “I’ve been in this racket long enough to have seen a lot of athletes who are just going through the motions, just checking a box. Marshawn has a deep commitment. He genuinely cares about his community, which is inspiring to see. Not only is he going to get this place built, but I’m going to predict the doors will never close.”

In addition to the non-profit and the youth center, Marshawn also does a lot of day-to-day assistance with disadvantaged children, from turkeys on Thanksgiving and presents on Christmas to free tickets to games and tours of the locker room. Pointedly, he’s disallowed the team’s media relations staff from inviting the press to witness any of these interactions with kids and their families.

“I think he’s a great philanthropist. He does anything for kids,” says Richard Sherman, one of the handful of other Seahawks who have started a non-profit. “And I think that if more people saw that side of him, they would look at him differently.”

“I feel that’s most important,” Marshawn told 710 ESPN Seattle. “To put a different light into their lives and let them know that they actually do have a chance.”

In saying so, Marshawn seems redolent of James Baldwin, who wrote in Nothing Personal: “It is necessary, while in darkness, to know that there is a light somewhere, to know that in oneself, waiting to be found, there is a light.”

“Generations do not cease to be born,” Baldwin continues in the same essay. “And we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have.”

Marshawn says, “Most people told me growing up that I would either be dead or in jail by the age of 18. I have friends that didn’t make it to 18. I’ve got homeboys now that have been in jail since they was 16. This is something that I wanted to change in my neighborhood. I felt if I could influence one kid to try to help them through life, that’s a win for me.”

Marshawn Lynch wasn’t sure if he would attend Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day. On Tuesday, Lynch did indeed appear at the event to briefly speak with the assembled media before spending some additional time with NFL Network’s Deion Sanders.

Marshawn Lynch Scores in SUPER BOWL!!!

If Marshawn had any love for the spotlight, or even the slightest desire to soak up the fame associated with America’s most hyped sporting event, Tuesday could serve as a coming-out party for the ages.

With thousands of reporters set to descend upon the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., for Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day, Lynch has a compelling story to tell — which, in all likelihood, the Seattle Seahawks’ star running back will go to great lengths to avoid telling.

As of Monday, Lynch, the NFL’s answer to Greta Garbo, was still deciding whether to show up for the mandatory team-interview session, even at the risk of incurring fines that could exceed $100,000.

Even if he does appear at the podium, look for Lynch to give a figurative stiff-arm to reporters’ questions with the same ferocity he displays when pushing away would-be tacklers on his trademark Beast Mode rushes.

“If you’re forced to do something, it’s not as good as if you choose to do it,” Lynch told NFL Media last week during an expansive interview, making an exception to his three (words) and out approach to answering questions from reporters. “So no, I won’t have a lot of interesting things to say. When you’re forced to do something and you know it, it kind of just takes away from the whole experience of what it could be if (it were) natural. So, I’ll probably give forced answers.”

This is where I feel obligated to throw the columnist’s equivalent of a red challenge flag, if only to remind readers that Lynch’s ascent to the pinnacle of his profession has been nothing short of super. He has overcome a lot, from the rough streets of Oakland to the trouble-filled opening act of his NFL career, and the fact that he’s still standing is a testament to his resilience.

“He’s certainly authentic, and that’s so refreshing in this ‘look-at-me,’ celebrity-obsessed culture of ours,” California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said of his friend Lynch, for whom he is flying east to attend the Super Bowl. “We need a little of that, and I love his story. It’s good to see someone get better after he signs a big contract. And it’s good to see someone who, let’s be candid, has rebounded after some rough patches earlier in his career.”

As the rare media member to whom Lynch has opened up over the years, from his carefree days at Cal to his choppy stint in Buffalo to his satiating revival in Seattle, I can attest that the man known as Money is fully capable of living up to his nickname in interviews.

Last week’s was no exception: When I asked him to describe the low point of his stint with the Buffalo Bills, who took him in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft and dealt him to the Seahawks four games into his fourth season, his response was pure columnist’s gold.

“My lowest point?” Lynch replied. “I had a bunch of them, and I overcame them. I don’t think I ever had a lowest point while on an active NFL roster. My lowest point came (growing up), when we were trying to figure out what we were gonna eat at night. My lowest point came when I’d wash my jeans at night — and hopefully they were dry by the morning, so I wouldn’t have to go to school in wet jeans. Or, if they were still damp, I’d iron ’em so at least they’d be hot for a moment.”

Lynch has never been hotter than he is at this current moment, having come up big in each of the Seahawks’ playoff victories — as he did three postseasons ago, when his iconic, 67-yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints caused a literal earthquake and propelled him into a new realm of recognition.

Following Lynch’s 22-carry, 109-yard performance in the Seahawks’ 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in last Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, which included a 40-yard touchdown run that woke up Seattle’s offense early in the third quarter, fullback

Michael Robinson said of his backfield mate, “He is the face of the franchise, and his running style epitomizes what our team is all about.”

Really, though, Lynch has spent the past several years remaking himself as significantly off the field as he has in a football uniform. From his dogged devotion to charitable causes close to his heart to his growing collection of incongruous celebrity friends such as Newsom, Lynch is not the Beast you probably think he is, even though he most definitely plays one on TV.

“The man’s empathetic,” said Newsom, a native San Franciscan and diehard Niners fan who plans to spend time with Lynch after arriving in New York later this week, and who will be at MetLife Stadium on Super Sunday to cheer him on against the Denver Broncos. “Not long after Sunday’s (NFC title) game, he called me from his house and said, ‘Sorry, man. I hate to do that to your team.’ I’m thinking, ‘Hey, Marshawn’s a politician!’ But really, that sums him up — even in that moment, he wasn’t celebrating or boasting or rubbing it in. He showed compassion, which is the norm for him.”

This is not to say that Lynch should in any way be considered normal.

“No, he’s definitely not,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said last Thursday. “But we love him — and he’s a lot smarter than people give him credit for.”

As Sherman spoke, Lynch was engaged in his typical mid-day behavior in the Seahawks’ locker room: strutting around in a zone of his own, blasting hip-hop on his portable sound system and intermittently injecting himself into teammates’ conversations, invariably provoking laughter. He had his sweatpants pulled down to his hamstrings, revealing gray boxer shorts, and had a ski cap yanked low over his forehead.

“You’re gonna get the same guy every day,” Tarvaris Jackson, the Seahawks’ backup quarterback, said of Lynch. “He’s not gonna be fake with you, that’s for sure.”

Clearly, Lynch is at home in Seattle. Though he has not completely avoided trouble since arriving — he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in July 2012 in Oakland and subsequently charged, and the case is still unresolved — he has found fulfillment in the Pacific Northwest.

“If you look around our locker room, you see a lot of guys that’ve been in similar situations, where it hasn’t just been all glitter and gold,” Lynch said. “A lot of us have been through a lot of struggles, or played on another team, or we didn’t get drafted where we thought we should, or had a rough childhood and troubled careers. It’s cool to look around the locker room and see guys that done have some real-life stuff, and see them come together on a daily basis.”

Life was far less idyllic for Lynch in Buffalo, where, despite posting a breakout rookie season (280 carries for 1,115 yards in 13 games) and a follow-up campaign that resulted in the first of four Pro Bowl selections, he ultimately became persona non grata, especially after the franchise selected C.J. Spiller with the ninth overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

In fairness, Lynch brought a lot of that on himself, thanks to off-the-field drama that included a hit-and-run incident and a guilty plea to a misdemeanor gun charge. He was essentially dumped by the Bills, who sent him to Seattle in October 2010 for a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a fifth-rounder in 2012.

“I had a couple of run-ins in Buffalo, and there was probably some bad blood between me and the organization,” Lynch conceded. “So I can understand why they’d have wanted to make the move. It never was my intention to put a black eye on the organization. I’m just thankful for the opportunity that I had to get out, and I respect their decision in coming and getting me. It’s a great place to be.”

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Completing the trade became a personal obsession for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who, during his time at USC, had coached against Lynch’s Cal Golden Bears — and who aggressively lobbied Seattle general manager John Schneider to swing a deal.

“Marshawn was a guy that we went after directly,” Carroll said in an interview that will air on NFL Network’s “GameDay Morning” on Sunday. “I was really excited about getting him on our football team, because I knew he was unique and he was special and he was tough and he was a fierce competitor. We spent months trying to get that trade done.

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“I wore John out on that thing, and we finally got it done, and it’s been really an extraordinary part of our program. He’s done everything we asked of him. And he’s had a great run, and he’s been compensated well, for what he stands for and for what he brings to this program.”

Lynch, who signed a four-year, $31 million deal in March 2012, mostly stands for indefatigable toughness.

“Everything about him is tough, from the way he runs to the way he is, but he’s a positive force, and he’s very team-oriented,” said Earl Thomas, the Seahawks’ All-Pro free safety. “The way he fights for extra yards inspires all of us. He’s the concrete of our offense. When I see him do those things, I think, ‘Man, turn it up.’ I like that. I like players who can really change the tenor of the game.”

Added Robinson: “Guys feed off what he does. I don’t know if there’s another back that can cut laterally with more power on one leg like he can. I mean, Adrian (Peterson) might be faster straight ahead, but off one leg … I don’t know. And nobody wants to tackle that guy in January or February.”

Lynch is proud of his physical running style, saying, “It’s something that every running back takes pride in, no matter how you do it. It just so happens I have the ability to do it more than one way, whether it’s making a guy miss, stiff-arming a guy or even running over a guy. Everybody loves ‘extras.’ I try to bring that to every game.”

Yet surround him with a group of men and women bearing cameras, microphones and notepads, and his speech is suddenly devoid of any extras. Certainly, he can walk the walk, but he has very little desire to talk the talk.

In a world in which false humility has become so pervasive that humblebrag is now part of the modern lexicon, Lynch truly wants to deflect the attention coming his way.

“He’s the complete opposite of what people think,” Seahawks outside linebacker Cliff Avril insisted. “He’s a team person. He’s not one of those guys who makes it about himself.”

To this, Lynch reluctantly pleads guilty.

“Yeah, that’s all it is,” he said. “I’ve never seen anybody win the game in the media. But at the same time, I understand what it could do for you, if you wanted to be someone who talks a lot. But that’s not me.

“And I’m not as comfortable, especially at the position I play, making it about me. As a running back, it takes five offensive linemen, a tight end, a fullback and possibly two wide receivers, in order to make my job successful. But when I do interviews, most of the time it’ll come back to me. There are only so many times I can say, ‘I owe it to my offensive linemen,’ or, ‘The credit should go to my teammates,’ before it becomes run down.

“This goes back even to Pop Warner. You’d have a good game and they’d want you to give a couple of quotes for the newspaper, and I would let my other teammates be the ones to talk. That’s how it was in high school, too. At Cal, I’d have my cousin, Robert Jordan, and Justin Forsett do it.

“Football’s just always been hella fun to me, not expressing myself in the media. I don’t do it to get attention; I just do it ’cause I love that (expletive).”

So if Media Day, to Lynch, looms as the equivalent of getting his dreadlocks pulled out of his head, one by one, know this: Super Sunday will absolutely live up to its name. For someone so attuned to his roots and cognizant of his journey, it’s an opportunity that will not be taken for granted.

Lynch in SUPER BOWL Championship Parade

“I mean, it feels good, ’cause this is something that I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” Lynch said. “Growing up in Oakland, a lot of us never knew the world was bigger than outside of the ‘580’ and the ‘880,’ the two freeways that bordered where we lived. We didn’t see anything past that.

“Coming from the ‘hood, being raised the way I was, and having the support system around me, it allowed me to be in position to expand my world. People on the streets who’d see something I was doing that was positive … my mom putting a foot in my ass consistently … family members and friends and teachers and coaches helping me make good choices … all of that.

“There were probably some situations that didn’t look promising. It didn’t look like I’d make it out. And looking back, there are some situations where I was blessed.”

For that, he’s very thankful — in his own, quiet way.

 

Taking International High School All-Star Team to Brazil

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Coach McGavock and his teams have enjoyed much success over the course of his coaching career winning numerous championships and trophies. They have won 9 Oakland Athletic League (OAL) Championships, and 2 times Northern California Champions; the latest being the 2010 (OAL) Champions. In 2009 Coach McGavock was awarded, ‘Model Coach of the Year’, the most prestigious award that can be bestowed on a California coach. In 2013 he was admitted into the “Multi-Ethnic Hall of Fame”

He has taken All-Star teams to Heidelberg, Germany, to play games against club teams.They stayed with German families during the 11-day trip, and part of the trip included visiting and participating in a German school.
“Learning a new culture, trying out different foods, it will be a completely different experience,”.

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‘The families they stayed with took them on their routine,” said Castlemont coach Hodari McGavock, who was part of the 15-person contingent that made the trip. “(The trip) was a life-changing experience for the kids, and for me, too.” “The kids cried when they had to leave to come home, and many seriously did not want to come back home!”
The team also visited a Heidelberg printing company, watched a rugby match and visited a Porsche factory.He arranged the trip with Heidelberg Club International, which fosters friendships between Heidelberg and other cities through sports programs and student exchanges.

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“My whole purpose of this is to change the image of inner city kids and their culture. They have a really negative image that is unwarranted,” McGavock said. “Oakland and most inner cities are a nice place, a nice environment, a great place to work.”
We are now preparing an 11 day trip to Brazil in July-August 2015 and raising $50,000 for that trip for 23 people, with 15 Student-Athletes and 8 staff members.YouTube Preview Image

For this group of African-American young men it will be a life altering experience, and one that Coach McGavock himself says he will never forget. The trip was conceived and formulated by the vision to expose this unique group of young men to an odyssey unlike anything they had ever experienced in their young lives, and he has.

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We will have five games and practices with time set aside for tourist attractions, outdoor activities and Community Service projects.
We will have excellent air and land transportation, top quality accommodation with two meals daily at a hotel or selected restaurant including a night at a Churrasco BBQ Steak House, and full time Bi-lingual Guides. We will have great International competition, a life changing cultural exchange, sightseeing at the Christ Redeemer, Sugar Loaf mountains, Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches. We may attend professional Soccer Games, visit a Samba School!
The tour can be used as preparing for the season to come and can be a great way to bring the team together and get the pre season started. The team can gain the competitive edge of team bonding, extra practice time and facing good competition to start the year.
Our friends in Brazil have experience hosting a variety of teams from different age groups and levels of competitive play. It doesn’t matter if they are a young Club travel team or a Nationally Ranked NCAA Div. I program, they arrange the right tour to Brazil for you.

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About Brazil

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world with a population of over 192 Million people. It was colonized by Portugal in the 1500s inheriting the Portuguese language.


Brazil’s large territory comprises of many natural environments and landscapes making this the richest country on earth in biological diversity. With an immense coastline to the Atlantic Ocean Brazil is also home to beautiful beaches, diverse wildlife, and many natural resources.


The Amazon rain forest is a great symbol of the diversity and beauty present in this country. The climate of Brazil is mostly tropical, which is a promise of warm weather and sunshine almost year around.

Brazilian culture is marked by great music, literature, delicious cuisine. But we cannot forget about talented soccer players and all around athletes.


Brazilians are very passionate and competitive about sports but are very friendly and laid back people in general. One of the world’s fastest growing major economies, Brazil will host the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.


Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is located in the southeastern part of Brazil. The city is a reference point for natural beauty, tourist attractions, business opportunities and a promise of a good time. The symbol of this city is the Christ redeemer Statue sitting atop of Corcovado Mountain.

From there you can have a blessed view of everything this wonderful city has to offer. We are talking about the Sugar Loaf Mountains, Guanabara Bay, Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Arcos da Lapa Downtown and Maracana Soccer Stadium to name a few.

The culture is marked by Popular Samba and Bossa Nova music as well as the big and famous Carnaval celebration that happens every year. Rio is home to several Athletic Clubs that compete at a high level in different sports. They have a huge fan base due to the popularity of their Professional soccer teams. Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo and Vasco are examples of these Clubs.

São Paulo
The second largest and most populous metropolitan area in the Americas and fifth largest in the world

The city of Sao Paulo is the capital of the State which is the most populous in Brazil. Sao Paulo has significant cultural, economic and political influence both nationally and internationally. It houses several important Parks, museums and monuments as well as the Market and Stock exchange. The city is marked by several of the tallest buildings in Brazil and in the world. There are also a lot of tradition in sports in this part of Brazil, in fact some of the biggest and most competitive clubs and tournaments are all from Sao Paulo.

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NO BOOKS, NO BALL (NBNB) is a non-profit community outreach program devoted to charitable, social services, athletic, educational, scientific, literary and educational purposes to foster national and international amateur sports competition, the administration, supervision, coordination or implementation of a sports, recreation or community services program for an individual, group, association, organization, municipality, county agency, recreation district, community Federation, incorporated association, school, university, college, school district, a branch or service area of the armed forces, or not for profit youth serving agency, or any agency that is the provider of educational and/or recreational sports services in the world, to plan, teach, promote, fund, administer and/or operation of supplemental physical, academic, and personal development and revitalization programs to enrich the curriculum of basic education offered to students at academic institutions resulting in expanded employment, economic prosperity, and business opportunities, to develop the game of Basketball in the United States and abroad, and to conduct fundraising activities for the support of such programs and to provide such charitable services that are associated with such purpose as allowed by law.NO BOOKS, NO BALL, the top basketball talent development company in the nation, continues to advance its mission of working with the youth from our communities that are in need of a positive environment and guidance for their future. Through basketball development training and strategies, we teach players from elementary to professional level to develop their social and life skills. The lessons they learn, allow them to excel in life and give back to their community.
Through our programs, we have seen lives change for the better both on and off the court. The philosophy of NO BOOKS, NO BALL focuses on the principles of community outreach, work ethic, dedication, healthy nutrition, exercise, and academic success. Our organization strives to teach the youth about perseverance, motivation, team work, self-determination and overcoming adversity. The goal of NO BOOKS, NO BALL is to continue to make a difference in the lives of our youth and in our society.
NO BOOKS, NO BALL provide the best Professional coaching and offer an opportunity for you to get your game to the next level. Whether it is preparing for summer league, pro training camp or for an upcoming season, professional players can expect a customized program that’s proven to develop talent.
All of our coaches provide a similar philosophy towards the private training concept. In fact, here at NO BOOKS, NO BALL we highly recommend that student athletes experience all of our coaches because with each coach, you will learn more and more little things that will enhance your performance on the court.
Please note – during the private training sessions, the coaches provide a lot of valuable knowledge that the student athlete will receive by coming to the private training session. NO BOOKS, NO BALL coach management team truly believes that doing private training will elevate your performance on the court, but it takes time to really reach the student athletes fullest potential. This falls in line with our NBNB player development philosophy.  NBNB provides the best instructors in the Nation.NO BOOKS, NO BALL’s goal is to:
• to foster national and international amateur sports competition,
• the administration, supervision, coordination or implementation of a sports, recreation or community services program for an individual, group, association, organization, municipality, county agency, recreation district, community Federation, incorporated association, school, university, college, school district, a branch or service area of the armed forces, or not for profit youth serving agency, any agency that is the provider of educational and/or recreational sports services in the world,
• to plan, teach, promote, fund, administer and/or operation of supplemental physical, academic, and personal development and revitalization programs to enrich the curriculum of basic education offered to students at academic institutions resulting in expanded employment, economic prosperity, and business opportunities,
• to develop the game of Basketball in the United States and abroad,
• assist organizations throughout the world in setting up Sports Camps as support groups,
• provide charitable assistance to those in need helping the hurting, poor, and needy to restore and empower themselves to make their dreams a reality,
• provide structured housing and supportive services at Sports Camps for young people in the process of overcoming life’s problems and those reintegrating back into society from homelessness and incarceration.
Funding support is open to the public at large, who believe in our mission and who donate freewill
contributions. Donors may be individuals, churches, ministries, businesses, communities and other public and private entities.
The Basketball season is here! At NO BOOKS, NO BALL, our coaching and management team want the best for you in order for you to be successful.  We have added some new skill specific workouts that will be a part of your level 1, 2 or 3 competitive component.  We are offering FREE Basketball clinics every Saturday from 12 noon to 2:30 pm at Castlemont High School, Oakland Ca. for the remainder of the 2013 year!  FREE for ALL students from 5th grade to High School!

FOR All Open Division Men and Women and those who are looking to participate in college exposure events, it is highly recommended that both boys and girls attend our special tryout session.  Our Open Division will be the group that participates in college exposure events.

We encourage all NO BOOKS, NO BALL athletes to recommend us to your friends who have not yet had the chance to experience our programs.

Coach Mac, Coach Nate Burks, Coach Donnie Martin, Coach DaShawn Freeman, Miles Tarver, and Coach Joe Henry will conduct the sessions and are available for private lessons.

New skill specific workouts

1.       Extreme skills and drills

  •  Designed for serious athletes who want to gain an edge on their mental focus during the game. This workout will help the athlete execute their offensive and defensive fundamental skills more effectively in the game.  Another component that will be engaged within the workout, which is a very critical element for the athlete, will be the athletic conditioning and training which will be operated throughout the entire workout session.
    •    This type of training is the only way for the athletes to be able to dominate, to take over games, to be on top, and to over-come the fears of wanting to be successful.

2.       Post Play skills and drills

  •   Designed for athletes that play forward/center in addition to those who play guard and want to work on offensive and defensive post play moves. This workout will provide you with more knowledge on your low- post game. The workout is highly recommended for those who want to elevate their post play game.

3.       Shooting Marathon

  •   Designed for athletes who want to engage in a workout that gives them the proper training steps which will allow them to experience  a complete shooting workout that includes:
    • Technique
    • Positioning
    • Repetition
    • Game situation
    • High pressure situations of different game segments and much more.

Another key emphasis during the work-out will include athletic training aspects that focus on agility, speed, explosiveness, balance, core, jumping, change of speed, change of direction, conditioning and much more.

  •  All the professional, college and best high school athletes engage in this type of shooting regiment. This is highly recommended for athletes who want the best comprehensive shooting workout.

NO BOOKS, NO BALL is offering it’s Private Coaches Lesson schedule for your registration. Our availability is now offering more times with more coaches because of the outstanding demand!

The official Private Lesson schedule for the whole month of October is as follows:

Saturday:

Coach Mac (12-2pm)

Coach Nate Burks (12-2pm)

Coach Donnie Martin (12-2pm)

Coach DaShawn Freeman (12-2pm)

Coach Miles Tarver (12-2pm)

Coach Joe Henry (12-2pm)

To learn more about private lessons or to book a private lesson please call us at 510-394-4575 or email, coachmac@nobooksnoballsports.org, camp@nobooksnoballsports.org

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact the email address listed above or you may call us at 510-394-4575.

Thanks and have a great day!


Coach Mac

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NO BOOKS, NO BALL Private and Semi-Private sessions include:Personalized skill development
Position specific fundamentals
Position specific fundamentals
Speed & agility training
Written player evaluations and progress analysis
Home work-out agenda
Skill development will be optimized to work on player’s individual needs:
Shooting Technique
Ball-handling / dribbling
Footwork & balance techniques
Passing
Individual & team defense
Best Private Training.
NO BOOKS, NO BALL Year-Round Training
FALL TRAINING

If you are serious about making the team
Prepare for upcoming season
* Lay foundation for School/Town Travel season
* Improve performance from prior year
* Set a goal to reach a new level
Key Focus
* Basketball Fundamentals
* Conditioning: Both physical and mental
Goal
Equip student athletes with the tools to get on track for their upcoming season — for whatever team they are preparing for.
WINTER TRAINING
Maintaining your basketball fundamentals
* In-season skill training and conditioning helps a player gain an edge during the season
* Facilitates raising a player’s game to reach personal bests
SPRING TRAINING
Best opportunity to maintain conditioning and improve fundamentals
* Players who do year-round basketball training gain the most competitive edge on the court
* NBNB offers the training tools to get better and increase confidence
* Underpins the Spring tournament season — maintaining conditioning and fundamental skills
* Serves as a complementary work-out for multi-sport athletes
SUMMER TRAINING

The time to focus on raising your game to the next level
* Opportune time to focus on basketball motor-skill development.
* Sufficient repetition is the key ingredient towards mastering basketball skill level.For all those that are looking to workout please contact coachmac@nobooksnoballsports.org, or camp@nobooksnoballsports.org 510-394-4575, with any additional questions.
NO BOOKS, NO BALL Basketball Camp STEM Educational ModelOur educational model is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) based program that incorporates Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Problem Solving, and Transitional Readiness in the curriculum.  This program will expose the students to cutting edge information and procedures as well as improve on their fundamental academic skills.  We are very excited about this forward thinking program and believe that it will begin to prepare the students for the ever changing educational and career environment.
Each class we be led by a qualified instructor and also feature an instructor’s aide for added hands on support.
Utilize the versatile and unique qualities of NO BOOKS, NO BALL Basketball Camp we offer the opportunity for players to attend training and get ahead with advanced high school classes, SAT and ACT Prep classes, ESL classes or TOEFL Prep classes.
The comprehensive schedule allows a player to experience what being an Academy program student-athlete is like by completing coursework and a rigorous Basketball training curriculum within the basketball program.  It is designed for players who need to accomplish necessary tasks for school, while also wanting to have fun and improve their game.  The weekday schedule includes basketball training and class work in the afternoon. Class include:
Algebra I,  Geometry,  Math Models,  Algebra 3,  Pre-Cal,  Biology,  Calculus,  Statistics,  US History,  Social Studies,  Government,  Economics,  World Geography,  Spanish,  French,  Art,  Physics,  Journalism,  Chemistry,  Dance,  English,  Computers,  P.E.,  Multi MediaSAT/ACT College Prep
College admission is more competitive than ever before. Just as you wouldn’t enter a competition without practicing, you shouldn’t take the SAT or ACT without knowing exactly what you’ll encounter on the test. With a half day of Basketball and a half day of SAT preparation, you’ll be ready to achieve a better score and improve your chances of gaining entrance to your college of choice.
The SAT/College Prep class is taught for four hours per day in small class sizes. It covers all the SAT/ACT topics including Algebra, Geometry, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Rhetorical Writing, Current Events and Writing and Style.

Basketball Camp with English Options
NO BOOKS, NO BALL Basketball Camp offers two options for our international participants who wish to improve their English and their sport at the same time.
Academic English/TOEFL Prep Sport Camp:  For participants age 15-19 who wish to prepare for an exam in their home country or for entrance into an American university.   After a half-day of sports exercises and drills,  participants will study reading/writing, academic test preparation and practice,  sample TOEFL exams,  and develop their advanced English skills.
English as a Second Language Sport Camp:  For participants 8 – 19, a half-day of sport drills and a half-day of fun English activities focusing on vocabulary development.   Fun interactive activities are combined with field trips and weekly vocabulary/grammar  units on topics of general interest such as sports and recreation, food , health, the environment and travel.
These programs are designed for visitors to the United States and no I-20s are issued for these programs.

No Books, No Ball Academic Services*Monitor the academic progress of student-athletes on a regular basis
*Maintain a specialized tutoring staff available to student-athletes
*Maintain a feedback system throughout the semester requesting professors to provide information concerning academic progress of student-athletes
*Provide supervised study environment where student-athletes may meet tutors, work in small groups, and study in a quiet atmosphere
*Coordinate various educational workshops throughout the semesterInformation Services
*Disseminate information on all aspects of No Books, No Ball and give referral assistance when deemed necessary
*Inform student-athletes of academic progress each semester
*Refer student-athletes to the appropriate source for graduation status

Counseling Services
*Plan schedules each semester with the student-athlete to ensure compliance with the Oakland Athletic League Rules and Oakland School District Regulations
*Provide assistance in choice of major and career counseling
*Counsel individuals concerning problems of a personal or academic nature

Developmental Services
*Support in making a smooth transition to life as a student-athlete
*   *Making the transition from high school to university academics
*   *Learning appropriate and effective advocacy skills
*   *Developing strategies for balanced growth and development
*Support in learning skills and strategies necessary for success in the college classroom
*   *Private consultation with the Learning Specialist
*   *Informal reading and study skills assessment
*   *Communication and coordination with Academic Department Advisers
*Support in making the most effective use of tutors
*   *Developing effective strategies for use of content area tutoring
*   *Communication with tutors to monitor progress and to consistently support skill and strategy development

Other Services
*Serve as the liaison with the Dean of Students for issues regarding academic and other misconduct
*Provide counseling for any issue regarding transition to high school and college life, academics, and athletically related issues
*Serve as liaison with Social Services Programs

NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares

NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares is a non-profit community outreach program dedicated to serving our community. It is founded on the principals of teamwork, not only on the basketball court, but also in our community. Athletes learn more is achieved, the task made easier, when individuals come together to form a collective unit. The experience has a greater influence on all members, both receiving and giving.
In these difficult times, it is necessary for us to extend a hand, and use the talents and gifts that we have, to improve the life of others in our community. NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares promotes the giving of time, money and tangible goods. Volunteering at organizations that need the help of physical hands is encouraged.
The hope of NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares is to not only help others, but for our players to understand these core principles of respect, teamwork, and community involvement. Adopting these values can improve the lives of our student-athletes on the basketball court. However, perhaps even more importantly, they can be transferred into the classroom, and in everyday scenarios that call for strong, confident behavior.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
-The Reverend Martin Luther King JRThis statement is essentially the mission of NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares.
“When our players help those in our community, they feel the reward that comes with community service. This initiative encourages positive behavior. It will have a profound impact on those who interact with our student-athletes.”
-Hodari McGavock, Founder of NO BOOKS, NO BALLNO BOOKS, NO BALL Supplemental & Emergency

Food DistributionWe began our supplemental and emergency food distribution program in the Fall of 2004 with the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation. Boxes of Food is designed to serve the needy in Oakland, California and surrounding communities.
We provide a 3-7 day box of food (dry goods, can food, bread, etc.) to low income and homeless individuals and families (herein referred to as clients) on a bi-weekly basis as well as emergency boxes of food on an as needed basis. As time progresses we will distribute food on a weekly basis as well as have other food pantries in Oakland, California to do so.
In addition to the initial monthly supplemental food box, Boxes of HOPE will have two special Holiday distributions:

Thanksgiving Food Boxes – Each year, Boxes of HOPE, will distribute a box of food containing everything needed to prepare a Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey, for a family of four to those registered and receiving monthly supplemental food boxes. Thanksgiving boxes will be distributed the week before Thanksgiving.

Christmas Food Boxes – Each year, Boxes of HOPE, will distribute a box of food containing everything needed to prepare a Christmas Day meal, including a ham, for a family of four to those registered and receiving monthly supplemental food boxes. Christmas boxes will be distributed the week before Christmas.
Clients who come to Boxes of HOPE do not have to meet income guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and live within our service boundaries. Anyone receiving any type of state or governmental assistance (such as SNAP, WIC, Social Security Income (SSI), or SSI disability) and do not have to present a legal photo ID (state ID or driver’s license), proof of residency (state ID, driver’s license or utility bill), and proof of income or state assistance (such as SNAP, WIC, Social Security Income (SSI), or SSI disability). No one is turned away, will receive a food box as long as supplies are available, and a referral to a food pantry in their area. Clients are provided all the services we offer regardless of race, sex, color, creed, sexual preference or any other non-qualifying designation.
The funding for this program will come from donations from local food stores as well as free-will public donations of food and cash. Our Program Director and volunteers will oversee the operation of this program. This program is offered with the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation.

Gifts of HOPE – Christmas Gifts for Families in Need – We expect to begin our Christmas gift distribution for families in need called Gifts of HOPE, Christmas of 2013. Each year the organization will adopt one or more families in need to provide Christmas gifts to the children and parent(s) who would not otherwise be able to provide Christmas gifts to their family. Volunteers will purchase, wrap and deliver gifts to parent(s) for their children – not only delivering the message of hope to a parent that fears not being able to provide for their children, but also the message of love from parent to child, and the true meaning of Christmas. Each member of the family will receive clothes, shoes, toys, and food for the family, including adults and children living in the household.
Clients of this program will be chosen from those families currently receiving some type of assistance from Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation or by referral from other organizations. To qualify, the household income of the clients of the program must fall in the income guidelines set by the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines published in the Federal Registry.
The funding for this program will come from public donations in the form of free-will cash and gift donations as well as the ability to sponsor a family. Individuals, families, or groups may call the organization to sponsor a family. Donators will be asked to provide at least one wrapped gift for each family member. The organization will supplement with purchased gifts as needed. Our Program Director and volunteers will oversee the operation of this program.

About Coach Mac
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   Hodari McGavock has served as an educator for students from middle and high school through community college in both the Oakland Unified School District and the Peralta Community College District for 38 years. He has worked with this wide range of students in the capacities of teacher, counselor and basketball coach.Born and reared in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hodari McGavock, fondly referred to as “Coach Mac” is a product of the Indianapolis Public School District from elementary through high school and is a proud graduate of Crispus Attucks High, where he was an outstanding student and basketball player. He earned a full basketball scholarship to and graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1966. He earned a Masters Degrees from both Eastern Michigan University, Yipailanti, Michigan in 1968 and California State University, Hayward with a Life Pupil Personnel Services Credential as well from California State University, Hayward.The incredible career achievements of Coach Mac as a Men’s Varsity Basketball coach in the Oakland Unified School District at Oakland Technical High School for 25 years and now at major cross-town rival Castlemont High are legendary, highlighted by many noteworthy achievements, only a few follows:*** In 2012 Inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame
*** In 2011 Honored as State of California Coach of the Year
*** 2010 – Oakland Athletic League Championship
*** Selected as 2008-09 California Inter-Scholastic Federation Model Coach Award winner. A model coach demonstrates and teaches the six core ethical values: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship (the “Six Pillars of Character”). The CIF believes that the highest potential of sports is achieved when teachers/coaches consciously Teach, Enforce, Advocate and Model (T.E.A.M.) these values and are committed to the ideal of Pursuing Victory with Honor.
*** Honored as Oakland Tribune Newspaper “2002 Coach of The Year”,
*** Nominated for California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Hall of Fame,
*** He coached for 25 years at Oakland Tech High School until June 2005 moving over to rival Castlemont High School in 2007 after a two year hiatus,
*** First full-time Oakland Public School Counselor to become a full time Oakland Athletic League coach,
*** Won two Northern California State Championships consecutively from 2002-3,
*** Qualified for numerous Northern California State Championships Playoffs,
*** He has won eight Oakland Athletic League Championships,
*** First Basketball coach to ever win four consecutive Oakland Athletic League Championships from 1999-2003,
*** Won over 550 High School basketball games and is a sure “Hall of Fame” inductee upon final retirement,
*** In 1980 he founded of the “No Books, No Ball” Academic Achievement Program for Student-Athletes to aid them in their quest for academic excellence and to facilitate their enrollment into institution of higher learning,
*** Has sent hundreds of student-athletes to colleges all around the country and the world professionally including the NBA,
*** In July 2010 he took Castlemont High School’s Varsity Basketball team to Heidelberg, Germany for an 11-day trip to play four games against club teams where they will stay with German families during the trip that includes visiting and participating in a German school while there.
*** Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Merritt Junior College, Oakland, California
*** Has mentored several very successful Men’s High School Varsity Head Basketball Coaches,
*** Has trained many professional basketball players including National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Stars, NBA Scoring Champs, and NBA World Champions.
*** Camp Counselor for University of Sports “Super Star Basketball Camp” for elite Boys and Girls athletes since 1995
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact the email address listed here or you may call us at: info@nobooksnoballsports.org, 510-394-4575

Thanks,

Coach Mac

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AMWFT PayPal Flower DonateWe Need Mac Pro Tower, or MacBook Pro, and 3- iPads

We mounting an “Equipment Donation Drive” to obtain donations of a Mac Pro Tower (Quad-Core), 3.2GHz; 2-12 GB DDR2 SDRAM, an Apple MacBook Pro 17″ – Quad Core i7, 2.2 GHz,  an Apple MacBook Pro – 15.4″ – Core i7, 2.6 GHz, or a Apple MacBook Pro 13.3″ – Dual Core i5,  2.4 GHz – MacOS X 10.8 Mountain Lion for a group that serves under privileged, disadvantaged and disabled persons. We are also interested in three iPads for children with Autism. Your donation is taxdeductible to the full extent allowable under the law. We will accept any monetary donations toward this end for the purchase of the equipment.

Sista’s Charity Group Need Two Cargo Vans

The Sista’s Charity group is interested in obtaining two cargo vans or passenger vans with removable seats, an SUV with removable seats or large pick up truck with a camper shell for pickup and delivery of FREE food, clothing and supplies to the communities that they serve of under privileged, disadvantaged and disabled persons. Can you help them, insha’Allah? Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowable under the law. You donate via Paypal withemail address to Sis. Nanita Strong, N. Strong Harmony, (510) 394-5701, nanitastrong@yahoo.com. Again, they will accept any monetary donations toward this end for the purchase of the vehicles.
The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Food Program (AMWF) has helped the less fortunate for over 55 years continuously and are now serving over 30,000 per month from 19 Northern California locations!
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After witnessing my mother and father give freely to others since I was a child from the 1950’s until their death, charity struck a cord with me. I often thought, “how and in what way I could contribute anything close to the enormous good they had done so often for so many?”. My parents purchased land and built a church for their personal pastor and to accompany that, they also built him and his family a home as well.     As I grew and matured, became more knowledgeable, sophisticated, and worldly, and as my faith and religious acumen blossomed, I realized the prodigious importance of building a house of worship and the infinite blessings that flow from such an achievement. I had to find a way to fulfill that AMWFT PayPal Donatepotential within me as my parents had set the bar very, very high!

I knew that I didn’t have to re-invent the wheel as there was an incredible model  for success that I could really make a difference and give back to my community by continuing the programs that my parents had forged when I was a child! So the A MWF began with the support of friends, neighbors, acquaintances, religious leaders, community members, and businesses dedicated to helping others.     The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation (A&MWF) is a non-denominational, multi-cultural,100% volunteer financed and operated relief organization that provides FREE food, medicine, clothing, educational and employment opportunities, mental and physical health referrals, legal aid, shelter and other necessities to individuals, children, families, and organizations who lack these essentials for any reason. We provide private school and college admissions educational opportunities; assists with referrals for job training and placement; rental assistance; social services assistance; homelessness assistance; mental and physical health assistance; medical assistance and legal aid assistance referrals FREE for ANYONE whom has the need at the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation website.

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A&MWF, a public services organization based on GIVING AND SHARING, has created a 100% volunteer self-operated, self-supported, self financed model defined by developing the marketplace of a network that features high-performing results in the invaluable areas of: youth development; elementary, secondary and college education; poverty alleviation; mental and physical health medical services; social services, as well as other economic-empowerment programs for individuals, families; and small businesses.     A&MWF is pioneering a new trend, as government and community funds grapple with the recession and the challenges of raising funds, WE have forged an awareness and sustained an effort to connect those in dire need with service providers, donors, volunteers and nonprofit groups with these causes. We have taken community foundations and moved into social networking, reaching beyond static “bricks and mortar” to interactive Web sites to serve as a “dynamic virtual clearinghouses or town square” that holds conversations between those in NEED and their local charities, citizens, donors, and volunteers.     Every month thousands of San Francisco/ Oakland Bay Area residents rely on the AMWF Community Food Program for nutritious food and social service resources. As a local entity providing free food to those in need, we are seeing a significant increase in the percentage of children we serves, as county food banks see a spike in pleas for help. “51 percent of individuals served … are infants, children and teenagers. In the past, the percentage of people under 18 was 40 percent.”     The change is attributed to an increase in the number of families seeking emergency food aid. “Traditionally we’ve seen more demand for services from the western end of the city, but we are seeing an increase in need in the central part, and we even have people from the Hills and the affluent parts of town”.     The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Community Food Programs (AMWF), a multi-ethnic, multi-issue community-based organization, continues to carry out its mission of a society in which all persons flourish as it provides and refers comprehensive services — in collaboration with other hunger, health care, housing, violence, abuse, counseling, senior, youth, women, children, civil rights, employment, and education response agencies — to thousands of men, women and children living in San Francisco/ Oakland Bay Area in California to help transform the lives of people in need.     AMWF extends these various services and programs to the economically, mentally, and physically challenged; the poor and homeless; the undereducated and undeserved; people living with symptomatic HIV and AIDS; substance abuse; seniors 55 years and older; prenatal women; at risk youth; and homebound people living with serious illness. 
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   Our members, and the people we serve are of different race, faith, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation and income levels. AMWF by providing direct services, including providing nutritious food; edvocating for and participating in many relevant social service programs that promote the self-sufficiency of people in need; educating the general public about these issues, their causes and this partial solution while inspiring a consummate social conscience and honoring the dignity of every person. As part of that principal mission, AMWF works for basic economic survival security for all and the elimination of poverty by providing these services thus effecting societal and governmental policies that regulate the less fortunate to the bottom of the economic, social, health, and opportunity pyramid, with full understanding that any policy which affects the poorest of us affects all of us.     By catering to everyone we have built many allies with statewide and national anti-hunger organizations to support legislation addressing low-income people’s food needs. In doing so, we help build power in our communities and win institutional changes on the issues that affect our lives as we provide fresh, hot, nutritious meals and bags of groceries with healthy meat, fish, breads, perishable and nonperishable food, such as canned vegetables and fruits, tuna fish, peanut butter, rice, dry beans and pasta, at a location near their home that are served to anyone without restriction.     A&MWF has made it easy and effortless for service providers, donors, volunteers and nonprofit groups to connect with those in NEED, as we have received more individuals needs profiles submitted on this site. The profiles include their contact information, information about their needs, desired solutions, pleas for their need satisfaction, and a listing of opportunities to achieve their solution. We also have profiles submitted of individuals as prospective donors or volunteers, include information about the causes that interest them.     We look forward to our being able to do business together helping those most in need while providing you with incredible branding opportunities with maximum media exposure for the greatest community relations benefit and increased business development. There is no better branding than to be perceived as a company that cares for the less fortunate, the working man, and the environment while presenting a quality product at a great price and being socially conscious. Your customer feels that they are contributing to your good efforts as if they are doing it themselves!     If you or someone that you know needs Quality of Life Aid, PLEASE fill out the form below so that we can determine the best way to assist them.    Anyone can register at http://AMWFTRUST.ORG by submitting an online request form in a strictly confidential submission and they can also feel free to call the number (510) 394-4101 as well.     WE are trying to end this travesty by helping and giving for their change of life circumstances! Can YOU help Us help THEM? Make you tax deductible donation here! Thank you,

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Hey All,

Jalil Profile QRESPN will film a TV Sports Special with me on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Berkeley Masjid, 2716 Derby Street, Berkeley, CA 94705, iA.

Also, the Special show on baseball great Lyman Bostock is airing tonight, Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm EST/7pm PDT on the Major League Baseball (MLB) network.

Thanks,

Abdul-Jalil
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NO BOOKS, NO BALL Presents:
“Coaching For Performance”

Hodari Pix 5The Enlightened Coach
Coaching For Performance – Learn The Essential Coaching Skills


“When our players help those in our community, they feel the reward that comes with community service. This initiative encourages positive behavior. It will have a profound impact on those who interact with our student-athletes.”
-Hodari McGavock, Founder of NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares

  • NO BOOKS, NO BALL (NBNB) Introduction
  • NO BOOKS, NO BALL (NBNB) Private Coaching
  • Sports and Social Media Infographic
  • NO BOOKS, NO BALL (NBNB) Academic Services
  • NO BOOKS, NO BALL Basketball Camp STEM Educational Model
  • NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares
  • About Coach Mac
NO BOOKS, NO BALL (NBNB) is a non-profit community outreach program devoted to charitable, social services, athletic, educational, scientific, literary and educational purposes to foster national and international amateur sports competition, the administration, supervision, coordination or implementation of a sports, recreation or community services program for an individual, group, association, organization, municipality, county agency, recreation district, community Federation, incorporated association, school, university, college, school district, a branch or service area of the armed forces, or not for profit youth serving agency, or any agency that is the provider of educational and/or recreational sports services in the world, to plan, teach, promote, fund, administer and/or operation of supplemental physical, academic, and personal development and revitalization programs to enrich the curriculum of basic education offered to students at academic institutions resulting in expanded employment, economic prosperity, and business opportunities, to develop the game of Basketball in the United States and abroad, and to conduct fundraising activities for the support of such programs and to provide such charitable services that are associated with such purpose as allowed by law.NO BOOKS, NO BALL, the top basketball talent development company in the nation, continues to advance its mission of working with the youth from our communities that are in need of a positive environment and guidance for their future. Through basketball development training and strategies, we teach players from elementary to professional level to develop their social and life skills. The lessons they learn, allow them to excel in life and give back to their community.
Through our programs, we have seen lives change for the better both on and off the court. The philosophy of NO BOOKS, NO BALL focuses on the principles of community outreach, work ethic, dedication, healthy nutrition, exercise, and academic success. Our organization strives to teach the youth about perseverance, motivation, team work, self-determination and overcoming adversity. The goal of NO BOOKS, NO BALL is to continue to make a difference in the lives of our youth and in our society.
NO BOOKS, NO BALL provide the best Professional coaching and offer an opportunity for you to get your game to the next level. Whether it is preparing for summer league, pro training camp or for an upcoming season, professional players can expect a customized program that’s proven to develop talent.
All of our coaches provide a similar philosophy towards the private training concept. In fact, here at NO BOOKS, NO BALL we highly recommend that student athletes experience all of our coaches because with each coach, you will learn more and more little things that will enhance your performance on the court.
Please note – during the private training sessions, the coaches provide a lot of valuable knowledge that the student athlete will receive by coming to the private training session. NO BOOKS, NO BALL coach management team truly believes that doing private training will elevate your performance on the court, but it takes time to really reach the student athletes fullest potential. This falls in line with our NBNB player development philosophy.  NBNB provides the best instructors in the Nation.NO BOOKS, NO BALL’s goal is to:
• to foster national and international amateur sports competition,
• the administration, supervision, coordination or implementation of a sports, recreation or community services program for an individual, group, association, organization, municipality, county agency, recreation district, community Federation, incorporated association, school, university, college, school district, a branch or service area of the armed forces, or not for profit youth serving agency, any agency that is the provider of educational and/or recreational sports services in the world,
• to plan, teach, promote, fund, administer and/or operation of supplemental physical, academic, and personal development and revitalization programs to enrich the curriculum of basic education offered to students at academic institutions resulting in expanded employment, economic prosperity, and business opportunities,
• to develop the game of Basketball in the United States and abroad,
• assist organizations throughout the world in setting up Sports Camps as support groups,
• provide charitable assistance to those in need helping the hurting, poor, and needy to restore and empower themselves to make their dreams a reality,
• provide structured housing and supportive services at Sports Camps for young people in the process of overcoming life’s problems and those reintegrating back into society from homelessness and incarceration.
Funding support is open to the public at large, who believe in our mission and who donate freewill
contributions. Donors may be individuals, churches, ministries, businesses, communities and other public and private entities.NO BOOKS, NO BALL (NBNB) is a non-profit community outreach program devoted to charitable, social services, athletic, educational, scientific, literary and educational purposes to foster national and international amateur sports competition, the administration, supervision, coordination or implementation of a sports, recreation or community services program for an individual, group, association, organization, municipality, county agency, recreation district, community Federation, incorporated association, school, university, college, school district, a branch or service area of the armed forces, or not for profit youth serving agency, or any agency that is the provider of educational and/or recreational sports services in the world, to plan, teach, promote, fund, administer and/or operation of supplemental physical, academic, and personal development and revitalization programs to enrich the curriculum of basic education offered to students at academic institutions resulting in expanded employment, economic prosperity, and business opportunities, to develop the game of Basketball in the United States and abroad, and to conduct fundraising activities for the support of such programs and to provide such charitable services that are associated with such purpose as allowed by law.
Hello All,NO BOOKS, NO BALL is offering it’s Private Coaches Lesson schedule for your registration. Our availability is now offering more times with more coaches because of the outstanding demand!To learn more about private lessons or to book a private lesson please call us at 510-394-4575 or email, coachmac@nobooksnoballsports.org, camp@nobooksnoballsports.org
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact the email address listed above or you may call us at 510-394-4575.Thanks and have a great day!

Coach Mac

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NO BOOKS, NO BALL Private and Semi-Private sessions include:Personalized skill development
Position specific fundamentals
Position specific fundamentals
Speed & agility training
Written player evaluations and progress analysis
Home work-out agenda
Skill development will be optimized to work on player’s individual needs:
Shooting Technique
Ball-handling / dribbling
Footwork & balance techniques
Passing
Individual & team defense
Best Private Training.
NO BOOKS, NO BALL Year-Round Training
FALL TRAINING

If you are serious about making the team
Prepare for upcoming season
* Lay foundation for School/Town Travel season
* Improve performance from prior year
* Set a goal to reach a new level
Key Focus
* Basketball Fundamentals
* Conditioning: Both physical and mental
Goal
Equip student athletes with the tools to get on track for their upcoming season — for whatever team they are preparing for.
WINTER TRAINING
Maintaining your basketball fundamentals
* In-season skill training and conditioning helps a player gain an edge during the season
* Facilitates raising a player’s game to reach personal bests
SPRING TRAINING
Best opportunity to maintain conditioning and improve fundamentals
* Players who do year-round basketball training gain the most competitive edge on the court
* NBNB offers the training tools to get better and increase confidence
* Underpins the Spring tournament season — maintaining conditioning and fundamental skills
* Serves as a complementary work-out for multi-sport athletes
SUMMER TRAINING

The time to focus on raising your game to the next level
* Opportune time to focus on basketball motor-skill development.
* Sufficient repetition is the key ingredient towards mastering basketball skill level.For all those that are looking to workout please contact coachmac@nobooksnoballsports.org, or camp@nobooksnoballsports.org 510-394-4575, with any additional questions.
Sports and Social Media InfographicIt was Inevitable
Since we are at the cutting edge of everything related to sports recruiting we’ve already covered how Sports-Social-Media-Infographic-GMR-MarketingFacebook is changing college recruiting. Please review this for some tips and rules high school and college athletes should consider. Now we feel it’s time for an update.
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This Sports and Social Media infographic really breaks it down for you. For instance, how can a college coach resist incorporating social media into his recruiting strategy when 69% of sports fans–potential recruits–will check their Facebook or Twitter during meals? And you know where else they’ll check? 58% will check while they’re in the bathroom, 74% at a party, and 9% will even look at social media in church.
If you’ve spent more than 5 minutes with a teenager you know that Facebook is a force in their lives. But did you know that 81% of sports fans go to the internet for their breaking news? Or that people are 10 times as likely to check Twitter or Facebook for news as they are sports radio?Social Media is Changing Recruiting
There is little doubt that social media is changing recruiting. Coaches learned this–some of them late and against their will–and never looked back. The issue for teenagers being recruited to play sports in college is that lasting negative impact on their lives.Learn From the Yuri Wright Case
One well-publicized case is that of Yuri Wright, one of the nation’s top cornerbacks coming out of New Jersey’s Don Bosco Prep. Yuri made some ill-advised comments on Twitter and it ended up costing him his scholarship to Michigan. The University of Colorado is taking a chance on Wright and, to his credit, he says he’s learned a valuable lesson.Use Social Media as an Asset
As the IG illustrates people, including high school athletes, are increasingly getting their news and interacting through social media. The real question for athletes is will you use this as an asset or will it become something that will cost you your scholarship?
Yuri Wright got a second chance because he was a nationally ranked player. You may not be so lucky so be careful.
No Books, No Ball Academic Services*Monitor the academic progress of student-athletes on a regular basis
*Maintain a specialized tutoring staff available to student-athletes
*Maintain a feedback system throughout the semester requesting professors to provide information concerning academic progress of student-athletes
*Provide supervised study environment where student-athletes may meet tutors, work in small groups, and study in a quiet atmosphere
*Coordinate various educational workshops throughout the semesterInformation Services
*Disseminate information on all aspects of No Books, No Ball and give referral assistance when deemed necessary
*Inform student-athletes of academic progress each semester
*Refer student-athletes to the appropriate source for graduation statusCounseling Services
*Plan schedules each semester with the student-athlete to ensure compliance with the Oakland Athletic League Rules and Oakland School District Regulations
*Provide assistance in choice of major and career counseling
*Counsel individuals concerning problems of a personal or academic natureDevelopmental Services
*Support in making a smooth transition to life as a student-athlete
*   *Making the transition from high school to university academics
*   *Learning appropriate and effective advocacy skills
*   *Developing strategies for balanced growth and development
*Support in learning skills and strategies necessary for success in the college classroom
*   *Private consultation with the Learning Specialist
*   *Informal reading and study skills assessment
*   *Communication and coordination with Academic Department Advisers
*Support in making the most effective use of tutors
*   *Developing effective strategies for use of content area tutoring
*   *Communication with tutors to monitor progress and to consistently support skill and strategy developmentOther Services
*Serve as the liaison with the Dean of Students for issues regarding academic and other misconduct
*Provide counseling for any issue regarding transition to high school and college life, academics, and athletically related issues
*Serve as liaison with Social Services Programs
NO BOOKS, NO BALL Basketball Camp STEM Educational ModelOur educational model is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) based program that incorporates Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Problem Solving, and Transitional Readiness in the curriculum.  This program will expose the students to cutting edge information and procedures as well as improve on their fundamental academic skills.  We are very excited about this forward thinking program and believe that it will begin to prepare the students for the ever changing educational and career environment.
Each class we be led by a qualified instructor and also feature an instructor’s aide for added hands on support.
Utilize the versatile and unique qualities of NO BOOKS, NO BALL Basketball Camp we offer the opportunity for players to attend training and get ahead with advanced high school classes, SAT and ACT Prep classes, ESL classes or TOEFL Prep classes.
The comprehensive schedule allows a player to experience what being an Academy program student-athlete is like by completing coursework and a rigorous Basketball training curriculum within the basketball program.  It is designed for players who need to accomplish necessary tasks for school, while also wanting to have fun and improve their game.  The weekday schedule includes basketball training and class work in the afternoon. Class include:
Algebra I,  Geometry,  Math Models,  Algebra 3,  Pre-Cal,  Biology,  Calculus,  Statistics,  US History,  Social Studies,  Government,  Economics,  World Geography,  Spanish,  French,  Art,  Physics,  Journalism,  Chemistry,  Dance,  English,  Computers,  P.E.,  Multi MediaSAT/ACT College Prep
College admission is more competitive than ever before. Just as you wouldn’t enter a competition without practicing, you shouldn’t take the SAT or ACT without knowing exactly what you’ll encounter on the test. With a half day of Basketball and a half day of SAT preparation, you’ll be ready to achieve a better score and improve your chances of gaining entrance to your college of choice.
The SAT/College Prep class is taught for four hours per day in small class sizes. It covers all the SAT/ACT topics including Algebra, Geometry, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Rhetorical Writing, Current Events and Writing and Style.Basketball Camp with English Options
NO BOOKS, NO BALL Basketball Camp offers two options for our international participants who wish to improve their English and their sport at the same time.
Academic English/TOEFL Prep Sport Camp:  For participants age 15-19 who wish to prepare for an exam in their home country or for entrance into an American university.   After a half-day of sports exercises and drills,  participants will study reading/writing, academic test preparation and practice,  sample TOEFL exams,  and develop their advanced English skills.
English as a Second Language Sport Camp:  For participants 8 – 19, a half-day of sport drills and a half-day of fun English activities focusing on vocabulary development.   Fun interactive activities are combined with field trips and weekly vocabulary/grammar  units on topics of general interest such as sports and recreation, food , health, the environment and travel.
These programs are designed for visitors to the United States and no I-20s are issued for these programs.
NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares

NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares is a non-profit community outreach program dedicated to serving our community. It is founded on the principals of teamwork, not only on the basketball court, but also in our community. Athletes learn more is achieved, the task made easier, when individuals come together to form a collective unit. The experience has a greater influence on all members, both receiving and giving.
In these difficult times, it is necessary for us to extend a hand, and use the talents and gifts that we have, to improve the life of others in our community. NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares promotes the giving of time, money and tangible goods. Volunteering at organizations that need the help of physical hands is encouraged.
The hope of NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares is to not only help others, but for our players to understand these core principles of respect, teamwork, and community involvement. Adopting these values can improve the lives of our student-athletes on the basketball court. However, perhaps even more importantly, they can be transferred into the classroom, and in everyday scenarios that call for strong, confident behavior.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
-The Reverend Martin Luther King JRThis statement is essentially the mission of NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares.
“When our players help those in our community, they feel the reward that comes with community service. This initiative encourages positive behavior. It will have a profound impact on those who interact with our student-athletes.”
-Hodari McGavock, Founder of NO BOOKS, NO BALLNO BOOKS, NO BALL Supplemental & Emergency Food DistributionWe began our supplemental and emergency food distribution program in the Fall of 2004 with the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation. Boxes of Food is designed to serve the needy in Oakland, California and surrounding communities.
We provide a 3-7 day box of food (dry goods, can food, bread, etc.) to low income and homeless individuals and families (herein referred to as clients) on a bi-weekly basis as well as emergency boxes of food on an as needed basis. As time progresses we will distribute food on a weekly basis as well as have other food pantries in Oakland, California to do so.
In addition to the initial monthly supplemental food box, Boxes of HOPE will have two special Holiday distributions:Thanksgiving Food Boxes – Each year, Boxes of HOPE, will distribute a box of food containing everything needed to prepare a Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey, for a family of four to those registered and receiving monthly supplemental food boxes. Thanksgiving boxes will be distributed the week before Thanksgiving.Christmas Food Boxes – Each year, Boxes of HOPE, will distribute a box of food containing everything needed to prepare a Christmas Day meal, including a ham, for a family of four to those registered and receiving monthly supplemental food boxes. Christmas boxes will be distributed the week before Christmas.
Clients who come to Boxes of HOPE do not have to meet income guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and live within our service boundaries. Anyone receiving any type of state or governmental assistance (such as SNAP, WIC, Social Security Income (SSI), or SSI disability) and do not have to present a legal photo ID (state ID or driver’s license), proof of residency (state ID, driver’s license or utility bill), and proof of income or state assistance (such as SNAP, WIC, Social Security Income (SSI), or SSI disability). No one is turned away, will receive a food box as long as supplies are available, and a referral to a food pantry in their area. Clients are provided all the services we offer regardless of race, sex, color, creed, sexual preference or any other non-qualifying designation.
The funding for this program will come from donations from local food stores as well as free-will public donations of food and cash. Our Program Director and volunteers will oversee the operation of this program. This program is offered with the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation.Gifts of HOPE – Christmas Gifts for Families in Need – We expect to begin our Christmas gift distribution for families in need called Gifts of HOPE, Christmas of 2013. Each year the organization will adopt one or more families in need to provide Christmas gifts to the children and parent(s) who would not otherwise be able to provide Christmas gifts to their family. Volunteers will purchase, wrap and deliver gifts to parent(s) for their children – not only delivering the message of hope to a parent that fears not being able to provide for their children, but also the message of love from parent to child, and the true meaning of Christmas. Each member of the family will receive clothes, shoes, toys, and food for the family, including adults and children living in the household.
Clients of this program will be chosen from those families currently receiving some type of assistance from Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation or by referral from other organizations. To qualify, the household income of the clients of the program must fall in the income guidelines set by the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines published in the Federal Registry.
The funding for this program will come from public donations in the form of free-will cash and gift donations as well as the ability to sponsor a family. Individuals, families, or groups may call the organization to sponsor a family. Donators will be asked to provide at least one wrapped gift for each family member. The organization will supplement with purchased gifts as needed. Our Program Director and volunteers will oversee the operation of this program.
About Coach Mac
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   Hodari McGavock has served as an educator for students from middle and high school through community college in both the Oakland Unified School District and the Peralta Community College District for 38 years. He has worked with this wide range of students in the capacities of teacher, counselor and basketball coach.Born and reared in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hodari McGavock, fondly referred to as “Coach Mac” is a product of the Indianapolis Public School District from elementary through high school and is a proud graduate of Crispus Attucks High, where he was an outstanding student and basketball player. He earned a full basketball scholarship to and graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1966. He earned a Masters Degrees from both Eastern Michigan University, Yipailanti, Michigan in 1968 and California State University, Hayward with a Life Pupil Personnel Services Credential as well from California State University, Hayward.The incredible career achievements of Coach Mac as a Men’s Varsity Basketball coach in the Oakland Unified School District at Oakland Technical High School for 25 years and now at major cross-town rival Castlemont High are legendary, highlighted by many noteworthy achievements, only a few follows:*** In 2012 Inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame
*** In 2011 Honored as State of California Coach of the Year
*** 2010 – Oakland Athletic League Championship
*** Selected as 2008-09 California Inter-Scholastic Federation Model Coach Award winner. A model coach demonstrates and teaches the six core ethical values: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship (the “Six Pillars of Character”). The CIF believes that the highest potential of sports is achieved when teachers/coaches consciously Teach, Enforce, Advocate and Model (T.E.A.M.) these values and are committed to the ideal of Pursuing Victory with Honor.
*** Honored as Oakland Tribune Newspaper “2002 Coach of The Year”,
*** Nominated for California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Hall of Fame,
*** He coached for 25 years at Oakland Tech High School until June 2005 moving over to rival Castlemont High School in 2007 after a two year hiatus,
*** First full-time Oakland Public School Counselor to become a full time Oakland Athletic League coach,
*** Won two Northern California State Championships consecutively from 2002-3,
*** Qualified for numerous Northern California State Championships Playoffs,
*** He has won eight Oakland Athletic League Championships,
*** First Basketball coach to ever win four consecutive Oakland Athletic League Championships from 1999-2003,
*** Won over 550 High School basketball games and is a sure “Hall of Fame” inductee upon final retirement,
*** In 1980 he founded of the “No Books, No Ball” Academic Achievement Program for Student-Athletes to aid them in their quest for academic excellence and to facilitate their enrollment into institution of higher learning,
*** Has sent hundreds of student-athletes to colleges all around the country and the world professionally including the NBA,
*** In July 2010 he took Castlemont High School’s Varsity Basketball team to Heidelberg, Germany for an 11-day trip to play four games against club teams where they will stay with German families during the trip that includes visiting and participating in a German school while there.
*** Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Merritt Junior College, Oakland, California
*** Has mentored several very successful Men’s High School Varsity Head Basketball Coaches,
*** Has trained many professional basketball players including National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Stars, NBA Scoring Champs, and NBA World Champions.
*** Camp Counselor for University of Sports “Super Star Basketball Camp” for elite Boys and Girls athletes since 1995
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact the email address listed here or you may call us at: info@nobooksnoballsports.org, 510-394-4575

Thanks,

Coach Mac

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“He who Harms a Life, it is as if he has Harmed ALL Mankind, and He who has saved a Life, it is as if he has Saved ALL Mankind!” Who will you save?

AMWFT PayPal Flower DonateWe Need Mac Pro Tower, or MacBook Pro, and 3- iPads

We mounting an “Equipment Donation Drive” to obtain donations of a Mac Pro Tower (Quad-Core), 3.2GHz; 2-12 GB DDR2 SDRAM, an Apple MacBook Pro 17″ – Quad Core i7, 2.2 GHz,  an Apple MacBook Pro – 15.4″ – Core i7, 2.6 GHz, or a Apple MacBook Pro 13.3″ – Dual Core i5,  2.4 GHz – MacOS X 10.8 Mountain Lion for a group that serves under privileged, disadvantaged and disabled persons. We are also interested in three iPads for children with Autism. Your donation is taxdeductible to the full extent allowable under the law. We will accept any monetary donations toward this end for the purchase of the equipment.

Sista’s Charity Group Need Two Cargo Vans

The Sista’s Charity group is interested in obtaining two cargo vans or passenger vans with removable seats, an SUV with removable seats or large pick up truck with a camper shell for pickup and delivery of FREE food, clothing and supplies to the communities that they serve of under privileged, disadvantaged and disabled persons. Can you help them, insha’Allah? Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowable under the law. You donate via Paypal withemail address to Sis. Nanita Strong, N. Strong Harmony, (510) 394-5701, nanitastrong@yahoo.com. Again, they will accept any monetary donations toward this end for the purchase of the vehicles.
The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Food Program (AMWF) has helped the less fortunate for over 55 years continuously and are now serving over 30,000 per month from 19 Northern California locations!
You can listen to or download Part 1 of 2 Interviews of Abdul-Jalil on AmericanMuslim360 (AM360) by Niamat Shaheed.
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Part 2 of 2 Interviews of Abdul-Jalil, Nanita Strong and Imam Wali Mohammed on AmericanMuslim360 (AM360) by Niamat Shaheed.
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After witnessing my mother and father give freely to others since I was a child from the 1950’s until their death, charity struck a cord with me. I often thought, “how and in what way I could contribute anything close to the enormous good they had done so often for so many?”. My parents purchased land and built a church for their personal pastor and to accompany that, they also built him and his family a home as well.     As I grew and matured, became more knowledgeable, sophisticated, and worldly, and as my faith and religious acumen blossomed, I realized the prodigious importance of building a house of worship and the infinite blessings that flow from such an achievement. I had to find a way to fulfill that AMWFT PayPal Donatepotential within me as my parents had set the bar very, very high!

I knew that I didn’t have to re-invent the wheel as there was an incredible model  for success that I could really make a difference and give back to my community by continuing the programs that my parents had forged when I was a child! So the A MWF began with the support of friends, neighbors, acquaintances, religious leaders, community members, and businesses dedicated to helping others.     The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation (A&MWF) is a non-denominational, multi-cultural,100% volunteer financed and operated relief organization that provides FREE food, medicine, clothing, educational and employment opportunities, mental and physical health referrals, legal aid, shelter and other necessities to individuals, children, families, and organizations who lack these essentials for any reason. We provide private school and college admissions educational opportunities; assists with referrals for job training and placement; rental assistance; social services assistance; homelessness assistance; mental and physical health assistance; medical assistance and legal aid assistance referrals FREE for ANYONE whom has the need at the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation website.

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From left, Octavia Spencer, Ryan Coogler, Melonie Diaz and Michael B. Jordan at the July 8 premiere of “Fruitvale Station”

The year 2009 began with a tragedy at an Oakland BART station. Shortly after 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day, BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed 22-year-old Oscar Grant II, of Hayward, on the platform of the Fruitvale station after responding to reports of a fight on a train.

“Make no mistake about it Oscar Grant was Murdered, Executed by a BART cop!” That was the echoing sentiment boiling up from among the justifiably angry, restless community of Oakland and the surrounding communities that spread world wide as video of Oscar Grants execution was blared over and over on television screens all around the world. It had become the quintessential poster for the ultimate example of Police misconduct and abuse- a lawless execution as the Black victim lay face-down on the ground, hands behind his back, shot, then handcuffed as he dies- all caught on cameras for the world to see!

Also caught on camera for the world to see was the public reaction to the execution that led to violent protests, as the public “showed their outrage” with the costly destruction of property to areas around town.

The gunman police officer was allowed to go free, traveled outside the state of California until he was charged with murder and appended in Nevada after National public protest forced the District Attorney to file criminal charges. His attorney has argued he meant to fire his Taser gun when he shot and killed Grant.

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As a result of the media coverage from the destructive protests, the Alameda County Superior Court found that it was unlikely that the gunman, former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, could get a fair trial in Oakland and the trial was transferred to Los Angeles.

The last time a police officer was convicted of a felony crime committed while on duty was the early 1990‘s when Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim knew his computer store was being burglarized by members of the Oakland Police Department but he could not complain to the police! al-Hakim turned to close friend Leo Dorado, then an Alameda County District Attorney prosecuting capital murder crimes, that lead to an investigation directed by Matt Golde conducted by the DA’s office of these rogue police activities. The case ended with the trial conviction of one officer, Newman Ng and the guilty plea of another, Kailey Wong. There was evidence of the involvement of over 15 police officers in these series of burglaries of businesses and the “fencing” of the stolen property. The problem was so rampant, even the Chief of Police George Hart had a stolen computer on his own desk at the station!!! Leo Dorado is now Judge Leo Dorado and Matt Golde, the son of former Judge Stanley Golde, brother of legal analyst Ivan Golde, is head DA of the Juvenile Division.

BART spokesman Linton Johnson said the agency is “trying to turn tragedy into triumph” by increasing transparency and enacting new policies. In August 2009, the BART board of directors voted unanimously to approve citizen oversight of the BART Police Department, and the agency is seeking a new permanent police chief.

For six months al-Hakim had been speaking with and advising Jack Bryson, father of two of Oscar Grant’s friends that were with him on the Fruitvale platform when he was murdered whom also were abused by BART police, regarding approaches to produce the proposed Oscar Grant anniversary event. Al-Hakim continued those conversations with the family spokesperson, Cephus “Bobby” Johnson.

In mid December as the date for the event neared, admitting that he knew nothing about producing any event, much less one of the magnitude of the January 1, 2010 Oscar Grant Anniversary Vigil, Cephus Johnson requested al-Hakim to produce the event for the family to assure that it would be handled properly and be a success! The event was less than 30 days away and Cephus only had an idea for a memorial as BART agreed to provide electrical power, to allow for a civil congregation and alter at the entrance of the station, and possibly at the scene of the shooting on the train platform in memory of Oscar’s death.

al-Hakim informed Cephus of the City and the Police Department’s requirements for assembly permits, security, sound and stage, possible entertainment and the fact that since the event was less than 30 days away, it was already too late to legally and properly secure them without some negotiating and special permission from the city and the police department.

al-Hakim discussed the idea of having an event that would capture the imagination of the nation and set a true landmark, a new paradigm in how to address social concerns in a large minority city with many, many, complex issues after having experienced such a tragic catastrophe.

al-Hakim proposed a “Celebration Of Oscar Grant’s Life” with a memorial prayer vigil and ceremony at the Fruitvale BART station to foster a comforting environment for those in attendance without the fear of any party provoking or intimidating the other at these events; to establish a working agreement with BART and Oakland Police department for the event to be held with a “low-to-no police presence” so there’s little or minimum possibility of confrontation between the expected attendees and law enforcement; and to have all the parties- the Oscar Grant family, BART, Oakland Police Department, and the Mayor/City to make a joint press release or have a joint press conference announcing the planned activities. This would make it possible for this events to occur and conclude in success and peace for everyone. This would be a phenomenal public relations coup that would rebuild the image of all the parties concerned while garnering a cache of goodwill you could not buy!

This would put the face of Oscar Grant on ALL the parties in a united platform of “We Are ALL Oscar Grant!” It would humanize the parties in the common bond of mankind and serve as an example for how these types of tragedies can be used to heal a strife-torn city. It would go a long way toward bringing the parties together publicly, promote reconciliation and potentially foster agreement.

Cephus thought it was an incredible idea but did not believe it was possible. al-Hakim asked him to discuss the possibility with the family and their attorney John Burris and let him know their response. Cephus returned with a resounding “Yes, if you can do!”.

al-Hakim first called long time friend, BART Director Carole Ward Allen who chairs the BART Police Department Review Committee and discussed the concept for her support.

He also called Linton Johnson, Public Information Officer for BART whom was unavailable and left him a voicemail message.

al-Hakim then called Jeffrey Thomason, Public Information Officer for the Oakland Police Department and explained to him the concept of the event and how it could be successful and problem free without the police presence. Thomason also thought it was an incredible idea but did not believe the family and their attorney John Burris would go along with it. Having already secured the family’s approval al-Hakim requested that Oakland Police Department stand behind their commitment and work with the family to secure needed permits and allow security with “no visible police presence”. He felt he could agree to do so wherein Thomason discussed the matter with the Chief and Captain, got approval and called al-Hakim back with a referral to the sergeant at the Eastmont Station that would be the liaison to secure all permits and verify the plan for a safe, trouble free event.

Shortly after, Linton Johnson returned al-Hakim’s voicemail and also thought it was an incredible idea but did not believe the family and their attorney John Burris would go along with it. Having already secured the family’s approval al-Hakim requested that BART stand behind their commitment and work with the family to secure needed permits, allow security with “no visible police presence”, provide sound and stage equipment, and allow the alter for the Oscar Grant Memorial. He agreed to do so if the family was in fact behind this proposal. al-Hakim assured him they were and informed him of the present state of the event with the help of BART Community Relations manager Roddrick Lee and to further allay his fears, al-Hakim gave him Cephus cell phone number and assured that Cephus would call him and Roderick.

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From there al-Hakim contacted Mayor Ron Dellums, City Administrator Dan Lindhiem and several of their staff members to inform them that the Oscar Grant family, BART, and Oakland Police Department had agreement on the event and would like to have the Mayor involved to join their efforts in this event representing the city. al-Hakim explained how this would be INCREDIBLY HUGE for the Oscar Grant family, BART, Alameda County Superior Court Administration, Oakland Police Department, and the City! This would be a ginormous step ahead in fostering civil relationships between what are publicly perceived as adversaries. This could be bigger than Rodney King’s ” Can We Just Get Along?”. They also agreed to go forward, so everything was in place.

Cephus spoke with both Roderick and Linton, where understanding and agreement was reached and the family began to plan for the “Celebration Of Oscar Grant’s Life” with a memorial prayer vigil and ceremony at the Fruitvale BART station, Friday, January 1, 2010 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The memorial would be hosted by the family of Oscar Grant with prayers and speeches from many of the Bay Area’s most prominent religious leaders in a civil congregation with alter at the entrance of the station and at the scene of the shooting on the train platform in memory of Oscar’s death.

At the conclusion of the memorial there, everyone would be invited to the Humanist Hall for a continuing evening of music, spoken word, poetry, food and drink until 11:00 pm.

With only days until the January 1, 2010 event, al-Hakim still had to meet with Oakland Police Department to discuss and present an acceptable plan to arrange the “no police presence, civil stand-by” type of a security enforcement for the short 3-4 hour time period for the Oscar Grant Events so those in attendance would not have any party provoking or intimidating the other at these events. He also had to assure them of a working agreement with BART for the event held at the Fruitvale Station with this same type of security so there’s little to no possibility of confrontation between the expected attendees and law enforcement. So al-Hakim brought on Gabrielle Wilson, a legal affairs reporter at KPFA; producer and co-host of “The Gospel Experience”, “Music of the World” and “Ear Thyme”; and Master of Ceremonies at many events around the Bay Area including the San Jose Jazz Festival to MC and assist in securing the entertainment and speakers.

al-Hakim met with the the sergeant at the Eastmont Station twice to secure all permits and verify the plan for a safe, trouble free event. At the first meeting, it was revealed to al-Hakim that Oakland Police had secured flyers, there was a Facebook page, and emails from a community activists organization allegedly associated with the event planning called the General Assembly (for Justice for Oscar Grant) detailing activities to incite violence at the vigil imploring attendees to “show your outrage!”. al-Hakim was shocked to learn of this activity as he knew of the group from working with the family but had not seen any flyers, email nor a FaceBook page inciting violence. al-Hakim assured the officers that the intent of the family was to have a peaceful vigil and was opposed to any other activity and would do all they could to insure that happened! The officers agreed to the plan that with the Nation of Islam providing on location security and BART and the Police on stand-by, we could work out an acceptable plan for the Fruitvale venue. But they insisted that the person, persons, or group that rented the Humanist Hall for the evening event would have to come forward with the contract, produce a security plan that they would reduce to 4-8 licensed security guards, event insurance, and would be liable for any and all damages that occurred as a result of any destruction stemming from the event. Like the police, the Humanist Hall requires that the person(s) in which whose name the rental is in must provide a plan for security for both inside and outside the venue, and how they plan to control exits from the venue in the event of something happening, and crowd control outside the venue. The police was concerned because they have had many problems with the Hall operating without permits and taking proper measures to secure safe events in the past. al-Hakim requested that the officers inform the family directly of these conditions and called Cephus from the meeting for them to do so. Cephus was unavailable so al-Hakim made an appointment for a second meeting for him and Jack Bryson, the named renter of the Hall so that all concerns could be resolved to the officers satisfaction since it was clear they wanted to work with the family to insure a safe, trouble free event.

al-Hakim discussed the meetings with the family and at another meeting again informed the “General Assembly” of the requirements of BART, Oakland Police Department and the City in order to have the events. al-Hakim expressed his concern for the family having their prayer vigil as planned without the decency of a few with opposing interest to make it their event, the police having more information about the happenings of the group then he had, and for obvious reason, decided that he no longer wanted to be associated with it.

http://i1.wp.com/farm4.staticflickr.com/3390/3332614386_34f1d8a102_n.jpg?resize=320%2C213It was clear that those with opposing interest from the Grant family’s wishes were intent on forcing conflict and advised Bryson not to meet with the police thus insuring a show down at the event. Since one of the agitators who would have an interest in filming any disturbance for their profit had donated a small amount of money for the rental, it was offered make to them to remove them from the decision making process. When they would not relent, that family canceled the Humanist Hall event and removed it from their schedule. Now, without any association to the family event, it exposed the those with divergent interest to have their own event without the shield of the family to hide behind. This was too much for them to overcome, along with the fact they did not want to address the reality that they would be combating the security provided by the Nation of Islam!

Begrudgingly but relieved, they relented and the family with a few people met with Oakland Police and the Mayors office and agreed to the exact same terms as negotiated a week earlier by al-Hakim.

On December 30, 2009 the “Oscar Grant family and BART issue joint statement on the New Year’s tragedy

“ Grant family calls for peace, love and forgiveness”

As the year anniversary of the tragic officer-involved shooting at Fruitvale Station of BART passenger Oscar Grant draws near, the Grant family and the BART Board of Directors are joining together to thank the public for their continued support for the reforms taking place in the BART Police Department.

Additionally, Oscar Grant’s mother, Wanda Johnson, wants to emphasize that people should honor her son’s memory on January 1 through “a day of celebration not demonstration.”  She added, “It is our hope that this day be a peaceful day to remember Oscar and the others who have been lost to violence.”

“We want the public to know we are a family of peace, love and forgiveness,” Oscar’s uncle Cephus Johnson said.

“In the year since my nephew was killed, I truly believe positive changes have occurred in the BART Police Department and many more will come. We want to thank the public for their continued involvement in making the BART Police the best it can be as we enter 2010.”

“On behalf of the BART Board of Directors, we want to again express our deepest and sincerest regret and our heartfelt condolences over the loss of Oscar Grant,” BART Director Carole Ward Allen said.  Ward Allen chairs the BART Police Department Review Committee, which is guiding the implementation of the changes within the police department. “We look forward to making more positive changes in 2010, including the hiring of a new police chief and working with the State Legislature to quickly amend the law so BART can implement independent citizen oversight of the BART Police Department.”

“This has been one of the most gut-wrenching episodes in BART’s history,” BART Board President James Fang said. “But through community involvement, non-biased professional assistance from the outside of BART and of course the extremely strong effort by our Board, particularly the efforts of Carole Ward Allen, we have learned from this tragic incident. Our prayers and deepest sympathies go to the Grant family on this inauspicious one-year anniversary of Oscar Grant’s death.”

“We want to thank the Grant family and the public for their support, which has been critical to making the reforms underway in the Police Department and we look forward to their continued support in the new year,” Director Ward Allen said.

On January 1, 2010 BARET issued the following press release:

BART Police Have Arrest-free New Year’s Eve

BART had an arrest-free New Year’s Eve despite dealing with crowded trains and the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of passenger Oscar Grant III in Oakland on Jan. 1, 2009.

BART carried about 87,800 passengers between 8 p.m. Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday, and carried about 302,800 passengers throughout the day, according to agency officials.

Many of the passengers were traveling to the annual fireworks show at San Francisco’s Embarcadero, where BART used a “skip-stop” schedule for the first time to alleviate overcrowding at its nearby station.

 photo oscargrant_flyer_web-2.jpgStarting at 8 p.m., trains on different lines skipped either the Embarcadero or Montgomery stations toallow the crowd to split evenly between the two stations, resulting in faster boarding times and less crowded platforms.

BART also assigned about 150 police officers, nearly 50 percent more than previous years, to patrol the system during the holiday. San Francisco and Oakland police officers and deputies from the San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa County sheriff’s departments also assisted near the stations during the evening.

There were a few isolated incidents on the system, but no arrests were made.

The relatively incident-free night stood in stark contrast to last year’s holiday, when former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Grant, a 22-year-old Hayward man, at the Fruitvale station in Oakland. Mehserle, 27, and other officers had responded to reports of a fight on a train.

Mehserle has been charged with murder and is expected to stand trial sometime next year. His case has been moved to Los Angeles because a judge ruled it would be difficult for Mehserle to get a fair trial in Alameda County due to the extensive publicity the incident has received. Mehserle’s lawyer, Michael Rains, has admitted that Mehserle shot and killed Grant, but claims Mehserle meant to use his Taser to stun Grant and used his gun by mistake.

Grant’s family was among the people scheduled to attend a rally at the Fruitvale station at 2 p.m. today to mark the anniversary of Grant’s death.

BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger said in a statement that she was happy that this holiday turned out well for the agency.

“We couldn’t be more pleased at how this New Year’s Eve turned out,” Dugger said.

She thanked “our customers for continuing to put their faith in us to get them around the Bay Area quickly and safely.”

BART police Commander Daniel Hartwig said in a statement that, despite the few minor incidents, “New Year’s Eve 2009 was one of the smoothest I have ever seen in my nearly three decades at BART.”

“Fruitvale Station”

In the early hours of Jan. 1, 2009, Oscar Grant III, unarmed and lying face down on a subway platform in Oakland, Calif., was shot in the back by a white Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer. The incident, captured on video by onlookers, incited protest, unrest and arguments similar to those that would swirl around the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida a few years later. The deaths of these and other African-American young men (Mr. Grant was 22) touch some of the rawest nerves in the body politic and raise thorny and apparently intractable issues of law and order, violence and race.

Fruitvale Station, Michael B. Jordan and Ariana Neal play father and daughter in this debut feature by Ryan Coogler, which opens on Friday in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Mr. Jordan plays Oscar Grant, who was killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer.

Those matters are hardly absent from “Fruitvale Station,” Ryan Coogler’s powerful and sensitive debut feature, which imaginatively reconstructs the last 24 or so hours of Oscar Grant’s life, flashing back from a horrifying snippet of actual cellphone video of the hectic moments before the shooting. But Mr. Coogler, a 27-year-old Bay Area native who went to film school at the University of Southern California, examines his subject with a steady, objective eye and tells his story in the key of wise heartbreak rather than blind rage. It is not that the movie is apolitical or disengaged from the painful, public implications of Mr. Grant’s fate. But everything it has to say about class, masculinity and the tricky relations among different kinds of people in a proudly diverse and liberal metropolis is embedded in details of character and place.

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In 2013, the world was ready for Jason Collins’ announcement. Glenn Burke, above, lived in a totally different time.

The world is throwing a parade for Jason Collins, the 7-foot free-agent NBA center who came out last month. He was hugged by Oprah, celebrated by “Good Morning America,” and congratulated by President Obama.

But nobody seems to remember baseball’s Glenn Burke, who tried to come out nearly 40 years ago and was stuffed back in.

“How’s Jason Collins going to talk about being the first?” says Burke’s agent, Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim. “Glenn Burke was the first. And he wasn’t any free agent, either. He was in the lineup.”

Glenn Burke was a barrel-chested jokester, a singing, dancing, one-man cabaret. His teammates called him King Kong. In high school, the 6-foot Burke could dunk two basketballs at once, in street shoes. He roamed center field for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A’s in the late 1970s.

2013-04-30-glennburkehighfive.jpgBurke was the pulse of the clubhouse. He wore a red jock. He’d jump in the backs of pink Rolls-Royces after games. He invented the high-five (with Dusty Baker). Oh, yes, he did.

He was as out as an athlete could be in the mid-1970s. It wasn’t that he was flaunting it. It was that he couldn’t keep it in.

“When we’d land at airports,” remembers Davey Lopes, the Dodgers’ second baseman. “There’d always be guys waiting for Glenn. We’d go our way and he’d go off on his merry way. We’d go to clubs and women would hand him their numbers. But he’d never call ’em. Didn’t matter to us. We loved him.”

In the famous 1977 Dodgers-Yankees World Series — starring Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Steve Garvey, and Ron Cey — only one rookie cracked either starting lineup: Glenn Burke.

“Nobody tripped that he was gay,” says Burke’s longtime pal, Doug Harris, who produced the documentary “Out” about Burke in 2010. “The people who tripped off it were the Dodgers [management]. They didn’t want to talk about it. He was trying to tell the reporters, but they said they couldn’t write that stuff.”

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The atmosphere in Burke’s time was far more hostile to gays than it is in Jason Collins’ time. Few gay characters in movies. No states where gay marriage was legal. “You couldn’t put [anything] gay in an ad or anything,” remembers al-Hakim. “That was a no-no. The reporters didn’t want to write it. You couldn’t go there.”

Glenn Burke was so out that the Dodgers’ front office finally called him in, laid a $75,000 check on the desk, and offered to pay for his wedding if he’d just get married — soon.

Burke started laughing.

“I guess you mean to a woman, right?”

Then he walked out, without the check.

“Glenn told me he wasn’t the first Dodger called in and presented a check,” says childhood friend Vince Trahan. “They’d done it with gay players before. The difference was Glenn didn’t take it.”

None of this helped his career. Nor did palling around with Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda’s colorfully gay son, Spunky, according to Burke’s 1995 autobiography, “Out at Home.”

But friends of Burke’s say they were never a couple, despite what you’ve read. “Glenn never had an intimate relationship with Tommy’s son,” says Trahan. “He wasn’t attracted to the real flamboyant types.”

Didn’t matter. Next thing Burke knew, early in the 1978 season, he was traded to pitiful Oakland, despite Lopes and others walking into the office of general manager Al Campanis to complain.

A year and a half later, during spring training, new A’s manager Billy Martin greeted Burke by sitting his team down in center field, pointing to Burke and saying, “Boys, this is Glenn Burke. He’s a f—–.”

That’s when everything stopped being so funny.

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“In those days, a guy did one of two things when a friend was out,” says Lopes, now the Dodgers’ first-base coach. “He’d either support him, or the pendulum would swing the other way and he’d avoid him. A lot of ballplayers back then would stay away. Guys were afraid somebody would start saying the same thing about them.”

Cue the movie montage: Catcalls from fans. Latino players mumbling a gay slur in Spanish under their breath. Nobody within 20 feet of him in the showers.

Injured, he packed his bag for the minors — Utah to be exact.

To a partying gay ballplayer from Berkeley, a minor league team in Utah is hell on earth. Twenty-five games into the 1980 season, Burke and his tortured .237 batting average retired, after only four years in the major leagues.”Had he taken that check the Dodgers offered,” says Trahan, “his career would’ve gone on and on. He could’ve relaxed and played great baseball. But he wasn’t going to lie. He was going to be true to who he was.”

He was welcomed into The Castro as a conquering hero. “They can’t ever say now that a gay man can’t play in the majors,” he’d brag, “because I’m a gay man and I made it.”

But soon enough, he stopped making it. He became depressed. He became a cocaine addict. Then homeless. Then he contracted AIDS. He died in 1995, at 42. They buried King Kong in Oakland, under a small stone, grave No. 3171.

Jason Collins came out of the closet and was put on magazine covers. Glenn Burke came out and got covered up. The president never called.

“I’m happy for Jason Collins,” says Trahan. “But he wasn’t the first. He was the first in this new era, this new time of acceptance of gays, gay marriages, gays on TV, all that. He wasn’t the first. He was just the first who was listened to.”

You say Glenn Burke was born too soon, but that’s not exactly right. The problem was all the people born without the courage to stand up for a friend, a colleague, an employee.

Yes, Jason Collins was courageous to come out. But if others back then had the guts Glenn Burke had, Collins wouldn’t have needed courage at all.

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A Castlemont High School senior who was fatally shot in front of his East Oakland home near the school Sunday night was set to graduate in six weeks and was looking forward to going to his prom on Saturday, the school’s principal said today. Olajuwon Clayborn, 17, had “worked hard to graduate” thanks to strong encouragement from his mother, Castlemont principal John Lynch said.

Clayborn played on Castlemont’s basketball team and “worked hard on the court and off the court in the classroom,” Lynch said. Clayborn was his mother’s youngest child and she emphasized to him how important it was to his future that he graduate, Lynch said. She had just met with school personnel on Friday to make sure that he was on track to graduate and to make sure he would finish up his senior projects on time, he said.

In addition, Clayborn’s mother had bought him clothes for his senior prom and a cap and gown for his graduation ceremony, Lynch said. Clayborn’s death consequently has been “crushing” for her, he said. Oakland police said the shooting occurred in the 8600 block of Dowling Street at about 10 p.m. Sunday. They said a second male was also shot but is expected to survive.

Lynch said Clayborn’s home is only half a block away from Castlemont, which is located at 8601 MacArthur Blvd. Grief counselors have been available at the school to help them cope with Clayborn’s death, he said. Oakland school district spokesman Troy Flint said staff members at Castlemont described him as “extremely well-liked and a popular and beloved student.” Flint said Clayborn previously attended Berkeley High School and transferred to Castlemont at the beginning of the current school year last August.

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Wednesday May 08, 2013 – 09:34:00 PM

A teenager who was fatally shot in East Oakland on Sunday night was identified by an Oakland Unified School District spokesman today as 17-year-old Castlemont High School senior Olajuwon Clayborn.

School district spokesman Troy Flint said Clayborn played on Castlemont’s basketball team and was described by staff as “extremely well-liked and a popular and beloved student.”

Oakland police said the shooting occurred in the 8600 block of Dowling Street at about 10 p.m. Sunday. They said a second male was also shot but is expected to survive.

Flint said the shooting happened in front of Clayborn’s home.

He said Clayborn previously attended Berkeley High School and transferred to Castlemont at the beginning of the current school year last August.

Clayborn was scheduled to graduate from Castlemont this spring, Flint said.

A message on the Berkeley High School E-Tree on Wednesday said,

“We are sad to share the news that former BUSD student Olajuwon Clayborn was shot and killed this past weekend. Olajuwon attended Berkeley schools from pre-school through 11th grade; he transfered to Castlemont High School in Oakland last fall for his senior year. Berkeley High has had counselors available to speak with students.”

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One of the first celebrity sightings dates to 1877 when famed Polish actress Helena Modjeska attended the third running of the Kentucky Derby. In the 1945 book, Down the Stretch, it was noted that Modjeska was impressed by the Derby but even more charmed by the mint julep to which she was introduced by Churchill Downs founder M. Lewis Clark following the race.

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Over the years, a stream of celebrities from film, music, sports, politics and wealth have been drawn to the Derby. On at least one occasion, a celebrity with a more notorious background was the talk of the Derby. The 15th renewal in 1889 brought bank and train robber Frank James to Louisville. The brother of famed outlaw Jesse James and a leader in their outlaw gang, Frank was on hand to watch Spokane take the victory over favored Proctor Knott.

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celebrity racehorse owners. The group has found that the thrill of running their horses in the Kentucky Derby is as moving as any accomplishment in their professional careers.

During the 1990s this group of celebrity owners grew to include: musician MC Hammer, 1992 Dance Floor, 3rd; composer Burt Bacharach, 1994 Soul of the Matter, 5th, and 1995 Afternoon Deelites, 8th; music producer Berry Gordy, 1994 Powis Castle, 8th; film producer Albert Broccoli, 1994 Brocco, 4th; New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, 1997 Concerto, 9th; and former NBA and current University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, 1998 Halory Hunter, 4th, and 2001 A P Valentine, 7th.

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A direct descendant of England’s Epsom Derby, the Kentucky Derby has been attended on four separate occasions by British royalty. The first came in 1930, when Edward George Villiers Stanley, the 17th Earl of Derby and a representative of the family from whom the term Derby was derived, became the first member of the English nobility to attend. Prohibition was in effect at the time and Lord Derby expressed his disappointment in not being able to sample a mint julep. “You have a great many advantages I should like to copy for England,” Derby said, “but prohibition is not one of them.” Derby was followed in 1951 by the Duke of Windsor, who had renounced the British throne in 1936 so he could marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

The 100th running of the Kentucky Derby in 1974 brought Princess Margaret and her husband, Lord Snowdon. The most recent visit by British royalty came in 2007, when Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II attended with her husband, Prince Philip.

Eight U.S. Presidents have witnessed the Derby and marveled at the pageantry and spectacle of the famed event. Future President Harry S. Truman was reported as the first and was followed in 1952 by Lyndon Johnson who attended as a Texas senator. In 2000, future President George W. Bush, who would win the election that same year, was on hand for the 126th running of the Derby with his father former President George Herbert Walker

Actress Zoe Saldana at the 133rd Kentucky Derby

Actress Zoe Saldana at the 133rd Kentucky Derby

Bush. Only Richard M. Nixon attended while serving in office. He had visited in 1968 as guest of Kentucky Governor Louie B. Nunn and commented that if he was elected President he would return to the 1969 Derby. That year also attracted two future presidents Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan. No other President has witnessed more Derbys than Ford. Beginning in 1977, Ford and his wife Betty attended almost every Derby for 10 years as guests of longtime friend John Galbreath, a former Churchill chairman of the board. In 1983, for the 109th Derby, two past Presidents and one future president were in attendance. Ford was joined by Jimmy Carter, the Democrat who had defeated him in 1976, and then Vice President George Bush, who would win the 1988 presidential election. In 1999, Al Gore joined the list of vice presidents that attended the Derby. That list includes: 1931, Charles Curtis; 1937, John Nance Garner; and 1958 Alben Barkley.

 

 

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It’s nice to see a high school coach — in this case, former Richmond boys basketball coach Ken Carter — being recognized on the silver screen.

Samuel L. Jackson stars as “Coach Carter,” an inspirational tale that premieres Friday nationwide.

Here are a just a few real-life examples of current inner-city East Bay boys basketball coaches making a big difference:

* Hodari McGavock (Oakland Tech): For 24 seasons, McGavock has MacLightinggiven much more than 455 wins and two Northern California Division I championships. A calm, Zen-like personality, a cool head, McGavock is much more concerned with building families than dynasties. He doesn’t mind telling folks that Tech graduates Leon Powe (Cal), Quentin Thomas (North Carolina), Ken Smith (Eastern Washington) and Armondo Surratt (USF) are all college players. He’s more proud that each is doing well in school. “Believe it or not, every one of them is a better person than a player,” McGavock said.

What keeps him coming back? “I love the kids and want them all to have a better life,” he said.

* Dwight Nathaniel (McClymonds): A tough, no-nonsense sort who grew up in West Oakland and attended McClymonds, Nathaniel has coached more than 10 Division I players since taking over the program in 1992.

His most famous are current UConn guard Antonio Kellogg and former USF forward Darrell Tucker. Nathaniel’s most memorable moment, he said, was a collect phone call he received at midnight from a former player now playing in Canada.

“Coach did you hear about the dunk I had up here? They’ve been talking about it for a week?” the player said.

Nathaniel: “You’re calling me collect at midnight from another country to tell me about a dunk?”

The player: “No, not really. The real reason I called was to thank you for all the extra time you spent with me making me a better player and keeping me eligible and just caring. If you hadn’t spent all that time, I probably would be out on the streets selling dope.”

Nathaniel said later: “That call meant as much to me as any victory or championship.”

* Lou Richie and Tony Freccero (Bishop O’Dowd): These former Bishop O’Dowd players have been assistant coaches for only a combined six years, but they are making an impact throughout the Bay Area with their Triple Threat Academy camps.

The duo teamed with Hook Mitchell among other community leaders last weekend to put on the first annual New Year’s Hook Camp. The teens were not only given basketball training from former NBA star Brian Shaw and the state’s winningest high school coach, Mike Phelps, but Richie brought in eight professionals from all walks of life. Though basketball junkies, Richie, 33, and Freccero, 27, preach and teach real-life skills. Their youth and passion make it easy for teens to relate.

“My dad always told me that coaches are the most important and influential people in the world,”

Richie said. “I want to do this until the day I die.”

* Bill Mellis, Ed Foster, Russell Ware, Tom Bauer (Salesian): This foursome has put in a combined 36 years into one of the Bay Area’s most consistent, healthy and academically impressive programs. Foster, one of three assistants to Mellis, has been there the longest, since 1992. “We wear a lot of hats on this job,” Foster said. “We go from being a father figure to a big brother to guidance counselor and, oh yes, a basketball coach. It’s never easy but always rewarding.”

* Rob Collins (Richmond): After 19 seasons coaching at Las Lomas and Acalanes, Collins moved from the suburbs to take over for Carter three seasons ago. A hard-liner and disciplinarian, Collins’ heart is bigger than any movie screen. He donated his coaching stipend last season to a depleted Richmond school district. Collins is a superb tactician on the court and a better mentor off of it.

“Kids are kids whether they live in Lafayette or Richmond,” Collins said. “They might come from different cultures and value different things, but they all want to be cared about. I just want to give these kids someone they can trust and some mentorship so they get to the next step in life.”

Numbers, numbers, numbers: Gateway sophomore center Dominique Hunter had herself quite a triple-double last week: 24 points, 14 rebounds and — get this — 19 blocks in a 54-16 Bay Counties League win over San Domenico. . . . Sean Mosman, an all-Peninsula Athletic League receiver at Aragon, has evident shaken off any rust for the basketball season. He hit 16 of 19 free throws en route to 32 points in an 87-66 win over Mills on Friday. … Castlemont’s boys lit up the Modesto Christian scoreboard for a staggering 102 points on Friday. It’s one of the highest point totals in school history. One very big problem. Defending state Division V champion Modesto Christian scored 116. “We couldn’t stop them,” Modesto Christian guard Adrian Oliver told the Modesto Bee. “So we had to match them.” The winners hit 35 of 40 free throws, including 19 of 20 by Oliver, who scored a game-high 41. Chris Oakes, Castlemont’s highly-touted 6-9 center, had 23 points.

Timko honored: Lincoln junior outfielder/pitcher Jason Timko was named a preseason All-American by PUMA after impressing scouts at a Baseball Factory and Team One Baseball camp in the fall. Timko, who hit .369 last season and posted a 0.85 ERA for Lincoln last season, participates in a PUMA All-American Tournament Friday through Sunday in Tempe, Ari. He helped Lincoln to a 21-6 record as a sophomore which was a 13-win improvement from the previous season.