San Francisco Giants Community Fund Hosts Junior Giants Day

WHAT:           The Giants Community Fund will welcome more than 4,000 Junior Giants players and coaches to the ballpark for the annual Junior Giants Day celebration. Junior Giants will participate in a pre-game parade around the field before watching the San Francisco Giants take on the Colorado Rockies.   During the pregame ceremony, Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey will recognize the Junior Giants "Willie Mac" Awardees for their outstanding contributions and participation throughout the season.

WHEN:           Sunday August 11, 2012

                        12:00 P.M. (Junior Giants Parade)

                        12:45 P.M. (Junior Giants Willie Mac Award Home Plate Ceremony)


WHERE:         AT&T Park – Field Level

  Members of the press interested in covering the event must be credentialed 24 hours in advance of the event.  Please contact Maria Jacinto at (415) 972-2447 or to request credentials.

WHY:              The Junior Giants Willie Mac Award, named in honor of Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, is the "junior" version of the annual award given to a Giants player by his teammates. The award is presented to the players who best exemplify the Junior Giants Four Bases of Character Development: Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork.

This year the Giants Community Fund will present Willie Mac Awards to 50 members from the Giants Community Funds’ leagues.

•             Seth Reyes, Atwater

•             Mosiah Concha, Bayview

•             Miles Keesey, Chico

•             Dylan Speers, Cottonwood

•             Rommel Solana, Daly City

•             Adrian Gonzalez, Sacramento

•             Marquise Reid, East Palo Alto

•             Christopher Stevens, Feather River

•             Eddy Perez, Gilroy

•             Anthony Hernandez, Hayward

•             Miguel Vela, Huron

•             Mikey Camacho, Lake County

•             Tavyn Chandler, Live Oak

•             Savannah Flores, Lompoc

•             Yoshi Monobe, Los Banos

•             Emily Chrasta, Los Molinos

•             Nate Anderson, Medford

•             Francis Villanueva Jr., Milpitas

•             Pete Alvarez, Modesto

•             Andre Hinojos, Monterey County

•             Elizabeth Esquivel, Morgan Hill

•             Nicole Jones, Mt. Shasta

•             Matthew Battle, North Sacramento

•             Ryan Harvel, Paso Robles

•             Jesus Cano Hernandez, Pittsburg

•             Katie Connor, Plumas Lake

•             Melanie Sweeney, Porterville

•             Maria Nunez, Rancho Tehama

•             Hayley Preheim, Reedley

•             Kate Xiong, Sacramento

•             Abel Garcia, Salinas

•             Erick Sullivan, San Bruno

•             Natalie Ruiz, San Jose

•             Sophie Pettis, San Luis Obispo

•             Chisa Matsumoto, San Mateo

•             Anthony Gonzalez, San Rafael

•             Danielle Sanchez, Sanger

•             Nathan Elcaro, Santa Cruz

•             Justice Alcantar, SF PAL

•             Anthony Dizon, South San Francisco

•             Rene Rodriguez, Stockton

•             Xavier Allen, Suisun City

•             Christian Diez, Tracy

•             Connor Snodgrass, Ukiah

•             Andrew Volk, Vallejo

•             Frankie Glaviano, West Sacramento

•             Taylor Pardue, Willits

•             Jason Hayes, Yolo County

The Giants Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, collaborates with the San Francisco Giants by using baseball as a forum to encourage underserved youth and their families to live healthy, productive lives.  The Fund supports Junior Giants leagues throughout Northern California, Nevada and Oregon and provides assistance to targeted community initiatives in the areas of education, health and violence prevention.  Since its inception in 1991, the Fund has donated more than $14 million to various community programs.