PETER A. MAGOWAN FIELDS FOR KIDS
The Giants Community Fund's field renovation program is named in honor of Peter Magowan for his leadership in building the Giants organization and its community outreach over 16 seasons. Magowan stepped down as the Giants president and managing general partner in October 2008.
The Peter A. Magowan Fields for Kids program reaches out to underserved communities where the Junior Giants program exists in order to enhance recreational opportunities and create safer places to play. The program includes the full renovations of up to two fields each year with plans to facilitate a small grants process to assist with upgrades such as a new backstop or fresh sod for the infield.
Since 1995, the Giants Community Fund has worked with Giants players and partners such as the Good Tidings Foundation to refurbish more than 23 youth baseball fields.
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The Community Fund and the Good Tidings Foundation partnered with the City of Modesto and Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt to dedicate the Jeremy Affeldt Junior Giants Field at Enslen Park in Modesto through the Peter A. Magowan Fields for Kids program.
With funding from the above partners and special contributions from Robert A. Bothman, Inc., West Coast Turf, Calco Fence, Imperial Sprinkler Supply and Kelly-Moore Paints, the Jeremy Affeldt Junior Giants Field will provide a safe, state-of-the-art location for local kids to play ball. The field features new vinyl-coated fencing for the backstops and dugouts, new irrigation system, fresh infield and outfield sod, improved drainage, a new field for tee-ball players, all new concrete dugouts and seating areas, concrete seat wall and drinking fountain.
The Giants Community Fund, Toyota dealers, the Good Tidings Foundation and the Los Banos Police Activities League were proud to partner on the dedication of the Los Banos PAL Junior Giants Field at the 7th Street Park in Los Banos.
Late 2012, the Junior Giants teamed up with Buster Posey and Toyota dealerships to allow fans to vote on Facebook for a Junior Giants field to receive a makeover. After six weeks of voting, the Los Banos Junior Giants won the contest and $20,000 in renovations, facilitated by the Good Tidings Foundation.
The field features a new mound, homeplate, bases and irrigation system, as well as fresh infield sod and a fresh coat of AT&T Park Green paint on the fencing, storage containers, snack bar and score booth.
The Community Fund and the Good Tidings Foundation were proud to partner with the City of Sacramento and Giants pitcher Matt Cain to dedicate Matt Cain Junior Giants Field at the George Sim Community Center. The field features new vinyl-coated fencing for the backstops and dugouts, upgraded irrigation system, fresh infield and outfield sod, improved drainage and a new backstop for tee-ball players.
May Nissen Park, Livermore
Giants pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson teamed up with the Giants Community Fund, Chevron, Good Tidings Foundation, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District and the City of Livermore to renovate a baseball field at May Nissen Park in Johnson's hometown of Livermore, Calif. The site features new dugouts, fencing, a new infield irrigation system, fresh sod, infield cinder, concrete work behind the dugouts and backstop and a seat wall for viewing. The kids participating in the newly established Livermore Junior Giants league are sure to enjoy the renovated field.
The Giants Community Fund and the Good Tidings Foundation were proud to partner with the Brisbane School District, the County of San Mateo and Giants centerfielder Aaron Rowand to dedicate the Aaron Rowand Junior Giants Field at Panorama Elementary School in Daly City. The field features a brand new backstop, dugouts, irrigation system and fresh sod and has also been revamped to include improved drainage and a concrete seat wall.
The Giants Community Fund and the Good Tidings Foundation, in partnership with Omar Vizquel, the San Francisco Giants, Major League Baseball, Robert A. Bothman and San Francisco Recreation & Parks renovated the Excelsior Playground Field for the Excelsior community and Junior Giants baseball. The field renovation included installing a new backstop, dugouts and sod and upgrading the irrigation system. Also part of the project and adjacent to the field on the first-base side is a colorful mural designed by Precita Eyes muralists and Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel. This project was made possible through generous contributions from all of the project partners and the Peter A. Magowan Fields for Kids program.
Van Buskirk Community Center, Stockton
The Giants Community Fund, Good Tidings Foundation and San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito, in association with Delta Bluegrass Company, renovated two baseball fields at the Van Buskirk Community Center. This project, valued at $250,000, included the upgrading of the field's irrigation system, installing new fencing and cement work, and replacing the sod and infield dirt. The Stockton fields will not only serve as the new home for Junior Giants players but will also be utilized throughout the year by organizations including the City of Stockton Parks & Recreation, local schools and other community-based youth sports leagues.
Haina, Dominican Republic
The Giants Community Fund, in partnership with Chevron and former Giants outfielder Moises Alou, renovated four fields in honor of the Alou family at the Hogar Escuela Santo Domingo Savio in the Alou family's hometown of Haina, Dominican Republic. The renovation included the upgrading of the drainage and irrigation systems, the installation of new fencing and backstops as well as the replacement of the sod and infield dirt. This special field renovation is the first to be conducted by the Community Fund outside of the Junior Giants baseball program territory.
Nicholl Park, Richmond
The Giants Community Fund and the Good Tidings Foundation together with first-time field partners Chevron Richmond Refinery and Giants pitcher Armando Benitez renovated the Junior Giants Field at Nicholl Park. The project included the upgrading of the field's irrigation system, installing new fencing and cement work and replacing the sod and infield dirt. The field will serve as the home for Junior Giants players and will be utilized throughout the year by the Richmond Police Activities League (PAL), local schools and other community-based youth sports leagues.
Milton Meyer Recreation Center, San Francisco
The Giants Community Fund and Good Tidings Foundation were pleased to once again work with Applied Materials on a field renovation. This year, pitcher Kirk Rueter joined as a significant donor to the project. The field renovation was also supported by a number of community partners including Mayor Gavin Newsom, the American Fence Association CFCA Chapter, the San Francisco City Attorney's office, the San Francisco Police Department, the San Francisco Housing Authority, the Olympic Club Foundation and the Bayview Rotary Club.
John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Daly City
This field is dedicated to the memory of Bobby Bonds and is the second venture combining the resources of Applied Materials with the Giants Community Fund and Good Tidings Foundation. The Jefferson School District and the City of Daly City have also stepped up to the plate with funds and materials to complete the project and will help maintain the field.
The Selma Olinder field renovation marks the initial collaboration between corporate supporter Applied Materials and the Giants Community Fund. As a strong ally of community development projects, Applied Materials is a natural supporter of the Giants Community Fund and the Junior Giants. The Good Tidings Foundation, San Jose Unified School District and Selma Olinder Elementary School also played instrumental roles in the renovation and will continue to support expanded programs for underserved youth at this new field.
Barry Bonds Junior Giants Field is a tee-ball field across from the big league ballpark, sponsored by the Giants Community Fund, the Good Tidings Foundation and the Barry Bonds Family Foundation. The field serves as home to the San Francisco Junior Giants tee-ball league as well as challenger leagues (for those with disabilities) and is available for kids of all ages to enjoy.
East Palo Alto
The Giants Community Fund, the Good Tidings Foundation and Jason Schmidt partnered to contribute $100,000 for the refurbishment of the baseball field at Jack Farrell Park, including sod, irrigation, basepath cinder, fencing, backstop and concrete work.
The Giants Community Fund and the Good Tidings Foundation partnered to finance and manage the complete refurbishment of the baseball field at Selby Lane School, including sod, irrigation, basepath cinder, fencing, backstop and cement work.
The Giants Community Fund, the Good Tidings Foundation, and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department funded $300,000 worth of improvements to the three-field, baseball complex at Crocker Amazon Park. In the heavily used park near the Cow Palace, we added new sod, basepath cinder, fencing, paint and a dual-sided scoreboard.