The Giants Community Fund recognizes the important role that education plays in the lives of youth. The Fund offers numerous programs that reach out to students, teachers and educational organizations.
Each year, ten $2,500 scholarships are given out to eighth-grade participants of the Junior Giants program based on leadership, character, academic potential and Junior Giants involvement. The Harmon and Sue Burns Scholars program is named in honor of the late Giants owners Harmon and Sue Burns. Both Harmon and Sue were generous supporters of the Giants Community Fund and Sue was a highly dedicated member of the Fund's Education Committee.
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Education Day at AT&T Park recognizes both the incoming and graduating classes of Harmon and Sue Burns Scholars. Before going on the field for a pre-game ceremony, the scholars and their families learn more about the importance of education during a pregame reception with Giants representatives. Education grants are announced and presented that day to area non-profit organizations.
The Giants Community Fund is proud to offer a summer reading program for all Junior Giants players. The Round the Bases Reading Program is designed to encourage Junior Giants to read during the summer months. The achievement levels follow a baseball diamond and after each base is completed, players earn Giants-branded awards.
The criteria for each level is as follows:
The guidelines and scorecard are included in the Junior Giants Handbooks that are distributed to all participants.
Understanding the importance of public library resources in the promotion of literacy, the Giants Community Fund provided a $25,000 naming grant to the Children's Area of the Mission Bay Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. The Fund developed an exhibit for the Children's Area entitled "Favorite Books of Giants Families," which showcases children's books donated by Giants wives and players.
The Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team (B.A.A.S.S.T.) was formed in 1996 as a partnership among the Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks, Oakland A's, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and the San Francisco Giants. Starting this year, the franchises welcome the Earthquakes as a partner in the program. Through this program, now seven deserving high school seniors are awarded a $3,000 college scholarship and are recognized at pregame ceremonies hosted by each of the Bay Area professional teams. Each year, the Giants Community Fund provides funding for this program and recognizes a B.A.A.S.S.T. recipient from San Francisco or Sonoma County on behalf of the San Francisco Giants.