Posts Tagged ‘Big Game’

The Santa Clara Super Bowl 50 People Just Gave Away Actual Real Money, $2.5 Million, to Local Charities

Friday, February 27th, 2015

I was thinking that our local Santa Clara Super Bowl 2016 people would be giving like $500 a piece to local, corrupted, politically-connected non-profits like the Tenderloin Housing Clinic / BeyondChron, but no, the grants are $500,000 a piece and they seem to be going to legitimate charities.

Wow.

Of course I could tell you what I don’t like about the Santa Clara Super Bowl (like its associated contracts, with terms I don’t know but can only guess at. until the deets get released, only after the game is over) but let’s save that for ‘nother day.

(This is a different deal entirely than the failed 2024 Olympics attempt and the failed America’s Cup attempts.)

All the deets:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact:
Nathan Ballard
PJ Johnston
50 FUND ANNOUNCES GAME CHANGER GRANT RECIPIENTS
HOST COMMITTEE’S LEGACY FUND KICKS OFF WITH FIRST $2.5 MILLION
As part of the celebration of 50 Weeks to Super Bowl 50, the 50 Fund announced the Bay Area non-profit recipients of their “Game Changer” grants today.

Game Changers is one of the programs of the 50 Fund, the philanthropic arm of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.

From a pool of nearly 150 nonprofits that serve every corner of the Bay Area, the 50 Fund selected five organizations that will receive this first round of funding, the “Game Changer” grants. Each non-profit will receive a grant for $500,000 to help support its work in closing the opportunity gap that exists for Bay Area children, youth and young adults living in low-income communities.

“This selection process has reinforced why we are so focused on ensuring that Super Bowl 50 is the most giving Super Bowl yet. There is so much good work being done here in the Bay Area, and through Super Bowl 50, we can shine a real light on these organizations,” said Kamba Tshionyi, chairman of the 50 Fund. “It was a tough decision for our Board to get down to our final grantees for this round; the quality of these applications and the caliber of all of these nonprofits were just outstanding,”

Together, the five Game Changer grantees will expand programs the reach of these Bay Area nonprofits, serve more than 1,000 low-income youth in the next 12 months, and provide solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing young people in the region: homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, and lack of equitable access to healthcare and educational opportunities. Grant recipients include:

First Place for Youth
Currently serving Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Solano Counties, First Place will use its 50 Fund Game Changer grant to replicate its highly effective program model in Santa Clara County, providing permanent housing and wrap-around support, including education and employment, to young people aged 18-24 transitioning out of foster care, who would otherwise be living on the street and struggling to survive.

Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)
FLY will use its Game Changer grant to expand its current services in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to another Bay Area county, providing a robust set of evidence-informed interventions proven to help youth offenders aged 15-18 change the trajectory of their lives – reducing recidivism, increasing public safety and helping participants build essential life skills to maximize their potential.

Juma Ventures
Expanding its San Francisco Bay Area footprint and building on its success at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara this past year, Juma Ventures will use its Game Changer grant to launch new concession and vending enterprises at Spartan Stadium, Moscone Center and Avaya Stadium, providing employment, financial skills and academic support to low-income youth aged 16-18, who will be the first in their families to attend college.

La Clinica de la Raza
Through its Game Changer grant, La Clinica will double its school-based health care (SBHC) services in Alameda County, expanding trauma-focused services, increasing screening for youth in high-risk schools, and creating a sustainable training model for clinicians and support teachers in trauma-sensitive school communities. La Clinica also serves Contra Costa and Solano counties.

Summer Search
Summer Search will use its Game Changer grant toward doubling the number of low-income students served through their Bay Area programs, helping to produce socially responsible college graduates who have transformed what they believe is possible for themselves through a program that integrate year-round professional mentorship, summer experiential learning, individualized college access and financial aid counseling, as well as a consistent network of support in college and beyond. Summer Search serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma Counties.

“We wanted to kick off our countdown to Super Bowl 50 with a focus on how we will give back to our communities,” said Super Bowl 50 Host Committee Chairman Daniel Lurie. “We are committed to creating a lasting legacy of community impact by hosting this milestone event, and we’re excited to be making our first grants today, 50 weeks from Super Bowl 50.”

One quarter of all the dollars raised by the Host Committee will go to support local organizations and initiatives through 50 Fund, focusing on organizations with innovative approaches to creating lasting solutions to local challenges. The 50 Fund will offer two more rounds of Game Changer grants, with the next application period opening this summer.

The NFL Foundation has made a $1 million grant to 50 Fund as part of its annual Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program. This is the largest contribution to 50 Fund to date and matches local private and public donations that have been made or pledged as part of the Host Committee’s commitment to contribute 25% of all the funds it raises back to community nonprofits.
About 50 Fund
50 Fund is the signature philanthropic initiative of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. Its goal is to help close the opportunity gap that exists for Bay Area children, youth and young adults living in low-income communities. Through its grantmaking programs, 50 Fund will support organizations and initiatives making a difference, tackling big issues and scaling their impact. For more information, visit www.50fund.org

About the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee
Working in partnership with Bay Area public officials and the NFL, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl Host Committee is responsible for Super Bowl 50 and its celebration elements, including the Super Bowl Village, public exhibits and planning of game day logistics. The Host Committee will donate 25% of every dollar raised to Bay Area community initiatives and high-performing nonprofits through 50 Fund. To be hosted in the state-of-the-art Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in 2016, Super Bowl 50 will be celebrated through a series of events that showcase all the Bay Area has to offer. For more information, visit www.sfbaysuperbowl.com.

Follow the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee:
Online at www.sfbaysuperbowl.com or www.50fund.org
Facebook at www.facebook.com/superbowl50 or www.facebook.com/the50fund
Twitter at www.twitter.com/superbowl50 or www.twitter.com/50Fund

El Camino Update: “AX CAL” – That’s Not Nice

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Poor Cal!

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What San Francisco 49ers Fever Looked Like on the Race to the Super Bowl – Great Photo from the Civic Center Blog

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

This shot from Michael Strickland almost looks as if it were staged, but it wasn’t:

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See you next year, same time, same place!

Until then, enjoy this folk art now installed on Geary in the Inner Richmond District:

San Francisco Gets Revenge: Huge Window Painting on Geary Shows Peyton Manning Urinating upon the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Presenting The Bronco Bowl, as seen on a giant window for tout le monde to see in the Inner Richmond.

Geary al fresco:

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Looks a little green, Peyton. You might want to get that checked out, after The Big Game.

So, Go Broncos, I guess.

Jello “Pudding Drop” Turns Into Mayhem – Dude Takes 1700% More Than Authorized – The Pink Bag Mafia Strikes

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Joe Eskenazi and Anna Latino were there early.

I dropped by later on and ended up seeing the exact same things they saw – it was as if Groundhog Day had come three days late.

It was Brother against Brother:

Good times.

OMG, Tuesday, February 5th is Jello Day in the 415! Former 49er Ronnie Lott to Hand Out Free Pudding as Consolation

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Heh:

“A special website that Jell-O has set up will have a plug-in that fans can download. Once they do so, if the winning team’s name [the B*lt*m*r* R*v*ns, of course] appears in an article on a webpage, that will be blurred out.”

That’s Phase One.

Here’s Phase Two, which will go off on Tuesday:

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Thanks Jello! (I guess.)

The Most Falsest Press Release I’ve Seen So Far in 2013: “Alcohol Justice” Non-Profit on the Super Bowl

Friday, February 1st, 2013

“Super Sunday is the nation’s worst day of the year for domestic violence…”

FALSE.

“…and drunk driving,”

FALSE

“America consumes an estimated 325 million gallons of beer on the day of the big game…”

FALSE. I mean, think about it. Most Americans don’t even watch the game, right? So, of the American’s drinking beer on Super Sunday, they’d each have to down like 20 cans? How is this even possible? And when’s the last time you drank a gallon of anything in an afternoon? Think McFly, think!

I don’t know, in some countries, when you lie you get locked up. What should be the punishment for people who make up stuff and then use a taxpayer-subsidized organization to propagate made up stuff?

Mmmmm…

To wit:

“Alcohol Justice CEO on How To Prevent Violence After the Har-Bowl

If You Don’t Drink Responsibly Watching Football, Stay Home or Go Home

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 31, 2013 — San Francisco resident Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director and CEO of Alcohol Justice, is available to comment on the toxic mix of alcohol, sports, and street violence.

“Super Sunday is the nation’s worst day of the year for domestic violence and drunk driving,” says Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director / CEO of Alcohol Justice. “But whether the Ravens or the Niners win the Har-Bowl it could be a civic nightmare on city streets.”

Driven by Big Alcohol advertising, branding, sponsorship and celebrity endorsements,America consumes an estimated 325 million gallons of beer on the day of the big game, so alcohol-related harm is inevitable.  Budweiser sponsorship of the NFL Championship and beer sales are the biggest threat to public safety on that day.

“It’s not enough to discourage hard liquor and promote responsible beverage service,” adds Livingston. “The bars need to curb beer sales after the game and police need to smartly control traffic and crowds. Mayor Ed Lee and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake should encourage anyone who has had more than three beers to stay home, or go home and wait for parade day.”

Mr. Livingston has spoken recently on fan violence on ESPN’s Outside the Lines and on KCBS Radio. Alcohol Justice encourages the effective evidenced-based prevention techniques of limiting advertising, responsible sales, and community education, but public safety measures could also include traffic flow controls and curfews.

Especially tragic is how many young people are impacted. To counter the half a billion dollars a year that Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors spend on sports advertising viewed by young people, Alcohol Justice has launched the Free Our Sports(TM) Youth Film Festival.

Media Availability:      For interviews please contact Michael Scippa 415-548-0492, or Bruce Lee Livingston at 415-515-1856, or Jorge Castillo (en Espanol) at 213-840-3336.

More info at:FreeOurSports.org

SOURCE  Alcohol Justice

The Tiny Town of Santa Clara Says,”I’m a Big Boy Now!” – An Odd 49ers/Super Bowl-Related Press Release

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

“Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara Stadium Awaits 49ers”

YEP. HOW IS THIS NEWS?

“SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 / — The city of Santa Clara is surrounded by San Francisco to the north and San Jose next door to the south. Its population of just over 118,000 is well below these neighboring cities, yet as of August, 2014 the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers will be playing home games in Santa Clara, California. Already longtime headquarters for the team, the city is poised for permanent placement in the national and international sports spotlight.

UH, ACTUALLY, SC, YOU’RE SURROUNDED BY _SAN JOSE_ TO THE SOUTH.

RIGHT?

ALL RIGHT, READ THE REST, GENTLE READER, TO TRY TO SEE THE POINT OF THIS RELEASE. TTFN!

“The $1.2 billion Santa Clara Stadium will have the flexibility to host domestic and international soccer, college football, motocross, concerts, various civic events, and can be expanded for major events such as the Super Bowl. In fact, it has already been announced that the stadium is one of two finalists to host Super Bowl L in February, 2016 or Super LI in February, 2017. The stadium also will be home to the annual NCAA college football Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl beginning in 2014. Santa Clara Stadium will be the first professional football stadium to open with LEED certification, the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability.

Surrounding this unique sports venue is the city’s Santa Clara Convention Center, California’s Great America theme park, high-tech giants including Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems, and many others as well as a variety of major brand and independent hotels. For more details and images of Santa Clara, California and the new Santa Clara Stadium, visit www.SantaClara.org/Media.

www.santaclara.org

CONTACT: David Andre
408.380.1235
david.andre@santaclara.org

SOURCE Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau

Photo:http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130130/DC51137

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Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau

Web Site: http://www.santaclara.org

Tomorrow’s Big Game Might be the Best Ever, If You Can Find It On TV

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Tomorrow’s Big Game between the Stanfurd Cardinals (or Trees or whatevur) and the University of California Golden Bears might prove to be the best one yet, what with both sides being in the Top 25 for the first time ever. You ought to tune in and see if the coaches are all, “What’s your deal man? No, what’s your deal, man?” 

Uh oh, which channel? Versus? (I don’t know, back in the days of analog TV everything was simple, remember?)

Now they can’t play at the Haight Street Grounds (good name for a coffee shop, non?) anymore cause The Man tore it down and put up houses,  so Palo Alto’s Stanford Stadium will have to suffice. Log on or tune in at 4:30 PM, even if you don’t like college football.

Here’s the lineup. First Cal

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..and now here’s the Cardinal:

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Hurray!

NB: Cal will lose.