All Stars Helping Kids

This holiday season, we are excited to team with The Learning Journey, which produces toys that encourage education and learning confidence for kids. Learning Journey recently donated 200 toys to All Stars Helping Kids, and we have a fun plan to distribute these toys to Title 1 schools and families!

Mayfair Community Center All Stars Helping Kids

Last Friday, Christina and Ashley from All Stars kicked things off with a visit to preschool kids at Mayfair Community Center, distributing educational toys.   

“Christina and Ashley were such a joy to have in our class! The kindness and generosity shown by them and the foundation had us feeling very blessed. Not only did they bring us treats for our snack time, they also played with us in our kitchen! The Mayfair Preschool students and families could not be more thankful for All Stars and Forever Young foundation.” – Kim Tuong, City of San Jose Acting Leisure Specialist.

The toys will also be distributed to Somos Mayfair’s “Raffle-off for Literacy” event in December that benefits underserved children. Mount Pleasant Christian Center, Santa Maria Urban Ministry and YMCA Silicon Valley will also receive donated toys.  We will keep you posted on Christina and Ashley’s The Learning Journey toy distribution!

A big thank you from All Stars Helping Kids and the Forever Young Foundation to The Learning Journey for your amazing support of our Bay Area kids!

All Stars Helping Kids Mayfair

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On Thursday, April 20th, All Stars Helping Kids grantees joined our Board of Trustees to celebrate our past and current cohort classes and their accomplishments.

All Stars board members Karen Lott and Jack Russi congratulated Cohort II, which graduated in March and includes Mindful Life, Game Theory Academy, and Camp Phoenix, and welcomed our newest class, Cohort IV, including Urban Ed Academy, Chapter 510, and SF Achievers, which joined us in January. The event marked a look back at our grantees’ accomplishments and a look ahead at their exciting plans for the future. 

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In April, All Stars Helping Kids was honored to join Eric’s Vision at Tracy Toyota for the 7th Annual ALS Run / Walk for a Cure in support of individuals with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Over 250 from the Tracy community came out for the event, which included a BBQ hosted by the Tracy Fire Department and a raffle for a new flat screen television!

Many community leaders participated, including NFL Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott, former 49er’s player Eric Wright, Tracy Mayor Robert Rickman, San Joaquin County supervisor Bob Elliot, and Tracy Fire Chief Randall Bradley.

We are so thankful for all the volunteers and attendees who supported the event, which raised more than $35,000 to battle ALS! A portion of the proceeds was donated to the Forbes Norris ALS Clinic in honor of Kenny Perez, a Tracy resident who passed away from ALS in 2011.

Eric’s Vision was founded in 2008 by Eric Scoggins, his wife Shonta, and his friends. A former professional football player diagnosed with ALS, Eric channeled his talent, determination, time and resources toward finding a cure for the disease until his passing in 2009. Today, Shonta Scoggins carries on Eric’s passion to raise awareness and support for the issue. Eric’s Vision connects local ALS patients and their families with practical resources, healthcare providers, and doctors.

On Saturday November 19th, our All Stars Helping Kids Program Director, Christina Pham, had the pleasure of escorting 50 families from the Mayfair neighborhood in east San Jose to the Santa Train in Napa, CA. Families from Somos Mayfair and Mayfair Community Center were invited to join in the experience. The Napa Wine Train was transformed into the Santa train for the holiday season.

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This summer, All Stars Helping Kids and Ronnie Lott partnered with the Danville Community to host the JaviStrong Gala in Danville, CA to support Jake Javier on his road to recovery from a life-changing neck injury. As captain of his high school football team, Jake Javier was signed to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a football scholarship, but sadly became paralyzed from the chest down in a swimming pool accident just before his graduation.

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On June 22, 2016, All Stars Helping Kids hosted “A Night with All Stars” Celebrity Bartending Fundraiser Event, at the Silicon Valley Capital Club in Downtown San Jose. Guests enjoyed the exciting opportunity to have their wine or beer poured by celebrity bartenders, including All Stars founder and NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. Ticket sales and bartender tips raised more than $12,000, supporting the mission of All Stars Helping Kids to invest in our Bay Area youth and break the cycle of poverty!

On April 30th, 2016, Ronnie Lott and All Stars Helping Kids joined Eric’s Vision for the 6th Annual ALS Walk For A Cure. Supporters throughout the community came out to Tracy Toyota to walk, donate and raise awareness about ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), an incurable disease that causes paralysis. The event raised an amazing $21,495 toward research for a cure!

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My name is Magnolia Lopez, and I am live in Richmond, CA. I am a senior at Richmond High School. Most of us know Richmond has a bad history that involves crime rape gangs and many more distractions. . I come from a very low income family, they never had the opportunity of an education like I did. These challenges have inspired me to accomplish my passion and goal. My passion is to become a reporter/show host in Latin TV shows or even one day to have my own show.

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Hello, my name is Monica Valdivias and I from East Palo Alto. I am currently a junior at Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy. I have lived in East Palo Alto my whole life and it has helped shape me into the person I am today because I understand that the path to success is hard work and a good education. East Palo Alto is a small city where opportunities like the one wishbone offers are rare and difficult to find. My family has always made sure I understand that I must take advantage of every opportunity offered to me. I am passionate about law and the criminal justice system as well as politics.

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On Saturday, November 7th from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., All Stars Helping Kids hosted a free youth football camp at Alpha Public Schools. Twenty-eight 8th and 9th graders came out for a morning of football practice, coaching and inspiration. Instructed by a team of volunteer coaches, campers practiced cone drills, passing drills, defensive plays, and also enjoyed tacos for lunch.

Ronnie Lott joined the campers to talk about his experience in the NFL and in life, discussing leadership and commitment and encouraging the students to be optimistic and follow their dreams. The day ended with a game of flag football. A big thank you to all of our awesome volunteer coaches who helped to make the camp a success!