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!

This fall, All Stars Helping Kids partnered with 15 local businesses, corporations, and non-profits to promote literacy in Bay Area schools. After working together to collect more than 20,000 books for students from Pre-K through high school, All Stars wrapped up the First Annual Book Drive on Saturday, October 3rd with a Book Fair for local teachers from across the Bay Area.

Over 100 teachers attended the fair to select free books to help build their classroom libraries. The effort reached an estimated 5,000 Bay Area students. A second grade teacher who attended the Book Fair shared with us about how the event impacted her classroom:

“My students bring home five books every week, and they are so excited because they now have more books to choose from in our classroom library. Also, a lot of the books that we got are advanced reading (AR) books! Some of these books were also set aside as prizes for those who meet their AR goals this year!”

Book Fair attendees also participated in a raffle to receive a set of 49er’s tickets and $250 in books for their classroom. We are thankful for our local literacy partners who gave books, donated resources, and volunteered their time to provide new reading and learning opportunities for local teachers and students. Visit our online gallery to see more pictures from our Teacher Book Fair!