Saturday featured fierce, competitive action as boys and girls of all ages faced off in the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard's first ever 3 v 3 basketball tournament at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School! Families swarmed the schoolyard from across the city, ready to show off their skills and win fabulous tournament prizes. Every player walked away with a special commemorative t-shirt courtesy of the Golden State Warriors, and the Oakland A's, San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants all contributed prizes to the mid-day raffle!
Teams were given expert guidance, and perhaps a little extra spirit, by our fantastic celebrity coaches: Theo Ellington of the Golden State Warriors, David Jacobsen of the Positive Coaching Alliance, Chris Corgas, Leah Taylor Pimentel, Bruce Agid, Larry Wong and of course Supervisor Mark Farrell joined in the fun coaching his own son's team.
Making a return from their warm reception at Malcolm X Elementary School, Firefighters Local 798 brought back the infamous barbecue firetruck! Reverend Green and Pastor Ishmael Burch manned the grill to everyone's delight, keeping the players and fans energized with delicious hamburgers and hot dogs.
A special thanks goes out to Principal Mike Essien for hosting our exciting tournament and to Supervisor Mark Farrell for his great work in opening up schoolyards across our city. Thank you to all of the teams that competed, as well as the families who came out and cheered on the players. Look out for more San Francisco Shared Schoolyard events coming soon.
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School is open on weekends from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The schoolyard will be opened by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks department and cleaned by the San Francisco Department of Public Works. For any questions or more information about the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Amy Randel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 308 - 6596.