Dear WSJ Families,
WSJ NJB believes very strongly in community. We want to reach out where we can and are asking for your help. Our objective this season is to once again sponsor a Toys for Tots program which is geared to help those less fortunate living in the Silicon Valley experience the joy of Christmas.
WSJ NJB will be hosting its 5th Annual Free Special Basketball Skills Clinic this Holiday season. We are looking forward to working with players who want to combine GIVING BACK to those less fortunate with improving their basketball skills.
We are partnering Nuestra Castra, a non-profit community education organization that works with immigrant families in East Palo Alto and the neighboring area to promote economic self-sustainability and civic participation. During their year-end Posada, which happens annually in December, immigrant families of the community receive toys for children.
We have had great success in previous years with this event and look forward to another great turnout this year! There is no charge to participate in the skills clinic.
We ask that each participant bring one (or more) unwrapped toy appropriate for boys or girls ages 3-10. We need at least 50 toys so we can donate to the kids.
Even if you are unable to participate you can still contribute by bringing an unwrapped toy to Monroe Middle school all day long.
The holiday skills clinic will be led by Coach Arthur Jones and Coach Carl Foster :
For Division 1 and 2:
Saturday December 16th
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm or 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Monroe Middle School at 1055 S. Monroe Street San Jose CA 95128
For Division 3 and Rookies:
PLEASE BRING: workout gear, a basketball, and a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
If you are interested in attending the clinic, please complete the attached form:
Intro to Nuestra Casa – http://www.nuestracasa.org
Nuestra Casa is a community education organization dedicated to increasing civic participation and promoting economic self-sustainability of the Latino immigrant population of East Palo Alto and the area served by the Ravenswood City School District.
Community: We realize that by working alone, we will not reach our destination.
Integrity: We conduct ourselves in a manner that is ethical and just.
Respect: We value the opinions and perspectives of every community stakeholder.
Humility: We premise our work on meeting the needs of those we serve.
Collaboration: We seek strong partnerships to ensure the greatest impact in our community.
Bios of Coaches:
Arthur Jones has played for multiple club teams, his middle school and high school teams all in the San Francisco area where he won four city championships throughout his high school career. When entering college and trying to walk on the division 1 team at San Jose State University instead of accepting to play at division 2 Cal state East bay, he suffered an injury, which ended the pursuit to play at a higher level. After blowing out his knee during a recreational adult league game, he pursued his dream in sport medicine, but wanted to still have basketball be apart of his life. He started coaching through NJB and is currently coaching club teams.