The Golden State Warriors and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Host Holiday Party For Make-A-Wish Children At Oracle Arena
On Monday, December 2, the Golden State Warriors and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area hosted the third annual Make-A-Wish Holiday Party at Oracle Arena, transforming the team’s home court into a huge children’s theme park. The 13 Bay Area boys and girls invited to the event from Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area suffer from life-threatening medical conditions, and the Warriors and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area wanted to create a unique, fun-filled experience for the children in the spirit of the holidays.
“We just want to play with these kids and show them a good time,” said Warriors forward Draymond Green. “With all of the pain and hardships they go through on a daily basis, we want this to be amazing and a party they’ll remember forever.”
After a catered dinner of their favorite foods, courtesy of Levy Foods, Kitchen On Fire and Fenton’s Creamery, the kids took the court Warriors-style, running out of the players tunnel to a personal introduction and then greeted by Warriors players Toney Douglas, Festus Ezeli, Draymond Green and Nemanja Nedovic, along with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area broadcast talent Brodie Brazil and Erin Coscacrelli.
“The kids didn’t know we would be there cheering them on when they ran out of the tunnel, so it was great to see their faces when they ran by us for high fives,” said Nedovic.
Warriors Hype Woman Ruby Lopez welcomed the 13 deserving young children and their families to Oracle Arena, letting them know they were honorary Warriors for the day. After the introduction, the children raced around Oracle Arena shooting hoops with Draymond Green, building a gigantic gingerbread house with Toney Douglas, taking pictures in funny outfits with Festus Ezeli, or playing a game of air hockey with Nemanja Nedovic.
The children were also able to make their silver screen dreams come true by joining Comcast SportsNet Bay Area anchor and reporter Erin Coscarelli in the CSN Sportscaster Experience station, reading off the teleprompter to narrate recent Warriors highlights.
“It’s just amazing to put a smile on these children’s faces and give them an experience that they won’t forget. This is the most rewarding experience I’ve been a part of since I’ve been covering the Warriors,” said Coscarelli.
Dancing to the music blaring over the Oracle Arena speakers, the children and their families were also treated to a courtside view of a performance by the Flying Dubs trampoline dunk team, with three lucky children even able to provide the mid-air assist to the flipping dunker.
“It’s great to see how much fun these kids are having, and how big Warriors fans they are. I’m having a great time and I’m happy to see they’re having a great time too,” said Douglas.
This event is part of the Warriors Plays for the Holidays outreach initiative, as every Warriors player will brighten the lives of children and families throughout the Bay Area through various community events and acts of kindness. By the end of the party, there wasn’t a person in the arena that wanted to go home, and every participant was thankful for the opportunity to make the children’s holidays a little more cheerful.
“This is a way for us to stay grounded and spend time with these great kids, because not everyone has had the good fortune that we’ve had. I want them to know to never give up, always fight hard and persist,” said Ezeli.
Each Make-A-Wish child and their families received special holiday gift bags, courtesy of the Golden State Warriors and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
“The wish kids and families are so thankful to the Warriors and Comcast SportsNet for this experience, because events like this turn the vision of the Make-A-Wish Foundation into a reality for these children,” said Make-A-Wish Program Director Linda De La Torre.
Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fulfills the wishes of children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 battling life-threatening medical conditions. To learn more about Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area, visit www.sf.wish.org.