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February 3, 2014
As part of NBA Cares’ Dream BIG initiative and in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day, the Golden State Warriors hosted Read to Achieve Night, presented by Ross Dress for Less, and invited five local students to participate in the Warriors Dream Big Jr. Shadow Experience. The following day the team also hosted 14 high school juniors and seniors at team headquarters for the Future Leaders program.
Before the Warriors matchup against the Indiana Pacers on January 20, Warriors Hypewoman Ruby Lopez and Clifford the Big Red Dog participated in a pre-game reading event with students from Horace Mann and Esperanza elementary schools.
All of the students received a new book, book covers, and a special Warriors goodie bag courtesy of ROSS Dress for Less.
The first 250 fans to check-in on Facebook received their very own Read to Achieve t-shirt from the Facebook Check-In Table.
All of the students sat courtside as they watched the Warriors players warm-up during shootaround.
Every player was wearing a special “Dream BIG” shooting shirt.
In association with Ross Dress for Less, Warriors players participated in a pre-game book exchange with 12 students from Esperanza Elementary. Each player gave a student a book pack following player introductions.
Just before tipoff, Draymond Green addressed the crowd and shared what MLK Day means to him.
Throughout the evening, five 7th grade students shadowed different Warriors employees and professionals within the sports industry as part of the Warriors Dream Big Jr. Shadow Experience.
The students gained a closer look at their dream jobs and discovered firsthand what tasks a professional does. They also learned what skills and knowledge are needed to be successful.
The following day, the Golden State Warriors invited fourteen 11th and 12th grade students from the Junior Achievement program at Skyline High School, McCylmonds High School and Dewey Academy to take part in the Future Leaders program.
The students were welcomed to the Warriors Executive Offices and Practice Facility by Warriors Radio Play-By-Play Announcer Tim Roye. While the students finished up their lunch, Tim spoke to them about his career path, college raido and how that helped transition him into his role with the Warriors.
Warriors players David Lee and Jermaine O’Neal stopped by to share their story and what their dreams and ambitions were growing up. David spoke about his journey through college and finally to the NBA. Jermaine talked to the students about the importance of hard work and perseverance in order to achieve their goals.
The students also heard from Warriors CMO Chip Bowers and Warriors Assistant Coach Jerry DeGregorio (pictured) before they were treated to a tour of the Executive Offices and Practice Facility.
Lastly, the students broke up into smaller groups to shadow staff members from various departments such as Digital Marketing, Ticket Operations, and Game Operations.
The students were able to ask additional in depth questions to find out more about each department. Each Warriors staff member spoke about their profession, passions and dedication to their day-to-day Warriors responsibilities.
To learn more about the Warriors community efforts, please visit warriors.com/community.