San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval has joined the Good Tidings Foundation to renovate the youth Games Room at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s Columbia Park Clubhouse. Re-named “Pablo’s Place,” the Games Room was unveiled on Thursday, April 25. The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony, question and answer session between Giants broadcaster Dave Flemming, Pablo Sandoval and the youth, and the official signing of the “Pablo’s Place” life size wall graphic.
“Pablo’s Place,” which has been completely re-designed by Good Tidings’ construction and architect partners MBH Architects and W.L. Butler Construction, features all new furniture, new carpet, a custom paint scheme, custom built cabinets and stage, as well as a pool table, foosball table, two ping pong tables, a bumper pool table, a Sony PS4, two new large flat-screen smart TVs, state-of-the art lighting, and a new sound system.
“It’s been one of my dreams to do something special like this for the kids in San Francisco and to make them happy. The new Games Room will provide a safe, fun, and comfortable place to play and hang out with friends,” said Pablo Sandoval. “I hope ‘Pablo’s Place’ will be a difference-maker for many years.”
The Columbia Park Clubhouse is centrally located in the Mission District and serves 170 Club members per day and 1,291 each year. Nationally recognized for its innovative programs and excellence in the arts, the Clubhouse is active every day with youth ages 6 to 18, with programs focused on academic success, healthy lifestyles, job readiness, and good character and community engagement. The Club is open every day after school and all day long in the summer, for a total of 225 days per year.
“Kids come to the Club to make new friends, build skills, feel a sense of belonging, and develop relationships with our skilled and caring staff who enable and inspire them to reach their full potential,” said Rob Connolly, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. “The Games Room at Columbia Park is the heart of the Club, and with such a strong Latino population, it makes a ton of sense to have a positive role model like the ‘Panda’ there for the kids to look up to every day.”
About Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (www.kidsclub.org) is a community-based nonprofit organization that offers youth ages six to 18 high-quality programs in first-class facilities. With a 128-year track record of meeting the needs of San Francisco children and families, we welcome more than 1,900 youth each day to our 15 locations, including eight Clubhouses, five School-Based Clubs, and Camp Mendocino, a 2,000-acre residential summer camp in Mendocino County. By focusing on the following four elements of our success equation: academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character & community engagement, and job readiness with earning potential, we prepare our Club members to be “ready for life” by age 18.
About Good Tidings Foundation
Good Tidings Foundation (www.goodtidings.org), founded in 1995, is a 501(c) 3 children’s charity that encourages and supports the growth of marginalized children in Northern California by creating environments for athletics, artistic activities, education, and wonder. We engage in charitable partnerships with professional sports teams, pro athletes and other leaders who share our vision on how to create projects within our mission. We aim to provide opportunities that otherwise would be unavailable to kids regardless of their financial status, ethnic origin, or religion. It is the Spirit of the Holiday Season, which we were founded upon, with the joy of giving in its simplest form that we look to emulate all year long. Our ‘mission over money’ philosophy is the foundation for everything we do.
About Pablo Sandoval Foundation
Pablo Sandoval Foundation (www.pablosandovalfoundation.org) is creating a movement of compassion, hope and love to support children in great need in their communities through action and service. Pablo Sandoval Foundation is a national 501 (c)(3) donor advised fund.