Message To The Players
The All Star Game makes it possible for athletes who have played against each other for the past four years to play side by side, creating a shared camaraderie that has resulted in friendships -- and in some cases, life long bonds.
This same game donates thousands of dollars to local charities, the first of which was the Sequoia Council of Boys Scouts and the Bulldog Foundation. However, in 1962 the NCAA ordered the committee to drop the Bulldog Foundation as a sponsor. And in 1964 the Central California Foundation was formed, a non-profit corporation whose sole purpose was to put on the game. Then, in 1994, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County became the beneficiary of the game and with that; several of its Board of Directors became involved.
The last change took place in 2001 when the Optimist Club of Greater Fresno became the organizers. Since that time, The Optimist Club has been responsible for donating nearly $500,000 to the Boys & Girls Club. So, in addition to the opportunity provided to the players, and the entertainment the game provides to the fans, the real winners of this game are the at-risk youth in our community. The All Star Game, and its sense of community, exemplify what makes our community a special place to live.
The Optimist Club and all of the All Star Game volunteers, continue to be dedicated to this game and the communities it serves.
Giving Back To The Community