Spurs, NBA strengthen WestCare Foundation to help black youth reach their potential


SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs, the NBA Foundation and the WestCare Foundation are teaming up to help young people in black communities, the team announced on Tuesday.

On behalf of the Spurs, the NBA Foundation is awarding $ 200,000 to WestCare to support its work in mentoring and preparing San Antonio and Bexar County youth to reach their full potential, according to a team statement.

This grant is the NBA Foundation’s first to a San Antonio nonprofit.

Established in August 2020 to narrow the lingering racial wealth gap, the NBA Foundation awarded $ 22 million to 78 national and local organizations, the statement said. This is the fourth round of grants and the most awarded round of grants to date, totaling more than $ 11 million to 38 nonprofits, including WestCare, which was chosen for its commitment to foster economic empowerment of black youth, the statement said.

“We applaud the WestCare Foundation for their incredible work in helping to empower our next generation through programs that create meaningful and lasting change,” said Kara Allen, Head of Impact at Spurs Sports and Entertainment. “At SS&E, we believe in building leaders and legacies within our community and this partnership is an extension of that promise. We are excited to see the impact WestCare will have on local youth and their bright future.

WestCare empowers residents of San Antonio and Bexar County to embark on a process of healing, growth and change for themselves, their families, colleagues and communities, the statement said. The grant will be used to strengthen WestCare’s “Project YES” program, which will provide youth aged 14-24 with opportunities for mentorship, interpersonal skills building and financial literacy.

“We say YES to young people to expose them to life-changing opportunities and help them become the best at whatever they do,” said Beverly Watts Davis, senior vice president for Texas, WestCare Foundation. “These funds will also support collaborative community efforts that harness multiple resources to provide comprehensive skills-building and youth development services that address the multiple risk factors and social determinants our young people face on a daily basis.”


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