Suzanna Mitchell/Courtesy photoGiants Sergio Romo

Suzanna Mitchell/Courtesy photoGiants Sergio Romo

Giants, AT&T Park award $50K in grants to non-profits

The Giants and AT&T Park truly hit a grand slam with the donation of $50,000 to local nonprofits this week, according to one recipient of the grants.

The Community All-Star Grants, celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, have provided $10,000 each to five organizations that were honored at a ballpark ceremony Wednesday to celebrate nonprofits that are committed to community service, said Shana Daum, a spokeswoman for the Giants.

This year's grant recipients include the Say Hey Foundation, Athletes in Math Succeed, Generation Alive, Good Tidings Foundation and St. Anthony's.

Each organization has “a special connection” to Giants players and alumni, including Hall of Famer Willie Mays and Giants players Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, Ryan Vogelsong and Javier Lopez, Daum said.

“Our shared commitment to the community enables the Giants and AT&T to provide critical support to those most in need,” Giants President and CEO Larry Baer said in a statement.

Washington High School teacher Ed Marquez, who co-founded the AIMS program with his wife, Michelle, in which high school athletes mentor elementary students, said he was “grateful and surprised” when he learned of the grant earlier this month.

The money will go toward helping students pay for college applications, and possibly buying tablets for graduating students as well, Marquez said.

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