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Gil Basketball Academy

Mission

GBA’s mission is to empower youth by developing their athletic skills, leadership, work ethic, world view, and enhancing their commitment to the community.

The Big Idea

During the pandemic, many young people are experiencing mental health challenges. Gil Basketball Academy offers a podcast to motivate youth by interviewing inspirational speakers specifically trained to work with young people and address these issues. GBA usually offers school-based athletic support, but is adapting during this period of remote learning. The podcast emphasizes responsibility, resilience, self-care and fitness, focusing on building skills for life and success. The podcast will cover topics ranging from college to mental health to health and fitness. They will also be inviting young people to take part in the interviews to develop their communication skills.

Gil Basketball Academy is a family for me, with coaches and parents who care about me as a person, not just a player. The people in this academy support, motivate, and help me stay on track with sports and also education. I have not only learned important life skills, but also to give back to our community. They have taught me to be respectful and humble with others, off and on the court.

- Roberto Mendoza

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

The 2020 Campaign begins November 12.