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Gil Basketball Academy (GBA)

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

Gil Basketball Academy is about training for basketball, but also training for life and job skills. High school students volunteer as coaches and mentor 4- to 12-year-old participants by leading drills, coaching, and demonstrating key basketball skills. Coach Gil and Central Coast Section Officials also train the high school students as referees and scorekeepers. They learn how to serve as officials during a game, which teaches them responsibility and reliability, and helps them develop respect for the role of referees. The Big Idea is to continue compensating the youth monetarily; many of them volunteered for years before they could get paid, and with their income they learn additional responsibility.

I have been in Gil Basketball Academy since I was 4 years old. Through it, I have been exposed to many wonderful experiences. The greatest impact has been to be able to give back to my community, coaching the young kids. Also, I got to enhance my sportsmanship and leadership skills and see the world. The academy has taught me the value of honesty, teamwork and communication. Resiliency has been one of the fundamental skills that I’ve learned in this academy, along with integrity and the meaning of ‘family.’

- Juancarlos Herrera

We Did It, Together!

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.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.