Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation

Reviewed in 2021 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

68% complete

$100,000 Goal

Youth programs, our hallmark, will be expanded as we reach out and integrate ourselves with the greater Elk Grove and Sacramento communities and school districts and other non-profit organizations.

We will:

- Grow our current programs -- Teens Create Dreams (talent show), Strive for Strength (youth empowerment and self awareness), Sports for Life (special needs children) and Teen Mental Health.

- Provide career opportunities through Career and Education Fairs. 

- Continue our successful youth and senior sports programs.

- Bring smiles to children undergoing medical treatment via fishing events.

- Foster diversity awareness through multicultural programs of music, dance and food.

Our Facility:
Major facility construction financial sponsors were the Wong Family (Bel Air Supermarkets), Wing Kai, and Chee Fat. The land was donated by Angelo Tsakopoulos. The 12,000 square foot facility, built in 2007, serves as a venue for our youth programs, fundraisers, and indoor sports (basketball, volleyball, and pickleball). The full commercial kitchen enables large and small food-based events. Ample parking is available.

Recently, the entire audio-visual system was upgraded to meet the demands of groups seeking fulfillment of the best experience possible. The grounds, parking area, and the interior and exterior of the building are well maintained. Our physical presence on Laguna Boulevard in Elk Grove is a source of pride to the community.

Mission

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization embracing all ethnicities and religions was founded in 1993 to provide youth sports and be a resource for a wide range of community programs in Sacramento County. Our programs focus on personal growth and professional enhancement. New programs will focus on underprivileged and disadvantaged youth; sports for special needs children, fishing for children undergoing medical treatment and, teen mental health resiliency and suicide prevention training.

Needs

Donations from groups and organizations have in the past, included IBM Employee Services Center, Capital Building Fund, Intel Volunteer Grant Program, Capital Building Fund, Land Home Financial Services Inc., Mikuni Restaurant Group, Capital Building Fund, the Benevity Community Impact Fund, Capital Building Fund, and United Way.

In 2022, we will pursue corporate and individual sponsors. This effort will be led by Eric Wong, Vice President of the Board.

Donations from groups, and individuals in their own name, or "In Memoriam" to others. Car donation is another funding option. These donations fund our programs described below.

Serving the community and its youth through these current programs.

- Sports for Life for special needs children. Basketball, volleyball and martial arts and other sports are on tap for this deserving community.

- Fishing For Smiles is to bring big smiles to children post cancer and other challenging medical treatment. Fishing events will be held in the Sacramento and Elk Grove area.

- Teen Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training will empower teens to help themselves and their peers to deal with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts and behavior. Teens detect these signs and symptoms often before the family does. With proper training, they will be able to act knowledgeably and responsibly.

- Strive For Strength (S4S): To educate and empower is the goal for young women, 12-18 years of age, within the Sacramento and Elk Grove communities who gather together at a one day retreat at SASF. Special guest speakers have included Lisa Ling, Laura Ling, Noelle Bean, Allyson Pereira, former Sacramento Monarchs Danielle Vigilione, Wendy Locatelli, Psychotherapist and advice columnist Kelly Richardson from the Sacramento Bee, and Nilda Valmores from My Sister's House. Since 2006, about 20 college scholarships, funded by corporate entities and private individuals have been awarded.

- Providing Resources for Education & Professionalism (PREP): A college and career preparatory program to help young people pursue a higher education and hone their skills for personal and professional success. Participants learn how to write a compelling college application essay, how to create an effective resume and cover letter, how to obtain stellar letters of recommendation, and how to nail an interview and succeed in the professional world. Attendance has grown steadily to over 100 girls and boys in 2016.

- Career and Education Fairs: Research validates the potential of the Sacramento job market. SASF Fair connects the talent pool with hiring organizations.

- Teens Create Dreams (TCD): High school students meet throughout the summer at SASF to plan a talent show with proceeds going to the Sacramento Children's Home, which is Sacramento's only Crisis Nursery Program. Their mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect and provide support to families in need. The annual shows is loads of fun and camaraderie for the teen performers as they raise money for the Home.

- Youth Volleyball: The Youth Program offers a volleyball clinic for girls and boys, Grades 3 through 8. The goal of this clinic is to teach fundamental volleyball skills in a fun learning environment. The clinic also offers an opportunity for older youth, many of whom are alumni from prior years clinics, to return and "give back" to the community by volunteering as coaches and aides at the clinic. The Volleyball Program also offers an organized league for high school and college age players. The league follows the USAV co-ed rules and is comprised of teams that are formed to be equally competitive. Play is competitive and fun, with an emphasis on good sportsmanship.

- Homeless Meal at Loaves & Fishes: Since 2016, we manage the Ellen Kwong endowment that serves a Chinese style or American meal to 400+ homeless families, their children and other individuals. We are proud to work with Ellen on this humanitarian outreach.

We host multicultural events of interest to our communities. These have included music events -- the Los Angeles Taiko Project, HIroshima (jazz fusion), and a Luther Vandross tribute. Realizing a need for another venue in the greater Sacramento Area, in 2017, the acoustic system was upgraded to provide the acoustical performance demanded by these top acts.

Community Events: the Senior Sports Program premiered Pickle Ball in 2016. SASF held in-house tournaments and a regional tournament that drew players from throughout northern California and Nevada. Our courts received a "best indoor courts" comment (unofficial) from a member of the USA Pickle Ball Association's comment. In 2022, via a SMUD Shine Award, we will upgrade our HVAC system to include HEPA and ionization filters that will provide purification and sterilization of the air in the gym. We will also upgrade all indoor lights to LEDs.

Volunteers cook in our commercial kitchen to support our youth sports programs. Young volunteers learn kitchen skills that give them a "leg-up" when applying for work in the food industry.

Crab Feed: This immensely popular, perennially sold-out event, attracts about 850 diners in a fun-filled evening of Asian-style crab, games, and donated prizes. The event is strongly supported by a large, hardworking crew of volunteers who setup tables, cook, serve food, and clean-up.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation

other names

SASF

Tax id (EIN)

94-3227001

Mission Category

Youth Development

Operating Budget

$250,001-$500,000

Organization Need

Funding: Other, Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, Volunteers

Demographics Served

AAPI, BIPOC, Immigrants & refugees, Individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ+, Low-income individuals/families, Seniors, Youth & Children

Address

9040 High Tech Ct.
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Service areas 0

Sacramento, CA, US

Elk Grove, CA, US

Galt, CA, US

Davis, CA, US

West Sacramento, CA, US

Phone

279-895-7567

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