SAN FRANCISCO---- SF State Gators’ men’s basketball team spent their Thursday afternoon (September 24) at the Janet Pomeroy Center giving back to the community in an example of good citizenship and serving as role models to a group of young athletes who participated in a variety of basketball activitvies against the Gators.
The Pomeroy Center is a nonprofit organization founded in 1952 in San Francisco that provides therapeutic recreation, vocational rehabilitation, child and adult development, and respite care programs for children and adults with disabilities. The mission of the center is to provide recreation and vocational opportunities for people with disabilities through programs and services that encourage self-expression, promote personal achievement, and lead to greater independence.
The Gators, under the direction of head coach Bill Treseler, spent the afternoon playing games, interacting, and generally having fun with members of the Center. “Our players did a great job this afternoon in interacting with the members of the Pomeroy Center,” said Treseler. “This was definitely a highlight of our preseason conditioning program.”
“I really enjoy coming out to the Pomeroy Center,” said SF State senior post player Derek Fletcher (San Jose, California, Branham)er. “This is the second year that we have done this in my career and both of them have been awesome.”
Added SF State junior guard Phoenix O'Rourke (San Mateo, California, Junipero Serra), “It was a great experience for us to come out and volunteer our time as a team this afternoon.” “This was an important team building experience for us.”
SF State begins its 2009-10 regular season October 30, when the Gators participate in the Disney Division II Tip-Off West Coast Classic in Anaheim, California.