SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco State men’s basketball team spent Tuesday afternoon volunteering their time at the Glide’s Soup Kitchen at 330 Ellis St. in San Francisco. Select Gator players and the coaching staff served dinners to the soup kitchen’s visitors, waited on tables and assisted with clean- up afterwards.
“This is a great opportunity to get out into the community and give back,” San Francisco State head coach Paul Trevor said. “These events just show how blessed we are.”
The Glide’s Soup Kitchen provides three meals a day, beginning with breakfast in the morning, followed by lunch and dinner in the afternoon and evenings. The program is funded through a contract with the city, along with grants, donations and closely coordinated efforts with the area food banks. Glide’s Soup Kitchen is the only program that provides nutritious meals to the city’s poor, homeless, and hungry every day of the year.
Glide’s began in 1969 as an all-volunteer Monday night potluck for 50 street people which has grown to serve over 750,000 meals a year, making Glide one of the largest free meal providers in San Francisco today. For more information on Glide’s Soup Kitchen, please visit their website at www.glide.org.
“I get a lot of out this opportunity to give back to the community,” junior forward Daniel Trammel said. “I used to think it was just homeless people, but it’s a lot of people that have been hit hard by the recession. We served over 1,000 people this afternoon.”
“My family volunteers at events like these back in my hometown of Sacramento,” freshman guard Abraham Leibovitz said. “It is a good feeling to give back to the community, and I like being able to give back to those less fortunate.”
San Francisco State will begin practice on Friday, Oct. 15, under the direction of first-year head coach Paul Trevor. The Gators will travel to Division I Long Beach State for their 2010-11 regular-season opener on Monday, Nov. 15, beginning at 7:05 p.m. Three weeks later, SF State will lift the lid on its home and conference schedule when it faces Cal State East Bay on Friday, Dec. 3, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Gators return four starters from last year’s team that finished with a 17-13 overall record, including 2010-11 Sporting News Preseason All-American Marquel Hoskins. The three other starters include seniors Phoenix O’Rourke and Tim Pratt, along with sophomore Nefi Perdomo.