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On October 28, 2012, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers to win their second World Series title in three years. This month marks the second time that the Giants will bring their championship trophy to East Palo Alto.
But, instead of bringing one trophy as the team did when it visited the city after its 2010 win, the Giants will bring two trophies this time – the one from their win in 2010 and the trophy from their win in 2012.
During her remarks to the East Palo Alto City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, March 5, East Palo Alto Junior Giants supporter, Delores Farrell, told council members, “I’m really proud of the fact that the Giants for the second time has chosen East Palo Alto Junior Giants to host the championship trophy. I think it’s a big deal. You don’t automatically get it. You have to apply to get it. So, we applied and we got it again, and the Giants were the champions for the second time, and so were we for the second time. I think East Palo Alto Junior Giants need a hand for that….” See video clip of her announcement at http://youtu.be/YB2SN2OQ3cg.
This time, the Giants’ winning trophies will be on display and available for public viewing in East Palo Alto on March 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Costaño Elementary School, which is located at 2695 Fordham Street. In addition to seeing the two trophies, fans will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with both trophies.
The San Francisco Giants World Championship Trophy Tour started on January 8, 2012 in Sacramento. Thus far, it has traveled to such California cities as Richmond, Vallejo and San Jose. The tour also traveled to New York City and it will land in Scottsdale, AZ and Medford, OR before it ends on April 5.
The tour is sponsored by the Bank of America, and the Giants' website states that the focus of the tour “is to share the trophies with Giants fans in Junior Giants communities throughout northern California.”
The East Palo Alto Junior Giants organization started in East Palo Alto in 1994. According to Farrell, the organization uses “baseball as a hook …[to] provide opportunities for children to demonstrate confidence and leadership, to link with adult mentors and to develop a strong understanding of the importance
of literacy and healthy living.”
The East Palo Alto Junior Giants is a free program that serves 200 participants annually, who would not normally have the opportunity or means to play baseball.
More information about the tour can be found on the San Francisco Giants website: http://www.sfgiants.com/trophy.
Henrietta J. Burroughs, the author of this article, can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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