Richmond community advocates are fundraising to send 15 kids from the Pullman Point housing complex to the Oakland A’s game against the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
Local advocates Rodney Alamo Brown, David Simmons and Andre Bean Sr. have raised a healthy pot of money for the kids but are seeking additional funding, including money for van transportation and snacks.
Along with the A’s game, the kids will be treated afterward to a meal at Richmond native Calvin Andrews’ restaurant Lena’s Soul Food in Oakland. Andrews is the influential founder of the Oakland Soldiers youth basketball program, which was started in Richmond.
“These 15 young men have never attended a professional baseball game and many of them rarely venture outside the gates in Pullman Point,” said Brown, who added he himself grew up in the complex and “understands how difficult it was and is as a youth without money.”
Donations toward the effort have come not only from within the community but also from other areas, even out of state.
Brown said the trip is intended to be educational, as kids will be taught how the game of baseball relates to life, then will get insights on running a successful restaurant/business.
“We must plant seeds of encouragement,” Brown said.
For information on how to donate, contact Brown at Alamohawaii@yahoo.com.