Pro athletes have a ball at Richmond mayor’s golf fundraiser


San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Rod Streater made golf “a good walk spoiled” for a few of his colleagues Monday at a fundraiser for local youth sports at the Richmond Country Club.

In a successful effort to distract Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King (pictured above) mid-swing, Streater played an audio file from his cellphone of the sounds of media cameras frantically snapping photos.

“Hey man, no pictures while I’m golfing,” King complained.

Moments earlier, Streater jokingly mistook Oakland Raiders star Seth Roberts for a famous rapper.

“Ya’ll met Fetty Wap?” Streater announced.

Streater, Roberts and King joined six players with the San Jose Earthquakes — including Jordan StewartChris WondolowskiAndrew Tarbell, Chad Barrett and Shea Salinas — to support the 2nd Annual Richmond Mayor’s Community Fund Golf Tournament. The fun event was also attended by representatives of local businesses and organizations.

“We want to raise money for youth sports,” Mayor Butt said. “That’s where most of these funds go to. It goes to a few other community needs for young people, but mainly youth sports.”

golf-10-17-2Last year, local youth sports organizations received about $14,000 from the event. This year’s goal is to raise up to $30,000.

Chevron Richmond was among a number of local supporters that sponsored the event and provided raffle prizes. The Richmond Standard, sponsored by Chevron, additionally contributed $500 to the fundraiser, as the event has proven to be a true benefit for local kids.

“It’s always a good time to have friends playing golf, but our real heart is in the community,” said Jerrold Hatchett (below), a representative with sponsor Sims Metal. “Kids are our future; that’s what it’s all about.”

golf1-10-17Last year’s funds benefited local entities such as YMCA programs, Richmond Swims, Richmond Tennis Association, the East Bay Soldiers and Richmond United Soccer Club. It helped purchase equipment, pay for trips to tournaments and more.

Former Mayor Irma Anderson (2001-2006) held a similar Community Fund tournament. Mayor Butt reinstated the grant program last year to support needs for youth not otherwise met by the city or other donors.

Those interested in contributing to the fund can contact the Mayor’s Office at (510) 620-6527.