StubHub Foundation Provides $250,000 Grant to 50 Fund to Extend Impact of Playmaker Program


20 Bay Area Nonprofits Providing Arts, Music, and Sports Programs To Low-Income Kids to be Awarded Grants – Fan Voting Will Decide Top Grant Recipients

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 20, 2015 – Today, 50 Fund, the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, announced an expansion of its Playmaker program through a $250,000 grant from the StubHub Foundation (a corporate advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation). An additional 20 Bay Area-based nonprofits supporting music, sports and arts programs for low-income kids will now be able to benefit, supplementing an original 50 organizations that received $10,000 grants.

Each of these new Playmaker grantees will receive $10,000, with the opportunity to receive more through StubHub’s “Fan’s Choice” voting section on Fans can vote for their favorite causes with the top five vote-getters receiving an additional $10,000 for a total of $20,000 in funding. Voting has started and will continue through February 5th.

“StubHub is all about providing fans with choice,” said Scott Cutler, President of StubHub. “Since the Big Game is in our backyard this year, we are happy to provide fans with the unique opportunity to decide how the foundation grant will be allocated to help support these amazing Bay Area nonprofits that are working every day to make positive change for youth in our communities. With the StubHub Foundation’s focus of expanding access and opportunity for at-risk youth through arts, music, and sports programs, it is a natural fit to partner with 50 Fund’s Playmaker program.”

With the goal of being the most giving Super Bowl ever, 50 Fund has already given more than $5 million in grants through its Game Changer and Playmaker grant programs as well as its two signature initiatives: The Re(a)d Zone (early literacy) and PLAY 60, Play On (fitness and play). More than 325,000 low-income children, youth, and young adults in the Bay Area have already benefitted from the services provided by the more than 100 nonprofits that have received 50 Fund grants to date.

“The 50 Fund Playmaker program has put a spotlight on organizations around the Bay Area and the real difference they are making in their individual communities, so we’re thrilled to continue this program beyond February,” says Kamba Tshionyi, 50 Fund’s Board Chair, “The StubHub Foundation’s grant and ‘Fan’s Choice’ program will help these new Playmaker grantees gain important visibility and attract new supporters.”

The following 20 nonprofits are the additional organizations selected by 50 Fund and StubHub Foundation for their focus on helping to close the opportunity gap for low-income children, youth, and young adults in the Bay Area with projects integrating music, sports, or the arts (click the name of the non-profit to learn more about funding):

America SCORES Bay Area (San Francisco): To support the “Poetry Slam!” event at Everett Middle School held annually for our poet-athletes.

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) (San Jose): To provide scholarships to low-income students.

Bayview Opera House (San Francisco): To fund Dare 2 Dream Arts Youth Enrichment program.

California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (Santa Rosa): To support the development of a Native youth arts micro-enterprise project.

Fam 1st Family Foundation (Oakland): To implement a new sports specific workshop series.

Family Support Services of the Bay Area (Oakland): To build a robust computer lab that will make video editing and graphic design skills accessible to the youth in the Kinship Youth Program.

Giants Community Fund (San Francisco): To help support the Junior Giants in supplying youth baseball programs with equipment.

Girls on the Run of the Bay Area (San Francisco): To launch a new initiative to develop women as leaders in our community.

Larkin Street Youth Services (San Francisco): To fund the installation of a professional recording studio in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (San Francisco): To support the creation of a Youth Printmaking class and a scholarship for low-income youth.

Northern Light School (Oakland): To support the Northern Lights sports program with new equipment.

Old Skool Café (San Francisco): To provide low-income students with literacy programs and arts education.

OneFam (Oakland): To support low-income and at-risk youth in the organization a weekend of activities to commemorate African-American history.

Sacred Heart Nativity Schools (San Jose): To support the start-up efforts to form an athletic program.

San Jose Day Nursery (San Jose): To purchase sports and physical education equipment.

School of Arts and Culture at MHP (San Jose): To fund the Instrument Loan Program (ILP) for low-income students.

Sonoma Valley Education Foundation (Sonoma): To purchase new instruments for the Valley Vibes Orchestra Program (ViVO).

The First Tee of San Francisco (San Francisco): To subsidize all transportation costs for additional schools to participate in the Gold In Schools program.

The Fit Kids Foundation (Redwood City): To fund two new after-school physical activity programs at Costano Elementary School.

Tower Foundation of San Jose State University (San Jose): To fund the SJSU’s School of Music and Dance/CMI: the String Project.

About 50 Fund:

50 Fund is the signature philanthropic initiative of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. Its goal is to help close the opportunity gap that exists for Bay Area children, youth and young adults living in low-income communities. Through its grantmaking programs, 50 Fund will support organizations and initiatives making a difference, tackling big issues and scaling their impact. For more information, visit

About the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee:

Working in partnership with Bay Area public officials and the NFL, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee is responsible for Super Bowl 50 and its celebration elements, including the Super Bowl Village, public exhibits and planning of game day logistics. The Host Committee seeks to make Super Bowl 50 the most giving ever, and is investing in Bay Area community initiatives and high-performing nonprofits through the 50 Fund, its signature philanthropic fund. To be hosted in the state-of-the-art Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara in 2016, Super Bowl 50 will be celebrated through a series of events that showcase all the Bay Area has to offer. For more information, visit

About StubHub

At StubHub, our mission is simple: help fans find fun. We connect fans with their favorite teams, shows and artists and introduce them to the ones they’ll love next. As the world’s largest ticket marketplace, we enable fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of events, whenever they want, through our desktop and mobile experiences, including our StubHub and StubHub Music apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Android. Offering a superior fan experience at its core, StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. Our industry firsts include the introduction of the first ticketing application, the first interactive seat mapping tool and the first live entertainment rewards program, Fan Rewards™. Our business partners include more than 60 teams in MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and NCAA, plus ESPN, AEG, AXS and Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement. Throughout North America, the United Kingdom and Germany, StubHub provides the total end-to-end event going experience.

StubHub is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). For more information on StubHub, visit StubHub.comStubHub Press Box or follow @StubHub on TwitterFacebook and Instagram or YouTube.

About the StubHub Foundation

The StubHub Foundation’s (a corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation) mission is to expand access and opportunity for at-risk youth by supporting locally rooted, grassroots non-profit organizations working in sports, music and arts-based youth development. In addition, as a leading technology company, we support organizations working to improve access and opportunity for at-risk youth through other means such as college and career readiness, technical training and education around the myriad career opportunities that exist within the technology sector.


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