FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 26, 2006
NCLR Sports Project Director Helen Carroll Plays Instrumental Role
(Santa Clara, CA, September 26, 2006) — The San Francisco 49ers today announced the formation of the 49ers Community Advisory Panel (CAP). Created to provide advice and guidance on the Club's community outreach events, the Community Advisory Panel is comprised of 15 civic and community leaders from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Panel ensures the team's community outreach events, including volunteer efforts by players, coaches and staff; half-time shows; holiday giving events; 49ers Foundation donations; and youth development programs are being maximized to make the greatest impact in the community.
"While winning football games remains our number one priority, we are committed to being good community citizens in the San Francisco Bay Area and we want to have programs that make the greatest impact," said John York, Co-Owner of the 49ers. "Adding the Community Advisory Panel members to our planning process has already given us a fresh perspective and valuable insight to ensure the 49ers remain an integral part of the community we serve."
Members of the Community Advisory Panel have spent their careers working to improve the lives of people in communities throughout the Bay Area and hail from such notable organizations as the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR); the SF LGBT Community Center; the Chinatown Community Development Center; the Mission Family Center; the Japanese American Youth Council; and the Mexican American Community Services Agency. New members will be brought in every two years.
"NCLR commends the San Francisco 49ers' commitment to fairness and diversity," said Helen Carroll, Sports Project Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. "Our goal at NCLR is to eliminate homophobia and gender identity discrimination in sports. We are proud to partner with the 49ers in working to achieve this goal."
In addition, the Community Advisory Panel has sub-committee groups formed to provide insight on specific culture related events and Monster Park game day events, including the Asian American Pacific Islander Day which will be held on October 15.
The CAP meets on a quarterly basis at the 49ers Facility where they are updated on team community relations and marketing initiatives and provide feedback to top-level 49ers executives. The first meeting took place in May of this year.
Community Advisory Panel members include:
- Helen Carroll, Sports Project Director, The National Center for Lesbian Rights
- Thom Lynch, Executive Director, SF LGBT Community Center
- Lindsey Jones, Executive Director, San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee
- Winna Davis, Director of Programs & Grants, Department of Children, Youth & Families, SF
- Mark Buell, Civic Leader
- Rev. Norman Fong, Program Director, Chinatown Community Development Center
- Eddie Garcia, Chairman, The Mexican Heritage Plaza/Centro Cultural de San Josť
- Michael Hardeman, Commissioner, SF Port Commission
- Roberto Hernandez, Social Worker, Mission Family Center
- Pastor Calvin Jones, Member, Tabernacle Group
- Willie Kennedy, Commissioner, Southeast Community Facility Commission
- Yvonne Lee, San Francisco Police Commissioner
- Jon Osaki, Executive Director, Japanese Community Youth Council
- Adrienne Pon, CEO, Zeum
- Olivia Soza-Mendiola, CEO, Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA)
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.