Janet Pomeroy Center

The SF State Gators' men's basketball team spent time playing basketball with adults and children with disabilities at the Janet Pomeroy Center in San Francisco Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. Photo by Godofredo Vasquez.

For the past five years the basketball team at SF State has visited the Janet Pomeroy Center to play a little one-on-one with adults and children with disabilities. This Friday afternoon the team revisited the center to reach out and spend a little time with the community.

Senior Nefi Perdomo reflects on his past four years at SF State and believes giving back to the community is important.

“I think it’s great to give back to the community to people who don’t usually have fun with people who play sports and that have been successful,” Perdomo said. “I have been here for four years, and I have seen the same person who has been here every year I come. So every time I see him, I get to play with him.”

Head coach Paul Trevor believes that returning to the same community service program and building a relationship with those at the center is “priceless.”

“It is because they come back and the people here recognize our players year after year, and they start to embrace who they are and they embrace who you are,” Trevor said. “It develops a nice bond, and it gives them an opportunity to just give back to the community.”

The Adult Recreational Program Leader Melissa Philp, 26, had nothing but good things to say about the opportunity for the SF State men’s team to spend some time playing ball with those who come to the center. Philp believes this is the biggest game of the year for many of those with disabilities.

“We have a lot of volunteer groups that come and we play games with them, but having a real team come and seeing really tall people who are able to dunk or do other crazy things, it is just so special to them,” Philp said. “And having them come every year, and we can count on that, it has been wonderful.”

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