The San Francisco 49ers have had a record of success in their history that includes five Super Bowl Championships. The team has had two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game in Joe Montana and Steve Young and great coaches. Although the team in recent years has not had the success it did in the past, the team has always been successful to some people by having a concern for those in its community and has served the needs of local citizens through various charities. The team is constantly involved in enhancing the cultural, social, and social needs of local citizens.
The San Francisco 49ers Foundation, which is in its 16th year, helps young people stay in school stay on track, and stay safe. The charity is actively involved in funding family violence prevention programs. With the assistance of team owners John and Denise York, the charity has given $4 million during the last four years to non-profit organizations.
One program the charity has used was the Hedge Funds Cares, which raises funds to support community-based non-profits that have services focused on the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. More than $1 million was raised this year.
The San Francisco 49ers Foundation has other programs to raise money, including Celebrity Winter Fest, which raises funds through a ski race between Olympians, silent and live auctions, and other events; the Cadence Stars and Strikes Bowling Tournament; the Crab Festival; and other events.
Another way the San Francisco 49ers serve the local community is through visits to local hospitals and schools on Tuesdays, and through participation in neighborhood beautification projects.
Another charity the San Francisco 49ers are involved with, as are all other of the 31 NFL teams, is Hometown Huddle, in a joint effort with the United Way. Once a year members of the 49ers participate in a local community project. Past projects have included painting over graffiti in the Chinatown district, beautifying local schools, refurbishing the ropes course area at Camp Arroyo and installing playground equipment at local parks.
The 49ers have also participated for three years in the Wells Fargo Red and Gold Community Program to attend a home game for the NFL team. The program is designed to serve at risk young people.
Another charity the San Francisco 49ers have been involved with is the Bayview/Hunters Point YMCA. Owners of the team, players, and alumni visit the YMCA donate tickets to young people there, and financially support the organization. The 49ers Foundation in 2003 pledged $250,000 during a five year period.
The team is also involved with the Hunters Point Boys and Girls Club. Along with the local mayor’s office, the city attorney, the San Francisco Police Department, and the San Francisco Giants baseball team, the local facility of the club has been greatly expanded to serve local boys and girls.
During San Francisco 49er Stadium Drives fans of the team donate cell phones, food, clothing, toys and books to give to local charities such as Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo, One Warm Coat, San Francisco Food Bank, Silicon Valley Boys & Girl Club, Operation Dream, Silicon Valley Boys & Girl Club, and Children’s Book Project.
During two of the team halftime shows the 49ers promote youth football and raise the public awareness of issues, such as domestic violence. During two other halftime shows the team celebrates Latino Heritage Day and Asian-American Pacific Islander Day.
While some sports stars may be known just for large salaries, members of the San Francisco 49ers are also known for how they serve local citizens through various charities.