SF Rec and Park’s Community Recreation Council Brings Back 20 Years of Chinatown Tradition
CRC Member Kenny Lee brings Chinese New Year Basketball Jamboree back to BAO Chinese Recreation Center
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with Community Recreation Council member Kenny Lee, Betty Ann Ong Foundation, Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Airlines to bring the basketball jamboree back to Betty Ann Ong (BAO) Chinese Recreation Center for middle school boys and girls this Saturday, February 16 starting at 10:00AM. The Chinese New Year Basketball Jamboree has been a 20-year tradition in the Chinatown neighborhood as part of the month long Chinese New Year celebration.
While BAO Chinese Recreation Center was under construction, Kenny Lee took the leadership role and continued the basketball jamboree at Francisco Middle School. Now, the BAO Chinese Recreation Center has reopened, in partnership with Kenny Lee, SF Rec and Park has brought the event back to the Center. In addition, since 2011, Kenny Lee has been an active community member and become part of SF Rec and Park’s Community Recreation Council, advocating for healthy recreation in the Chinatown neighborhood.
“We are very excited about continuing the Chinese New Year Basketball Jamboree at BAO Chinese Rec Center,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “And we are grateful to have the support from our community members, especially Kenny Lee, for his dedication in working with our staff to better serve children and youth in the Chinatown neighborhood.”
“The return of the Chinese New Year Basketball Jamboree is a sweet homecoming for our entire community. This event provides our youth the opportunity to play in the newly constructed BAO Chinese Recreation Center – a facility that has been a significant part in the lives of many of us who grew up in the greater SF Chinatown community,” said Kenny Lee, SF Rec and Park Community Recreation Council member. “In addition to an organized sporting event for our middle school students during the festive Lunar New Year, this event also showcases the adult alumni of the old recreation center who lend their support and volunteer their time as referees and provide support to this next generation of our youth.”
For the Chinese New Year Basketball Jamboree, Betty Ann Ong Foundation has provided food for the event. Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Airline have donated t-shirts for the teams. And the Golden State Warriors are sending their cheerleaders to cheer on the teams on the court. This is a one-day event with about 75 middle school students participating at the basketball jamboree.