Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell was a special guest on race night last September to emphasize the successful partnership between the Warriors Community Foundation and the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.

A sold-out crowd at the 34th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge will have their efforts benefit two worthwhile Bay Area not-for-profit organizations.

The Warriors Community Foundation, the beneficiary partner of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, has chosen 826 Valencia and the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco to each receive a donation in celebration of the approximately 10,500 runners and walkers that will participate in the 3.5-mile race on Thursday, September 6.

This is the second year that the Corporate Challenge has partnered with the Warriors Community Foundation, which is dedicated to making a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of underserved youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Established in 2012 under the Lacob and Guber ownership group, the Warriors Community Foundation extends the local impact of the defending back-to-back NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and continues a longstanding tradition of community involvement.

“The Warriors Community Foundation supports education and youth development to promote thriving students, schools and communities,” said Joanne Pasternack, Vice President, Community Relations & Executive Director, Warriors Community Foundation. “By identifying and supporting organizations that remove barriers to educational access and focusing on academic persistence, the Warriors Community Foundation seeks to ensure that ALL youth have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

The partnership of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge and the Warriors began in 2017, with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, East Oakland Youth Development Center and Playworks serving as the beneficiaries last September.  Warriors forward Jordan Bell appeared at the Corporate Challenge to underscore the importance of the teamwork between the event and the champs.

“We are tremendously proud of the impact the Warriors have had not only within the Bay Area but throughout the world – setting a standard for community engagement for sports teams,” Pasternack added. “Through the Corporate Challenge, we are able to share our story in collaboration with J.P. Morgan – another company known for their commitment to philanthropic giving in their communities.”

Each of the beneficiaries identified by the Warriors Community Foundation share a passion and expertise for providing opportunity to youth.

  • 826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco was founded in 1891 and each day continues to find new ways to learn, grow, and innovate. It is nationally-recognized for the high-quality of its programs and comprehensive approach to serving youth.

The donation to these two organizations via the Warriors Community Foundation is part of J.P. Morgan’s commitment to supporting a not-for-profit organization in each of the 13 cities around the world that comprise the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series.  J.P. Morgan will donate more than $700,000 at Series events in 2018, with the donations working locally.

The 34th J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in San Francisco will be held on Thursday, September 6, with a 7:05 p.m. race start at McCovey Cove.  The 2017 edition featured a capacity gathering of 10,849 from 354 companies throughout the Bay Area.