Working Together To Make A Difference: Partnerships To Help Student Athletes Thrive

San Francisco Giants Community Fund

Working hand-in-hand to diversify the game of baseball in 2022 and 2023, the First Base Foundation – California Warriors partnered with the Giants Community Fund to provide high school students from underrepresented groups in San Francisco with the opportunity to play competitive baseball completely free of cost.

Beginning in Fall, 2022, FBF and GCF collaborated to significantly increase Tuition Assistance capacity for participation in the Fall and Winter California Warriors programs before launching the Academy Program in Summer, 2023. In Spring, 2023, FBF hired an Area Scout to attend high school baseball games and practices in San Francisco in order to identify potential Academy participants, inform them of the program, and establish relationships with them and their coaches. 32 players registered with the two FBF Academy teams, at which point the FBF Coaching Staff created rosters based on position availability and age so that both teams had viable rosters. All players and parents were then added to LeagueApps. These two Academy Teams were part of the Academy League, which included several other Academy Teams of San Francisco student athletes.

In addition to participating in Thursday practices at Crocker-Amazon with both teams combined over the two-hour window and Saturday games at Silver Terrace, the two FBF Academy Teams practiced on Sunday mornings at Paul Goode field and played several games against teams in the North Bay. Consisting of 5 former and current college baseball players, the FBF Academy Teams Coaching Staff made detailed practice plans each week based on the teams’ in-game performance in order to address their specific areas of need.

Steelemack Strategies

Steelemack Strategies is a full-service advisory boutique specializing in providing transparency and guidance to high school baseball players who want to play college baseball. Mack Meyer, the founder of Steelemack Strategies, is a California Warriors alumnus who pitched for the University of San Francisco and the University of Virginia. He graduated from UVA in 2018 with a Master’s Degree in the field of Higher Education before signing as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants and playing minor league ball for two seasons.

As someone with first-hand experience on the matter, Mack understands that the baseball recruiting process is challenging and stressful for families who are unfamiliar with how the recruiting timeline functions and how best to approach communication between players and college coaches. Steelemack Strategies will educate and assist your family in creating a road map with concrete guidance that puts your student athlete in a position to be recruited while helping you understand and pursue the opportunities available.

Slater Admissions Advising

Slater Admissions Advising provides private, comprehensive, one-on-one college admissions advising for students who intend to enroll in four-year universities. Joe Slater utilizes his vast experience in college athletics and administration to guide all types of students through the complex worlds of academic and athletic admissions and recruiting.

Joe has served as an administrator and coach at some of the top universities in California, but he traces his career back to the start he got with the California Warriors! He coached the California Warriors collegiate summer teams for two years before taking a job as Director of Operations with University of San Francisco Baseball. He joined FBF founder Noah Jackson as a coach at University of the Pacific for two years and then moved into administration at UC Berkeley. Joe spent four years at Cal serving in Operations, Fundraising, and finally Admissions where he worked as a liaison between the athletics programs and campus admissions staff to help make sure recruits gained entry into the prestigious university.

Joe earned his Certificate in College Planning from UC Berkeley and has been helping students and families navigate the college admissions world ever since. He works with every type of student through the entire process of creating a college list, building an application strategy, writing essays, financial aid questions, and making the final decision that is right for their future.