May 2024 Newsletter

Happy Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

From everyone at Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation, we want to wish everyone a reflective and celebratory Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

From the Associated Press:

It has been almost 50 years since the U.S. government established that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and their accomplishments should be recognized annually across the nation.

What started as just one week in May has evolved over the decades into a month-long tribute of events in cities big and small. The nature of celebrations also evolved. Asian American and Pacific Islander or Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is not just about showcasing festive fare like food and fashion, but hard subjects like grief and social justice. The rise of anti-Asian hate during the pandemic only heightened that effort.

May was chosen because of two significant events. The first Japanese immigrants to the U.S. arrived on May 7, 1843. Then on May 19, 1869, the final spike for the transcontinental railroad track, in which Chinese laborers played a crucial role, was embedded.

In May 1990, President George H.W. Bush expanded the designation to the entire month. In 2009, President Barack Obama changed the name to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Now, President Joe Biden’s administration refers to it as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Golf Tournament Dinner - Only tickets still available!

Even though the SASF Golf Tournament is sold out, we still have dinner-only tickets available for purchase. Dinner is on Monday, May 20, 2024 following the golf tournament at 5PM and features a prime-rib dinner. Vegetarian option available.

You can purchase dinner-only tickets for $20.

Purchase Dinner-only Tickets

Thank You to the 2024 Golf Tournament Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Curtis Ishii

Bronze Sponsors

Dave McManus

Register for SASF Summer League 2024 in Grades K-3

Please register for the K-3 Division for SASF Summer League 2024, to be held on Friday nights starting on June 28th and ending on August 2nd from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.

Registration will be first come first served and will open a wait list if the division fills up. If you are on the wait list, payment will not be required until you are officially registered after the first day of observation. You are still welcome to come out on day 1 and we will let you know after that night if we are going to pull from our wait list to fill our division.

Register for K-3 Co-ed Division

SASF Basic Hoops is Back! Registration Opens May 31

Basic Hoops started with the goal of introducing basketball in a fun and supportive environment. With the help of SASF, the camp continues to deliver on this goal 20 years later.

The campers, ranging from kindergarten to third grade, are taught the fundamentals of basketball in a fun and engaging way. During the week-long course campers will learn how to dribble, pass, shoot, and play defense.

SASF Basic Hoops 2024 will take place from July 29 through August 1. Registration opens on May 31 on the SASF Website.

Hope to see you there!

Strive For Strength Presents: A Mental Health Community Event on June 1

This year, S4S aims to fulfill our mission through a community-based event centered around mental health awareness. With this event, we want to destigmatize and dismantle the negative stigma surrounding mental health. We feel that a community-wide event is the best way to address the overall decline in mental health since the pandemic, as uplifting others is ultimately our goal. Teens, parents and community leaders, please join us on June 1.

Asian Pacific CultureFest is on Sunday, May 19 at District56

Our friends at The Creative Space Sacramento and Sacramento Asian Pacific Cultural Village are hosting their annual Asian Pacific CultureFest!

Sunday, May 19, 2024
10AM - 2PM
8230 Civic Center Drive
Elk Grove, CA 95757

Asian Pacific CultureFest serves to celebrate and uplift the diversity of Asian American and Pacific Islander arts, culture, Heritage, and contributions throughout the Sacramento region.

We hope you can join us in attending!

2024 SASF Sponsors

Thank you for your generous support!

May Donations

We are extremely grateful to the many individuals, families and businesses who continue to support and donate to the SASF throughout the year. Thank you for the following donations received this past month:

  • Wayne Yamamura
  • Paul and Rosaline Lau via SMUD
  • Edward and June Miura in memory of Charles M. Louie
  • Edward Imai in memory of Betty Matsuura, Teiko Matsuo, Pearl Kai, and Norman Wong
  • Jerry and Jean Kanenaga in memory of Ricky Wong

SASF relies on the generous donations from community members to fund the day-to-day operations of the facility, and the support for sports and youth programs.

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