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Taco Bell Foundation For Teens And NBA Cares Award Karen Batani From Westminster, California With $30,000 Scholarship At The NBA All-Star 2011 TACO BELL® Skills Challenge

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 21, 2011

Five Finalists from Boys & Girls Clubs in the Southern California Area Go Behind the Scenes at NBA All-Star 2011 in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — This past Saturday, Taco Bell Foundation for Teens’ Graduate to Go Scholars program and NBA Cares awarded Karen Batani, 17 from Westminster, California a scholarship valued at $30,000 after her NBA player, Stephen Curry from the Golden State Warriors, claimed victory in the TACO BELL® Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm.  Batani was one of five teens from Boys & Girls Clubs in the Southern California area paired with Skills Challenge participants who competed for their scholarships.

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Batani was selected as a Graduate to Go Scholar for her outstanding leadership qualities and inspiration to her peers both in and out of school.  Batani has undergone many challenges at home throughout her childhood, but despite these, she has been involved in her school’s student government and has been a member of the varsity basketball team since entering high school.  Outside of school, she tutors younger children at the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster and participates in many of their community service events.  She also won second place in the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens Graduate to Go Business Camp for her ideas on how to help end the genocide in Darfur.

All five finalists received “A Day with the NBA” experience of a lifetime during NBA All-Star 2011, including a behind-the-scenes tour of NBA All-Star operations at the STAPLES Center; opportunity to meet with NBA players, media and staff; and participation in NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas and All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm.

“It’s exciting to win for someone as deserving as Karen,” said Curry.  ”She is the real all-star for demonstrating commitment to graduating from high school and continuing on to college.  I was glad to be able to participate in this event for Karen, NBA Cares and the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.”

Each Graduate to Go Scholar was carefully selected from applications received through the Boys & Girls Clubs in the Southern California area and then paired with an NBA player in the TACO BELL Skills Challenge.  The TACO BELL Skills Challenge featured five top NBA players, four of whom were selected through an online fan vote during the “Choose Your Squad” promotion on  During the TACO BELL Skills Challenge, the players competed in an “obstacle course” consisting of dribbling, passing, and shooting stations. The two players with the fastest times advanced to the finals to compete for the championship.

The teen matched with the winner of the TACO BELL® Skills Challenge won the $30,000 scholarship; the teen whose NBA player won second place received a $10,000 scholarship; and the remaining three finalists each won a $5,000 scholarship. Violet Miehle, paired with second place Skills Challenge player Russell Westbrook, is from Calabasas, California and was recently named 2011 Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu. Miehle plans to attend college next year to learn the skills to become a Special Education teacher. Additional teens who were awarded $5,000 scholarships included:

  • Abigail Sepdo, a 17 year old from San Pedro, California, struggles with hearing disabilities in both ears, but has been able to regain her confidence through the support of the Boys & Girls Club of LA Harbor and is now in the process of applying to college.
  • Daniel Diaz, 18, from Oxnard, CA was named the 2011 Youth of the Year for his exemplary service to his Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme and his community.  .
  • Xavier Butler, 17, serves as a strong role model to the younger children through the Boys & Girls Club of Challengers.


For the past fifteen years, The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens and its supporting programs have helped more than 500,000 teens stay in school and on the path to graduation through its national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and affiliation with other non-profit organizations.  The Graduate to Go Scholars program is part of the Foundation’s Graduate To Go initiative, a national effort to raise awareness of the high-school dropout crisis and encourage teens to get their diploma. The initiative funds real-world experiences, such as job training, College and Business camps, and scholarships proven to motivate teens to stay in school.

About the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens

The Taco Bell Foundation, Inc., also known as the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens (TBFT), a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation, is committed to addressing the growing number of high school dropouts in the U.S. by providing at-risk youth with mentors and real-world experiences that will motivate them to stay in school and achieve more in life, and to collaborating with like-minded individuals and organizations to garner greater impact. Since 1995, TBFT has donated more than $28 million to support teen programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of America and other teen-serving organizations with the help of on-going customer, franchisee and employee donations.  For more information about TBFT, visit

About Taco Bell Corp.

Taco Bell Corp. (“Taco Bell”), a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (YUM: 51.17 -0.21 -0.41%), is the nation’s leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain. Taco Bell serves tacos, burritos, signature quesadillas, Grilled Stuft Burritos, nachos, and other specialty items such as Crunchwrap Supreme®, in addition to the Why Pay More!® Value Menu. Taco Bell serves more than 36.8 million consumers each week in nearly 5,600 restaurants in the U.S.

About NBA Cares

NBA Cares is the league’s social responsibility initiative that builds on the NBA’s long tradition of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world.  Through this umbrella program, the NBA, its teams and players have donated than $150 million to charity, completed more than 1.5 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 560 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play, in  22 countries and territories on five continents.  NBA Cares works with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: KaBOOM!, Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, UNICEF, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

SOURCE Taco Bell Foundation for Teens


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Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 17, 2011

Oxnard Youth Receives California Workforce Association’s Dwight Brydie Scholarship

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 15, 2011

The California Workforce Association awarded Shomari Patterson, a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, with the Dwight Brydie Scholarship at its 12th Annual Youth Conference, Jan. 17-19, in Long Beach. The $1,000 scholarship is named in memory of longtime California Employment Development Department employee Dwight Brydie and encourages educational and workforce advancement for youth planning to continue their education after high school. One of three winners in Southern California, 18-year old Patterson is a participant in the Youth Empowerment Program at BGCOP.

UThe program teaches youth ages 16-21 the skills needed to get a job or start their own business, as well as to stay on track to receive a high school diploma. Patterson has her own jewelry business, Shamazzle’s Dazzles, and plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in business after high school. She is a senior at Vista Real Charter School and lives in Port Hueneme. The main criteria for the scholarship was for youth who excelled in a career program, intend to pursue higher education, and overcame diversity or a personal challenge.

The YEP program is funded by the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County and has operated for six years. More than 160 Oxnard and Port Hueneme youth received WIB-supported services through YEP and other programs for education, employment and life-skills training in 2010. For more information, call (805) 483-1118, ext. 305.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme exists to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. With three full-service clubs and 13 school program sites, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in California, serving 7,000 members annually. It’s also the first Boys & Girls Club of its kind to open in the Juvenile Justice Center. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports/ fitness/recreation opportunities. For more information, visit

This story is contributed by a member of the Ventura community and is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Ventura County Star

Fairwind Community Youth Intermediate Sailing Program for 2011

Posted in Programs, Sports, Fitness & Recreation by BGCOP Staff on February 4, 2011

The Fairwind Community Youth Intermediate Sailing Program is a unique
program developed by Fairwind Yacht Club (FYC), The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard
and Port Hueneme (BGCOP), and D.R. Horton.   The objective of the program is to teach
advanced sailing skills to youth in the local community.  The students will be drawn from the
members of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme that have complete
the Seabridge Community Youth Sailing Program. The program will include a series of classes,
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, in two hour segments starting after each
Beginning Sailing Session have been completed.  The specific schedule for the initial program is
provided below.  The program will utilize some or all of  FYC’s Capri 22 fleet of sailboats; named
Desert Wind, Sand, CompanionShip, and Sweet Deal.  There will be at least one FYC ASA
certified instructor or trainer onboard at any one time for the program.  This program is made
possible with the support of DR Horton.