2013 BAASST Scholarship Awarded to Deserving High School Senior
On Tuesday, March 12, SJ Sharkie and members of the San Jose Sharks Fan Development staff paid a surprise visit to James Lick High School in East San Jose. When they arrived at the yearbook class full of students busily working away, no one was expecting them to hand over a giant check for a $3,000 scholarship to Senior Omar Vasquez.
The BAASST scholarship is given to a high school senior who excels in academics, athletics, and has exceptional community service experience. Through hard work, dedication and positive personalities, these students serve as excellent role models in their respective schools and communities.
Vasquez was more than deserving of this honor. As a scholar athlete, Omar has won a slew of athletic awards for cross-country, track, and basketball, all while managing to maintain a 4.25 GPA. On top of that, he still finds the time to be involved in several school clubs and to volunteer within the community at the Alum Rock Youth Center as a youth basketball coach. Vasquez is a bubbly kid, and after meeting him you would never suspect any of the hardships he has faced at home and with his health. With three very young siblings, Omar was forced into adulthood at a young age in order to help his struggling parents raise the children. Very humbly, he does not think bitter of his situation, knowing that it has helped him grow up and realize the important things in life. Omar’s involvement in the sports that he so dearly loved came to an abrupt end his junior year. After suffering a cardiac arrest during track practice, responders were able to revive him and rush him to the hospital, where he underwent heart surgery. Due to his rare heart condition he was told he could never participate in competitive sports again. While the news was devastating and his hopes of a scholarship to play college sports were dashed, Vasquez remained resilient and used his situation to guide him to his desired career path of helping other athletes, both physically and psychologically, who have suffered traumatic events. We are proud to present Omar with this scholarship as he attends the University of California at Berkeley this fall.
BAASST has rewarded students like Vasquez since 1996. Each year, the Sharks, along with the Golden State Warriors, Oakland A’s, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and San Jose Earthquakes, each choose one local student to receive a $3,000 scholarship and be recognized at an event hosted by each team.
Congratulations to Omar Vasquez and the six other 2013 BAASST Recipients!
|Claire Williams||Amador Valley High School||Golden State Warriors|
|Grace Barosky||Miramonte High School||Oakland A's|
|Halli Dobson||Sonoma Valley High School||Oakland Raiders|
|Medhanie Berih||San Francisco International HS||San Francisco Giants|
|Rachel Riddick||Aptos High School||San Fransisco 49ers|
|Dalena Tran||Irvington High School||San Jose Earthquakes|
||James Lick High School
||San Jose Sharks|
In a collective effort to support youth working towards the goal of higher education, Bay Area professional sports franchise have teamed up to form the Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team (BAASST).
BAASST was formed in 1996 and is a partnership established by the Golden State Warriors, Oakland A's, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and San Jose Sharks. Starting this year the franchises welcome the San Jose Earthquakes as a partner in the program. This unique collaboration is the first of its kind in the realm of professional sports.
While Bay Area sports teams strive to be the best in their leagues, they are also committed to the welfare of their neighbors and fans in surrounding communities. Each participating Bay Area sports team does its part in contributing to the BAASST program each year. With this initiative, these Bay Area sports franchises will identify seven (7) outstanding students and award each of them a scholarship for $3,000. In addition, each award recipient will be recognized as team ceremonies throughout the year.
All public schools within the Bay Area's nine countries (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, San Francisco, and Sonoma) are being provided with detailed information about this scholarship opportunity and are encourage to nominate up to 4 worth students (2 male, 2 female) for this prestigious college award.
If you have any questions about the program, please email Tim Howell at email@example.com.