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Cal Development Gives Back to East Bay Community

Members of the Cal Athletics Development staff spent part of their day on May 13 at Richmond's Coronado Elementary School volunteering as mentors through Junior Achievement.
By Cal Athletics on Fri, May 16, 2014

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Members of the Cal Athletics Development staff spent part of the morning of May 13 at Richmond’s Coronado Elementary School, volunteering as mentors through Junior Achievement (JA). 

“It is such a privilege to do what we do every day in our chosen profession,” said Phil Esten, Deputy Director of Athletics at Cal. “It’s important that we acknowledge we’re part of a broader community and engage to give our own time and talents to that community.”

Staff spent the morning with students in kindergarten, first and second grades teaching JA’s curriculum that focuses on work readiness, community involvement and financial literacy.

“The students and teachers at Coronado are the true champions,” Esten said, “and we’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to spend time with them.”

Staff also had the chance to introduce the students to the pride and passion that comes with Cal spirit.

“We ended our session with a big ‘Go Bears!’ and they really got into it,” said Paul Majestic, Associate Director of Development for Annual Giving and Alumni Relations. “It was amazing to bring a little piece of Cal to their classroom.”

JA has impacted more than 4.4 million U.S. students in more than 190,000 classrooms during 2012-2013. For more information on JA, visit


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