Official release | July 20, 2021
SANTA CRUZ, California – The Santa Cruz Warriors received the 2020-21 NBA G League Social Responsibility Award for their Swishes for Dishes program in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and The Athletes’ Corner, announced by the league today. This is the second year in a row that the Santa Cruz Warriors have won the Social Responsibility Award, won last year for their Sea Dub Classics program.
The Santa Cruz Warriors, Kaiser Permanente and The Athletes’ Corner have teamed up to bring the Swishes for Dishes initiative to Santa Cruz during the 2020-21 season. Launched in December 2020 with the Golden State Warriors, Kaiser Permanente and The Athletes’ Corner, Swishes for Dishes is an initiative designed to address food insecurity issues throughout the Bay Area. Through the Swishes for Dishes initiative, the Santa Cruz Warriors, Kaiser Permanente and The Athletes’ Corner donated 50,280 meals to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Santa Cruz County.
“We are thrilled to win the NBA G League Social Responsibility Award not only for the recognition but also for the community impact of the Swishes for Dishes program,” said Chris Murphy, president of the Santa Cruz Warriors. “The impacts of COVID-19 have greatly increased food insecurity in Santa Cruz County and we were proud to play a role in the fight against hunger in the county. “
Santa Cruz donated 30 meals for every point the Warriors scored to the Santa Cruz County Second Harvest Food Bank during the 2020-21 Single Site. During the 2020-2021 single-venue game, the Warriors scored 1,676 points, totaling 50,280 meals for the Santa Cruz community. With the Golden State Warriors contributing over one million meals during their season, a total of over 1,020,000 meals have been donated to local food banks to support Bay Area families.
The Swishes for Dishes program has enabled Second Harvest to provide more than 50,000 meals to our community in the midst of the pandemic, when it was needed most. We’re thrilled to see the Santa Cruz Warriors get this well-deserved recognition. “
“Throughout our partnership with the Santa Cruz Warriors, we have consistently worked together to create programs that benefit the health of our community,” said Irene Chavez, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente. “With 1 in 4 children and 1 in 5 adults facing hunger in Santa Cruz County, Swishes for Dishes is an example of this meaningful work. We are very proud of this program and to have been able to help provide 50,280 meals to the Santa Cruz County community. Thank you to the Santa Cruz Warriors and the Second Harvest Food Bank in Santa Cruz County, thanks to you, many members of our community have received the nutritious food they needed, when they needed it.
“The fact that Swishes for Dishes received the NBA G League Social Responsibility Award in the program’s inaugural year really shows the impact this program has had in the Greater Bay Area,” said the co-founder of The Athletes’ Corner and Golden State Warriors TV. Color Analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area, Kelenna Azubuike. “We are very proud of the success of the program this season and look forward to continuing to develop the Swishes for Dishes program in the years to come. “
All NBA G League teams were invited to submit nominations in each category for awards recognizing excellence in team affairs and social responsibility, with a committee of league and team officers choosing the winners. Other winners of the 2020-21 Social Responsibility Awards included the Long Island Nets and the Delaware Blue Coats.
For more information on the Santa Cruz Warriors, visit santacruzbasketball.com or call (831) 713-4400.