By Nick Sestanovich
Although the San Francisco Giants were unable to extend their even-year World Series streak in 2016, shortstop Brandon Crawford is using his power to help schools win. In conjunction with KNBR and Wells Fargo, Crawford founded the Step Up to the Plate Foundation in which $100,000 in grant money is provided to be evenly distributed among 25 Bay Area schools which have a specific academic or athletic need.
This year, Robert Semple Elementary was one of the recipients, and it was largely due to one second-grade teacher.
Chelsea Masters, a self-proclaimed Giants fan, had heard about the grant and thought Robert Semple could benefit from it.
“I’d heard about their Step Up to the Plate grant, where they were trying to get sports equipment, art supplies or technology into schools,” she said. “The deal was, you just had to explain in 500 words or less why your school would need it.”