Helping Kids Through Participation in Sports
Facilitating active participation for under-served youth
- Dante Benedetti Lifetime Coaching Trophy - Ron Isola, Riordan and John Donohue, Lowell
- Kevin Restani Basketball Trophy - Niamey Harris, Mission and I'imari Thomas, Sacred Heart Cathedral
- Stephen Negoesco Soccer Trophy - Dominic Galletti, St. Ignatius and Lizzy Wagner, St. Ignatius
- Joe DiMaggio Baseball Trophy - Marty Cole, Sacred Heart Cathedral
- Steve Mariucci Coach of the Year Trophy - Arnold Zeleya, Mission
- Vince Tringali Football Trophy - Ronald Phelps, Lincoln
The Dante's Boys Foundation (DBF) is dedicated to continuing the spirit and legacy of Dante Benedetti. Simply put, helping kids through active participation in sports.
The Ball Club Bruins
Ripple Effect 22
Founded by USF Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Stefan Gartrell, Ripple Effect 22 is a faith-based program that strives to reach the disaffected youth by providing career focused, project-based purpose development and mentorship that bridges the gap between uncertainty and discovering their God-given purpose. These programs encourage youth and young adults to be the catalyst of change and growth in their communities.
The Dante's Boys Foundation provided financial support to help Ripple Effect 22 expand its reach within the San Francisco area as well as provide much needed supplies to the 100+ students already part of the Ripple Effect 22 program.
Did you know over 15,000 kids in the Junior Giants baseball program do not have a glove of their own? The Dante's Boys Foundation has teamed up with the Giants Community Fund to help these kids by providing gloves and financial support to the Junior Giants program.
“This program was a life raft for us. We couldn’t afford to play sports this summer. My son suffers from a chronic life-threatening illness, but our coach and made him feel wonderful every time he came onto the field, whether he could complete a game or not. I wanted to cry with joy every time he showed up to see his amazing team and incredible coach.” -- Parent of Paso Robles Junior Giant
The First Tee of San Francisco
The First Tee of San Francisco is a year-round life skill, golf instruction and mentoring program that uses the principles of golf to enhance the academic achievement and leadership skills of youth from all backgrounds.
We are proud to honor Dante's legacy by providing financial support for the National School Programs, After School Programs, and Future Foursome Program.
The First Tee National School Programs (NSP) trains and supplies SFUSD P.E. specialist with curriculum and equipment needed to introduce 10,000 elementary school students to the game of golf.
First Tee of San Francisco conducts After School Programs at TPC Harding Park, Golden Gate Park Golf Course and Visitacion Valley Middle School. About half of the participants from 6 year old "Little Linksters" to High School classes receive financial support.
Ten standout 5th graders from "underserved" communities are selected every year for The Future Foursome program. First Tee provides access to golf, life workshops and eventually college scholarships. This group of 70 kids gets together to golf every Saturday of the school year and five days a week in the summer. Four of these students are selected each year to play in The Dante Benedetti Gold Classic.
FCA Pro & College Baseball Youth Challenge
The DBF is an official partner of the FCA Pro & College Baseball Youth Challenge. This baseball day clinic, provides youngsters ages 6-14 an opportunity to gain helpful tips from top level professional and collegiate baseball student-athletes.
Our ongoing financial support and partnership has funded the participation of 100s of kids in the baseball clinic.
The Dante's Boys Foundation provides financial support to organizations like the Junior Dons Baseball Academy that promotes amateur baseball in the San Francisco Bay Area by helping student-athletes understand the greatness of the game while learning the life lessons associated with baseball.
The Junior Dons are open to all San Francisco youths aged 8-14 that are interested in participating. There are absolutely no cuts. The Junior Dons are currently fielding 8 teams with over 100 participating in SFYBL leagues.
Urban Sports Alliance (USA) is helping San Francisco kids play baseball. The kids in the program come from diverse neighborhoods, schools, and economic backgrounds. And, like Dante Benedetti, there are no cuts.
USA have over 100 baseball players age 8-18, that use the facility for regular instruction and practice, led by volunteer coaches, professionals and college players. In addition to training, USA offers competitive play in it's Urban Grizzlies program. Players are never excluded from any team based on economic circumstances.
How can we help your organization?
The Dante's Boys Foundation provides meaningful financial support to organizations that facilitate active participation in baseball for under served youth in the San Francisco community. For questions or information on how the Foundation can help your organization, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-837-7464.
Ways to Give
Your support is vital to the success of The Dante's Boys Foundation (formerly The Dante Benedetti Foundation) and our efforts to develop the next generation of Dante's boys through the game of baseball.