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Every week during the off-season and throughout the season, San Jose SaberCats’ players are giving back to the community that has offered them so much. The SaberCats make appearances at several of the Boys and Girls Club locations throughout San Jose and the South Bay. Additionally, the SaberCats are currently working with six different local schools to promote language, literacy and fun by volunteering to read books to the kids. Afterward, the players open up the floor and answer questions about everything from school to books to life as a football player. The latest updates appear at the top.

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IMG_2058 – The Junior SaberCats Football team represents San Jose against other junior football teams throughout the Bay Area. The Jr. SaberCats play their home games at James Lick High School field with the season running from March-May. Defensive lineman Gustave Benthin and wide receiver Diondre Borel spent some time with the Jr. SaberCats at practice, giving some pointers to the young players.

 

: – (2014)The first rain of 2014 didn’t stop the SaberCats from getting out into the community this week. Offensive Lineman Dennis Godfrey spoke to back to back assemblies at Ryan Elementary School. He spoke on the importance of a healthy life style, education and listening and respecting your teachers. Defensive lineman Terrance Carter visited the students of Empire Gardens Elementary. He read stories the kindergarteners, first and second graders. New SaberCats wide receiver Reggie Gray visited with three classes of students at Santa Teresa Elementary, and read some of his favorite short stories!

 

-(2014) Defensive back David Hyland spent time with four different Physical Education classes over at Durham Elementary School in Fremont. David talked about being active and playing sports when you are young, importance of eating fruits and vegetables instead of pop tarts and soda all the time, and trying your best in school. Afterwards, he had each student go out and catch a pass!

 

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SaberCats players and staff volunteer at Sacred Heart Community Center

– (2014) SaberCats offensive linemen George Bussey, Dennis Godfrey and Jordan Mudge, along with defensive lineman Terrance Carter and quarterback Russ Michna spent an afternoon volunteering at the Sacred Heart Community Center. The team helped put together boxes of food, clothing and other essential supplies. For more information regarding the fantastic work Sacred Heart does for the San Jose community, please visit http://www.sacredheartcs.org/.

 

– (2014) Defensive lineman Terrance Carter visited with the third grade class of Warwick Elementary. They ran relay races during recess, and everyone surrounded Terrance for an autograph session. Offensive lineman Dennis Godfrey spent some time at Bowers Elementary, where he read the classic story, “Dinosaurs Love Tacos”. In addition, quarterback Russ Michna, defensive back David Hyland, offensive linemen George Bussey and Jordan Mudge as well as defensive linemen Jabari Fletcher and Carter visited Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen to serve food to the homeless. Loaves & Fishes is a local organization that is committed to providing no cost, hot nutritious meals and support services in a dignified, safe and caring environment.

 

– (2014) The SaberCats visits four separate schools to promote the importance of education, staying in school and literacy. Quarterback Russ Michna spoke with the students of Hoover Middle School on the significance of working hard in school. Offensive Lineman Dennis Godfrey and defensive lineman Jabari Fletcher each spent time at Briarwood Elementary. One student agreed with Dennis that ‘The Cat in the Hat’ is the greatest book of all time. David Hyland got out and read a few of his favorite books to Santa Teresa and St. Justin’s Elementary School students as well.

 

– (2014) Defensive lineman Jabari Fletcher and defensive back David Hyland got out and each visited schools in the community this past week. Jabari hung out with the kids of Briarwood Elementary and spoke with them about what they want to be when they grow up. David headed over to Santa Teresa Elementary to read a couple of his favorite stories to the students.

 

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Jordan Mudge and Francis Maka with Ike!

– (2014) Before the holidays, offensive lineman Jordan Mudge and linebacker Francis Maka headed over to the newest Ike’s Sandwich Shop located in downtown San Jose for its grand opening. Along with the SaberKittens, the duo helped make sandwiches, including the famous ‘SaberCat’.

 
 
 
 
 

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6th Annual Shop with a Cop.

– Defensive lineman Jabari Fletcher and offensive lineman Jordan Mudge took part in the 6th annual “Shop with a Cop” event. Shop with a Cop of Silicon Valley is an all volunteer, charitable foundation designed to give less fortunate children from our community an opportunity to experience the holiday spirit. Jabari and Jordan spent time with 32 students of Santee Elementary School as they embarked on the ‘Heroes and Helpers Holiday Shopping Spree”.

 

– Defensive backs Clevan Thomas and Ken Fontenette spent the afternoon at the ‘Christmas for Kids’ event held by the Santa Clara Rotary Club at Lexus on Stevens Creek. The duo spent time with all the kids and signed a few autographs.

 

– Defensive lineman Jabari Fletcher visited with two local schools last week. With the fourth and fifth grade classes of Bracher Elementary, Jabari spoke on the importance of staying in school and pursuing a college degree. At St. Christopher’s, he hung out with the kindergarten class and read “If You Take A Mouse to the Movies”.

 

– Wide receiver Fred Williams and defensive back David Hyland visited Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School last week to teach the students the importance of staying active. They showed the kids the proper way to throw and catch a football, and played a few games with the students to get them moving around. In the grand finale relay race, Team Fred squeaked out a narrow victory over Team David, but everyone went home a winner.

 

– SaberCats defensive back David Hyland, wide receiver Fred Williams and defensive lineman Jabari Fletcher spent an afternoon making delicious pizzas with Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN). Everyone had a blast, and Fred even gave the children a sneak peak at some of his new touchdown celebrations for 2014!

 

– SaberCats defensive back David Hyland visited with the fourth and fifth grade classes of St. Clare School and spoke to them on the importance of sportsmanship. He even held a dance-off for the kids to show them what proper sportsmanship really is. (and yes, it was awesome!)

 

– SaberCats defensive back David Hyland continued his community efforts last friday, spending time with two separate third grade classes of Bowers Elementary School. With one class, Hyland read “The Polar Express” to the students, and at the other, he read “I’m in Charge of Celebrations”.

 

– SaberCats defensive lineman Jabari Fletcher and SaberKittens Shiela and Yvonne visited with the students of Bracher Elementary second and third grade classes. Fletcher, fittingly, read a book titled “A Big Guy Took My Ball” and all the kids loved his rendition. The best question of the day was “What motivates you to keep playing/dancing?”.

 

– SaberCats defensive back David Hyland visited three local schools to promote literacy and fun. At St. Justin’s, Hyland asked the third graders to show off their endangered species projects and answered questions, including ‘Do you ever get nervous?’. At Bracher Elementary, Hyland read a few of his favorite short stories, answer questions, and taught the first graders the chicken dance in preparation for 2014 home games. At St. Christopher’s, Hyland continued to promote reading by letting the first graders show off their smarts and read the stories to him. The students asked ‘How far do you travel for games?’ and in response, Hyland pulled down the map (pictured) and pointed out just how far the team flys.

 

– SaberCats defensive lineman Terrance Carter along with defensive backs J.C. Neal and David Hyland got out into the community for story time at St. Justin. The players visited with students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and the First grade. The books of choice this week: Dr. Suess.

 
 

If you’re interested in having the SaberCats come out to your school, please email Cedric Walker at
c.walker@thesanjosesabercats.com
for details.