November 1st was a historic day for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, the Guardsmen organization, former Guardsmen Don Fisher and his family, and most importantly, the kids, as ground was broken for their new state-of-the-art Clubhouse.
Senior Guardsmen and current president of Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, Rob Connolly, recalled taking Don, a 46-year Board member for the Club, for a tour of an old building in Hunters Point that the Club hoped to renovate. Don’s first question was, “Where can we put the pool?”. Connolly emphasized that, “Don didn’t say, nor did he believe, that whatever we provide in this neighborhood will be better than what they had so it’s ‘good enough’. He wanted something even better for the kids on Hunters Point hill.” While a swimming pool was not a possibility for what became the Willie Mays Clubhouse, the new Don Fisher Clubhouse in the Western Addition will have a competition-size pool.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said that the Fisher family “has taken a leadership role in our community and put in not only their resources, but their heart.”
We were honored to attend the groundbreaking and see first-hand Don’s legacy at work in continuing the mission of the Boys & Girls Club. We are proud to support Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco and look forward to the opening of the Don Fisher Clubhouse in 2015.