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2023 Academy Nights

We are excited to start our academy nights next Monday, 3-13-23. Here are the breakdowns of the two sessions we offer;

Ages 4-12 from 6:30-7:45pm

Ages 13-17 from 7:45-9pm

If you have a remaining balance, have NOT received your academy uniform, or know of someone else that would like to register but hasn’t, please have them arrive early next Monday. Our volunteers will be ready to start answering questions, taking payments, handing out uniforms etc at 5:30pm. If you have registered or are interested in knowing more about our GBA Select AAU Traveling teams (flyer attached), please arrive and I will be there to answer questions. 

We are having our Annual GBA Gala Event on 4-15-23. We invite you all to attend (18+ of age). We are going to need help from our academy parents to help us sell tickets to the event, please let me know if we could count on you to help us sell so that we can have some ready for you to take home with you Monday night. All help is greatly appreciated, as is your attendance to the fundraiser. Going to be a fun evening of dancing and honoring some amazing people in our community. 

We also have a raffle of NHL SJ Sharks hockey tickets happening next week. Tickets re only $10. You can purchase yours at the academy Monday or help us by selling tickets as well, let me know how many you need. 

See you all next week. Go GBA!

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SALINAS, Calif., — Back in 1989, Alisal High School basketball player Jose Gil and his farmworker parents volunteered at a Salinas bingo hall to help him represent the U.S. at a tournament in New Zealand.
Fast forward 33 years and Gil is back at it again, raising funds through bingo in support of his nonprofit Gil Basketball Academy in East Salinas.
Beginning Oct. 22, GBA members and supporters will host three sessions a week at Park Place Bingo Hall (1045 S. Main St., Salinas), which has been helping charitable organizations since it opened in 1985. In fact, 100 percent of the profits benefit participating groups and organizations.
“It’s a hidden gem for those involved and those who play,” said Gil, who also serves as Alisal’s boys basketball coach and athletic director. “It’s just crazy that back in the day we were selling pull tabs to players with (former AHS coach and current GBA board member) Jim Rear leading the way. From being a kid who benefited to now being the director, that’s pretty cool.”
Gil is inviting all GBA supporters and the community at large to help support these bingo nights, held Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights, beginning Oct. 22. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with games beginning at 6 p.m.
“You can play on an electronic tablet or do it the old-school way with a card and a stamp,” Gil said. “There’s a restaurant, with food delivered to your table. Since I am a sports guy we will have multiple TVs playing football and basketball games during our sessions.”
Community involvement and volunteerism have always been the backbone of GBA, founded 13 years ago by Gil and his wife Eva Silva.
“It’s at the center of everything,” Gil said. “We’re all volunteer based. All of the money goes to cover fees for travel basketball season, to pay for facilities, transportation and everything else to help keep these kids involved with basketball and off the streets.”
GBA will be unveiling special offers for bingo fans through text alerts, including Secret Word prizes, free birthday play, Tuesday Password and more.
“We give out over $25,000 every night,” said Park Place Bingo owner Tony Phelps, whose father started the business 37 years ago. “It’s a lot of fun for everyone. Buy-ins start at $50, and all the profits on those days go to GBA.”
Gil invites the community to attend the bingo nights ,and promises a return on every investment.
“It’s going to be fun and engaging, and for a good cause so It’s a win-win-win trifecta,” he said.

Sponsorship Opportunity to sponsor our podcast recordings for 2022-2023. Our Podcast: GANAS 'Leading from the Heart" is becoming a "HOT" podcast with high ratings, not only in CA but Internationally. Exciting to see where we will go leading into the future. But we would love for your business to be part of it. Once you commit to a sponsorship, we will need a short write up so that we can pre-record an Ad for you and drop it on all of our podcast recordings coming up. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Go GBA!

Fall League 2023

GBA Basketball All Star Game

13th Annual North vs South Basketball Classic

“The Best of the Best” from the Central Coast counties: Monterey – Santa Cruz – San Benito

May 13th 2022

Alisal Highschool, Cork Haddan Gymnasium

777 Williams Rd. Salinas CA, 93905

4:00pm: 8th Girls All Star Game (East vs West) SUHSD
5:00pm: 8th Boys All Star Game (East vs West) SUHSD
6:00pm: HS Senior Girls All Star Game (South vs North)
7:30pm: HS Senior Boys All Star Game (South vs North)

Fall League 2023

GBA standout guard Nayeli Gil-Silva invited to join the Girls Under Armour Association National 15U sponsored Circuit basketball team!

Nayeli will compete this spring and summer against the top players in the country to pursue her dream of playing collegiate ball. Under Armour provides an elite league-style travel team circuit that allows players to showcase skills and talents on route to their dreams of playing in college. Congratulations to Nayeli!


Special Thank You To Our Annual Event Partner The Salinas PAL Center. We appreciate you.

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Eva Silva coaching our young 4-5 year olds