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GBA youth want to attend college but do not know where to start. This program will have college workshops, field trips, and guest speakers to inspire youth to attend college.
This big idea builds on the fact that GBA's mission is to give youth a world view. By exposing them to college campuses, bringing guest speakers, and holding college application workshops, the youth will get the preparation needed to seek a higher education. Many of our students will be the first in their family to go to college and do not have the means to hire a college advisor or attend some of the classes offered through the official college recruitment companies. By starting a college campaign, we will expose our youth not only through the field trips but also by bringing in college students, counselors, and recruiters to our academy nights.

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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.

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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!


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

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