Enjoy the latest podcast produced by the GBA family. We hope you come away inspired, entertained, enlightened and informed. Remember, it’s all in the ganas!
Episode 1 (Sept. 14, 2020): ‘Completing the circle’ by empowering young people.
Guest: Eva Silva, college coordinator/Gil Basketball Academy co-founder.
Born in Mexico and raised in Salinas, Calif., by parents who were migrant workers, Eva Silva is an Alisal High graduate who earned a degree in education from Stanford University. Silva works as a college coordinator for migrant students at CSU-Monterey Bay, and is co-founder of Gil Basketball Academy.
Episode 2 (Sept. 14, 2020): Giving today’s youth opportunities to thrive.
Guest: Jerome Williams, former NBA player.
Drafted in the first round of the NBA draft (1996) by the Detroit Pistons, Jerome Williams (nicknamed the Junkyard Dog) had a nine-year pro career. Today he gives back to at-risk youth through the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders, and as president of The Young3 tournaments.
Episode 3 (Sept. 28, 2020): Resistance and faith: Leading in a time of turmoil.
Guest: Pastor Artis L. Smith, New Hope Baptist Church.
Dedicated to servanthood and discipleship, the Rev. Artis Smith joined New Hope Baptist Church in 1999 as Associate Minister, installed as pastor in 2005. During that time he has helped lead a regional effort toward social justice.
Episode 4 (Oct. 05, 2020): From the fields of the Salinas Valley to the MLS.
Guest: David Estrada, professional soccer player.
Born in Michoacan, Mexico and raised in Salinas, Calif., David Estrada attended Alisal High School and became the school’s most prolific soccer player. Drafted in 2010 by the Seattle Sounders of the MLS, Estrada excelled both on the field and off, winning Humanitarian of the Year while playing with New Mexico United in 2019.
Episode 5 (Oct. 19, 2020): Daughter of migrant worker bridging the cultural divide.
Guest: Dr. Gloria Sanchez, medical director Harbor-UCLA
Born the daughter of a Mexican migrant laborer, Dr. Gloria Sanchez became a physician with Harbor UCLA Medical Center. A member of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, Dr. Sanchez hopes to increase the number of Latino doctors in the U.S. while helping immigrants gain better access to healthcare.
Episode 6 (Nov. 02, 2020): Wolf Way: Reaching High and Moving Forward
Guest: Isael “Isa” Silva, top national basketball recruit
Isa Silva became Stanford University’s top recruit this year as a 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior point guard from Jesuit High School in Carmichael. Proud of his Latino heritage, the grandson of a bracero immigrant embraces the social media hashtag #wolfway, a nod to how wolves can positively impact the ecosystem around them.
Episode 7 (Nov. 16, 2020): Balancing D-1 Athlete Responsibilities and Social Change
Guest: Marcus Floyd, sophomore track and field athlete, Stanford University
A top sprinter and triple jumper, Marcus Floyd finished the indoor track season as Stanford’s No. 5 freshman of all time. He plans to major in architectural engineering and pursue a career as an architect, while continuing as a force for social change while improving opportunities for people of color.
Episode 8 (Nov. 30, 2020): The Power of Public Service and Leading from the Heart
Guest: Amparo Saldana, Local Educator and Trustee
Dedicated to shaping today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders, Amparo Saldana emphasizes the importance of hard work and education. As a teacher, mentor, coach and board member for Gil Basketball Academy in Salinas, she is directly involved in bettering her community.
Episode 9 (Dec. 14, 2020): Entrepreneurship at its Best — a Product of 93905
Guest: Julio Gil, local business owner and native of East Salinas
A product of East Salinas, Julio Gil used his creative talents to build a thriving small business in his hometown. A model of entrepreneurship, Central Coast Sign and Design specializes in graphic design, logos, vehicle wraps and signs.
Episode 10 (Dec. 28, 2020): Playing Basketball with Heart and Passion
Guest: Keenan Fitzmorris, basketball player, Stanford University
Called “a big-time shooter with length,” Stanford’s 7-foot center Keenan Fitzmorris sets big-time goals both on and off the court.
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