Renovate" the Old Cal Skate" Project

Renovate" the Old Cal Skate" Project

From Katrina Simmons

Project seeks to redesign and renovate the Simmons Community Center which is historically known as Cal Skate, that will bridge fond memories of the past with new purpose for today!

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Update #3

about 1 month ago

We are thrilled to announce that the Sacramento Kings have donated the former Golden 1 Center 2017-2018 NBA floor to the Simmons Center, and installed it this past week. It looks amazing! It is also terrific and tangible proof to our youth that they are valued and deserving of high-quality environments. They will be able to play on the same floor upon which all of their NBA idols have played!

Now, we would like to invite you to help us finish creating a strong physical foundation for the life altering work that will take place at the Simmons Center. The floor donated by the Sacramento Kings covers approximately sixty percent of the former skating rink. We need to raise the funds to cover the materials and installation of the remaining portion by March 1 in order to remain on track with our timeline of re-opening the facility for community use by mid March 2019.

Bring your words of inspiration and wisdom as well as a donation of any amount, and join us as we inscribe the subfloor (the perimeter surrounding the Kings Floor) of the Simmons Community Center with our thoughts, hopes and prayers for the youth and families of our community.

Please be intentional about the amount of your donation; consider it an investment into the lives of our youth and our community. We want our young people to literally be lifted up by the words of their elders and community as they play, skate, learn and grow into who God created them to be/into their potential.

And, we want you to know that this is your community center, that your name is written in it, and that it is a place where you are always welcome.

What? Laying A Strong Foundation
Simmons Community Center Open House and Fundraiser
When? Sunday, February 10, 2019 / 1:00-3:00 p.m.

If you are unable to join us on February 10th, please make your donation via this platform and write the message you would like to share in the comments, and we will have someone inscribe those words for you!

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Renovate" the Old Cal Skate" Project seeks to redesign and renovate the Simmons Community Center which is  historically known as Cal Skate. The building  itself is a staple in our community has been a tool used to bring families together, keep at risk youth off the streets and provide a hub of resources and support for our entire city through programs, services and community events that include skating (with family and adult skate nights) as well as basketball.

The challenge we are currently facing has to do with the facility being over 43 years  old without the proper renovations to have a functional and presentable space. The leaking roof have impacted and impaired our ability to run full programing during the winter and currently, the damage to the floor has become too severe to offer skating and impacts our afterschool programs as well.

When we acquired to building over 2 ½ years ago, we hit the ground running as kids showed up every single day, so instead of investing in the well needed building upgrades, we invested directly into the youth showing up, providing high quality programs and services that the community at large has grown to love and depend on.

Therefore, we are asking for your help and partnership in restoration of this historic building to its former glory but functional for today's generation. Youth in our community deserve to have access to high-quality youth development and recreation facilities!  We know that we cannot do it alone, and it will take us ALL to pull it off.

For anyone who is not familiar with the South Sacramento area, we are located on the corner of Mack Road and Stockton Boulevard (District 8). In addition to the necessary repairs we are also seeking to repurpose this space as a community hub of resources, collaborative partnerships in action, and job creation specifically for formally incarcerated or current system-involved youth and adults. Community residents have fond memories of the historical Cal Skate, as such, our project is reactivation of space through a co-working use that will ensure daily accessibility, safety of the community residents, and that will bridge fond memories of the past, with new memories of how a community was able to Renovate “the Old Cal  Skate”.

This revitalization project was estimated to cost upwards of $500,000, but with the donation of the 2017-2018 NBA floor from the Sacramento Kings, as well as the discount received on the roofing project as well as donations from other partners such as Sierra Health Foundation, The City of Sacramento, Jesus Culture Sacramento, Sacramento County, The Living Room Church LA and everyone who contributed to the fundraising efforts thus far, we only have about $115,000 left to raise and we will be completely finished with this project!

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Katrina Simmons posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #3

We are thrilled to announce that the Sacramento Kings have donated the former Golden 1 Center 2017-2018 NBA floor to the Simmons Center, and installed it this past week. It looks amazing! It is also terrific and tangible proof to our youth that they are valued and deserving of high-quality environments. They will be able to play on the same floor upon which all of their NBA idols have played!

Now, we would like to invite you to help us finish creating a strong physical foundation for the life altering work that will take place at the Simmons Center. The floor donated by the Sacramento Kings covers approximately sixty percent of the former skating rink. We need to raise the funds to cover the materials and installation of the remaining portion by March 1 in order to remain on track with our timeline of re-opening the facility for community use by mid March 2019.

Bring your words of inspiration and wisdom as well as a donation of any amount, and join us as we inscribe the subfloor (the perimeter surrounding the Kings Floor) of the Simmons Community Center with our thoughts, hopes and prayers for the youth and families of our community.

Please be intentional about the amount of your donation; consider it an investment into the lives of our youth and our community. We want our young people to literally be lifted up by the words of their elders and community as they play, skate, learn and grow into who God created them to be/into their potential.

And, we want you to know that this is your community center, that your name is written in it, and that it is a place where you are always welcome.

What? Laying A Strong Foundation
Simmons Community Center Open House and Fundraiser
When? Sunday, February 10, 2019 / 1:00-3:00 p.m.

If you are unable to join us on February 10th, please make your donation via this platform and write the message you would like to share in the comments, and we will have someone inscribe those words for you!

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Katrina Simmons posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #2

Simmons Center renovation UPDATE;
We are super excited to report that our roof project is now completed. This will be our first winter with no rain inside the building!!

The floor project is scheduled to begin next week. With the Kings donation of the floor a huge portion of the cost has been eliminated. However, we still have a BIG demolition project as well as the perimeter of the floor left to go (the Kings floor is set to fit about 1/2 the size of our floor). The complete the new floor project cost $55,000 which means we are only $27,150 short of our goal for this project.
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Katrina Simmons posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #1

SACRAMENTO – On Sunday, the South Sacramento Christian Center and the Sacramento Kings Foundation announced a special donation of the global court used during the 2017-18 NBA season in Golden 1 Center to the Simmons Community Center as part of their Revive Cal Skate Initiative.
South Sacramento Christian Center operates the Simmons Community Center, a youth-focused center located in the facility formerly known as Cal Skate, which has a rich history as a community gathering space for youth and their families. After four decades of use, the South Sacramento Christian Center is in the midst of a fundraising initiative to renovate the building for a new generation. The Sacramento Kings Foundation donation is a huge step forward, as the most expensive component of the renovation project was replacing the court.

The partnership between the Sacramento Kings and the Simmons Center began with collaboration through the Build.Black. Coalition on the Kings and Queens Rise Youth Forum after the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark and continued with the Kings and Queens Rise Co-ed Basketball League, which ran through the summer.

The donation of the basketball court is an extension of the Kings commitment to creating safe spaces for youth living in underserved communities to come together to play, learn and thrive.

“Youth in our community deserve to have access to high-quality youth development and recreation facilities,” said Les Simmons, Pastor of South Sacramento Christian Center.

“We are thrilled about the Kings donation, which we accept as a testament to the commitment they made to invest in communities beyond those that surround Golden 1 Center.”

“We deeply believe in using basketball as an agent of change and value our ongoing partnership with the South Sacramento Christian Center to ensure that all youth have a safe space to thrive,” said Sacramento Kings Chief Operating Officer Matina Kolokotronis. “Investing in our youth through basketball promotes teamwork, creates friendships and instills an active, healthy lifestyle.”

The South Sacramento Christian Center continues to fundraise to replace the roof and complete the renovation. To date, the center has secured partnerships with Sacramento County, Jesus Culture Sacramento, the City of Sacramento and Sierra Health Foundation.

To celebrate the important step forward, a celebratory announcement event took place with special guests from the Kings, on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Below is the link to media announcement from the Sacramento Kings.

https://www.nba.com/kings/news/sacramento-kings-foundation-donate-nba-court-simmons-community-center?fbclid=IwAR29pYdhz9mS5OCV_zB9-JPKxZJ04-K-US-76fZoyMww5XnC0T2fkPGkZok

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