Juan Toscano-Anderson He always showed himself as a person committed to his roots and to his city, Oakland, California. The same one in which he was born and raised: in those streets he dreamed of being a basketball player for the Golden State Warriors, the team he currently represents in the NBA, now moved from Oakland to San Francisco but also representing the Bay area in the West Coast.
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There the Mexican American did not change even though he is now an NBA player and that earned him the recognition of the NBA G League, which rewarded him with the first installment of the Community Assistance Award. In the league statement, his “constant commitment to positively impact the lives of children and families during the 2019-2020 season“.
Toscano will receive the award during a special virtual ceremony with the league, sponsor Kaiser Permanente and the Warriors, this week. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $ 10,000 on your behalf to the 100% College Prep Institute., a nonprofit organization Toscano credits with helping several of his friends with their programs for low-income black youth.
Toscano-Anderson participated in multiple Read to Achieve and Math Warriors events in local schools, spoke with more than 300 students in Santa Cruz about the importance of education, and addressed more than 2,000 people in Spanish at the Día De Film Festival. The Dead at Watsonville. He also supported Digital Nest, a local nonprofit focused on empowering Latino professionals, during a live question-and-answer session in which he spoke about his childhood, his basketball career, and his pride in playing. with the National Team of Mexico.
In addition, he also organized various community events on his own throughout the 2019-2020 season, donated a Thanksgiving meal to a local Santa Cruz family, surprised three young people with new shoes for Christmas at the Youth Development Center of Oakland, organized Youth Basketball Clinics in Monterrey, Mexico, and led two Walk in Unity events in Oakland, bringing people together to combat oppression, police brutality, and social injustice.
“Juan exemplifies what it means to give everything, on and off the pitch“said Santa Cruz Warriors president Chris Murphy.”The entire Santa Cruz community is very proud of Juan and looks forward to seeing him continue his community efforts for many seasons to come.“.
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Toscano-Anderson began his career in organized basketball with the Marquette Golden Eagles in the 2011-2012 season, he made his professional debut in the Mexican LNBP playing for Soles de Mexicali in the 2015-2016 season, then went through Fuerza Regia de Monterrey, Bucaneros de La Guaira (Venezuela), Obras Basket (Argentina) and again by Fuerza Regia before making their debut in the G-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors in 2019 and debuting in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors on February 8, 2020.
The Mexican-American player currently has a dual contract with the Warriors for the 2020-2021 season and is averaging 5.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.6 blocks in 20.6 minutes per game having played 11 games.
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