The Castro Valley Sports Foundation (CVSF) was founded in 2002 as a nonprofit corporation to provide charitable assistance and support for sports and athletics in Castro Valley, including the sports programs of the Castro Valley Unified School District. The first immediate goal of the Foundation was to replace the half-century old football/track facility at Castro Valley High School with a new state-of-the-art football/track/soccer stadium. It soon became clear that the only way to finance such an ambitious project was to pass a bond issue.
The School District Board of Trustees passed a resolution in August 2005 authorizing an election for a $44 million bond for a new stadium and other district-wide improvements. Measure B was then placed on the November 2005 ballot. The Sports Foundation vigorously campaigned for the measure and it passed. The result was a beautiful new 4,000-seat stadium, which opened in time for the 2007 football season.
In addition to campaigning for Measure B, the Castro Valley Sports Foundation donated $180,000 to the School District for an electronic marquee on Redwood Road outside the stadium entrance and a message board inside the stadium, both of which are now in place.
Regrettably, the finances budgeted from the bond did not allow for the building of a new baseball/softball complex that was part of the original master plan at the high school. The CVSF is now exploring other means to raise money for that project.
As the CVSF pursues its commitment to raise funds for sports and athletics in Castro Valley, here is how the CVSF has given back to the community:
In 2010, the CVSF donated $26,500 to the CVUSD to help fund all sports at CV high school and close a CVUSD budget gap of over $250,000 that otherwise would have eliminated all high school sports at Castro Valley High School for 2010-2011 school year.
In 2008, the CVSF donated another $16,500 to various interscholastic sports programs at Castro Valley High School. The money was distributed in 17 grants ranging in value from $300 to $1,500 and included all girls and boys programs such as: storage container for track and field, electronic scoreboard for wrestling, pitching machine for girls' softball, place clock for swimming, helmets for football, and training equipment for soccer.
In 2007, the CVSF donated $4,500 for the purchase of a portable batting cage for the CVHS baseball program.
The CVSF donated more than $180,000 towards the CVHS football stadium project
Most recently between 2011 – 2022, CVSF has donated between $15,000 - $28,000 yearly through the grant program to different youth sports organizations and teams from CV Little League, Canyon/Creekside Middle School Tennis Program, Elementary Schools Track Programs, CV Track Club, CVSC Top Soccer Program and numerous CVHS sports programs.