On April 30th the SF Giants were pleased to honor Carondelet High School’s senior, Sasha Williams. Sasha is an extraordinary leader not only within her school but with the community at large. Moved by the tragedy of Nia Wilson’s senseless murder at an Oakland BART station last July, Sasha and her friend designed and implemented an advocacy project called She Could Have Been One of Us. Sasha’s goal is to create a one-year campaign that brings attention to the violence and discrimination that young black girls experience. Sasha spoke in front of 2000 people about her vision of her campaign last November. By speaking out and by selling t-shirts and sweatshirts with the slogan, Black Girls Matter, the campaign hopes to raise money for Nia's family and work with organizations and schools to improve the quality of life of young black females
In May of last year, Sasha took to the main stage to speak at the United States of Women 2018 Summit in Los Angeles. She presented her work with the Young Women's Initiative in the Bay Area and California. The goal of the Young Women’s Initiative is to include the voices and experiences of young girls of color who experience sexual violence. She hopes research in this field will create legislative policies in schools, jobs, and communities to make a difference.” Not only does Sasha have a passion for social justice, but she also has helped to create a social justice/educational video game about a young boy learning about his black history. In fact, Sasha was selected for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Leaders of the Fast Track (LOFT) 2016 Video Game Innovation Fellowship, sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. And she represented her team’s video game “Halls High” at the White House in Washington D.C.! For tirelessly volunteering her time to bring awareness and make a positive change in her community, the SF Giants were pleased to celebrate Sasha Williams at the Home Plate Ceremony.