Some of you might have read the heartwarming story about players and families from Danville’s Monte Vista High School — the team that McClymonds beat last Saturday to make it to the state championship — donating more than $1,000 to Mack, so that the players could stay overnight in Sacramento before the big game.
The donation came about after the Mack coach was quoted in the paper saying he was “broke” after covering the team’s expenses all season, and that there was no money for hotel accommodations.
Late this afternoon, though, the Oakland school district sent out a news release saying the whole thing was just a “misunderstanding” — that the basketball program would be provided for, and that they would give back the money.
Here’s what it said:
The Oakland Unified School District expresses its gratitude for the praise and generosity which has been showered upon the McClymonds High boys basketball team in its quest for a second consecutive state championship. The fact that appreciation for this team’s accomplishments has inspired members of other communities, particularly those from Danville’s Monte Vista High School, to donate funds to the team is particularly noteworthy and commendable.
We thank Monte Vista and all who have sent money or other forms of support in the wake of stories suggesting that, due to financial concerns, the McClymonds basketball team would not receive hotel accommodations prior to and following Saturday’s state title basketball game in Sacramento. Unfortunately, this statement, although communicated by a District employee, was incorrect. Oakland Unified, through its Oakland Athletic League sporting arm, has made full provisions for the McClymonds squad and will not require assistance for this purpose.
We thank the Monte Vista community for their contributions which exemplify the generosity of spirit which exists here in the Bay Area. We also apologize for the misunderstanding which prompted these donations and will, as a result, return all donations from whence they came. Although we are not keeping the funds, this does nothing to diminish the gratitude we feel for the consideration shown by our former opponents and new friends at Monte Vista. We wish them the best of luck in all future endeavors and the same to our McClymonds Warriors as they compete for the state title at 8:00 PM, Saturday, March 21 in Sacramento’s Arco Arena.