Super Bowl 50 Fund Honors San Francisco CASA and Our Volunteer Playmaker!

San Francisco CASA is thrilled to announce that our CASA Eric Lukoff has been named a Super Bowl 50 Fund playmaker, and SFCASA has been awarded $10,000 to recruit more male volunteers! 

The 50 Fund Playmaker program recognizes the efforts of community-based Bay Area nonprofits and the people who make those impacts possible. SFCASA will use the 50 Fund grant to expand the recruitment of male CASA volunteers to better serve the many young men who need CASAs and may not have other male adults in their lives. Watch the video below to see SFCASA's feature. 

With San Francisco hosting the 50th annual Super Bowl in 2016, the iconic game (and the excitement around it) has taken a decidedly different shift than in years past. This year, the Super Bowl will be the biggest and most philanthropic yet, with a focus on closing the opportunity gap that exists for Bay Area children, youth, and young adults living in low-income communities.

The Super Bowl 50 Fund awards 50 grants of $10,000 to 50 playmakers over 50 weeks leading right up to the big event in February. Eric is playmaker number 27. Through its grant-making programs, the 50 Fund supports organizations and initiatives making a difference, tackling big issues, and scaling their impact in the Bay Area. 

Eric became a volunteer CASA in 2013 and quickly became a passionate advocate. In addition to his direct advocacy, Eric also took on a leadership role and helps to train new CASAs, sharing his own experiences and perspective at the initial training. Eric’s professional life is also focused on improving services for disadvantaged youth. Several years ago, San Francisco CASA brought together a local work group of providers working with older youth in response to the passage of AB12, the law which allows youth to remain in foster care until age 21. The AB12 Working Group had begun building a resource directory for youth and their providers when Eric came along as a co-founder of One Degree (also a 50 Fund Playmaker), a tech start-up seeking to streamline access to services for low-income people. He and the One Degree team were able to accelerate the effort to bring all of San Francisco’s resources online, first piloting housing programs for youth and emerging adults and recently launching a groundbreaking searchable platform of all types of services that families, youth, and their service providers might need. 

We are honored to have such a dedicated volunteer like Eric, and are so grateful to the Super Bowl 50 Fund for this honor and the support of our efforts to recruit more male volunteers. If you know anyone who might be interested in becoming a CASA, encourage them to sign up for a volunteer info session here.

Learn more about the Super Bowl 50 Fund Playmakers here