Comcast SportsNet Announces Start of "2013 All-Star Teacher Award" Presented by Provident Credit Union; Winning Teacher to Receive $20,000 for His/Her School

January 15, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Comcast SportsNet and Provident Credit Union to Donate

$20,000 to the Winning Teacher’s School


All-Star Teacher Nomination Forms Available on,,

at all Provident Credit Union Community Branch Locations or Through Your School,

Nomination Forms Due by Monday, February 11


2013 All-Star Teacher to Be Announced During On-Field Ceremony

at San Francisco Giants Game and on Comcast SportsNet’s Giants Pregame Live Show


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 15, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet, the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” today announced the start of the 2013 All-Star Teacher Award presented by Provident Credit Union.  In its seventh year, the All-Star Teacher Award recognizes middle and high school teachers in Northern and Central California for their extraordinary dedication to their students in school and in the community.  The winning All-Star Teacher will be announced this summer at an on-field ceremony prior to a San Francisco Giants game from AT&T Park and live during a Comcast SportsNet telecast of Giants Pregame Live, and will be awarded $20,000 for his or her school.  For a third straight year, Comcast SportsNet has teamed with Provident Credit Union to award the winning teacher’s school $20,000, up from $10,000 in past years.


Nomination forms have been mailed to over 200 Northern and Central California schools and can also be found online at  Provident Credit Union will also have online nomination forms at and at all branch locations.  Completed nomination forms must be received no later than Monday, February 11.


Once the nominations have been received, a panel of judges will select five finalists.  Voting for your favorite among the finalists can be done online at starting Monday, April 15 and continuing through Sunday, June 2. The website will also feature biographies and short videos of the five finalists.  In addition, the finalists will be featured in personal video vignettes that will air on Comcast SportsNet, and they will be interviewed on select Giants Pregame Live and A’s Pregame Live shows.


The panel of judges consists of community leaders who will select the finalists based on four categories: Overall Commitment; Excellence in Teaching; Rapport with Students; and Level of Distinction.  This year’s elite panel of judges consists of Doug Bartlett, Senior Marketing Director, BART; John Haggarty, AVP Marketing of Provident Credit Union;  Lorena Hernandez, Director of Community Investment, Comcast California; Detra Paige, Director of Community Relations, Oakland Athletics;  and Sue Petersen, Executive Director of the Giants Community Fund.


All-Star Teacher Award recipients:

2007     Michael Meneses – Presidio Middle School, San Francisco

2008     Allen Nakamura – Alameda High School, Alameda

2009     Jessica Schelegle – Sacred Heart School, Saratoga

2010     Zachary Swan – Jefferson High School, Daly City

2011     Robert “Corky” Black – Oak Grove High School, San Jose

2012     Dr. Paul Ricks – Hopkins Junior High School, Fremont


About Provident Credit Union:

Provident Credit Union is a $1.6 billion financial institution with over 95,000 members and 18 community branches in the Bay Area. The Redwood Shores-based credit union has proudly served the Bay Area since 1950. The full-service credit union offers everything from checking and savings accounts through mortgages, auto loans, mutual funds and home and auto insurance.  Provident began as the California Teachers Association Credit Union and expanded over the years to include those who live and work in the surrounding counties of the Bay Area and beyond. More information is available at


About Comcast SportsNet Bay Area:

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 13 local networks that deliver more than 2,400 sporting events annually, along with breaking news and comprehensive analysis, to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Houston, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CSS and SNY. NBC Sports Regional Networks also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see

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