Corky Black wins CSN's All-Star Teacher Award


Corky Black wins CSN's All-Star Teacher Award

June 11, 2011

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES WINNEROF 2011 ALL-STAR TEACHER AWARD Robert Corky Black of Oak Grove High School, San Jose, CA Named 2011 All-Star Teacher,20,000 Check for His School Presented in His HonorEachAll-Star Teacher Award Runner-Up to Receive 2,000 for HisHer School SAN FRANCISCO, CA Comcast SportsNet, the home of Authentic Bay Area Sports,announced today that Robert Corky Black of Oak Grove High School in San Jose is the winner of the2011 All-Star Teacher Award and has been presented a 20,000 check for his school.This year,Comcast SportsNet teamed with Provident Credit Union to increase the grand prize for the winning teachers school, up from 10,000 in past years. EachAll-Star Teacher Award runner-up will receive 2,000 for hisher school.Ted Griggs, Vice President and General Manager, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area; Heidi Parks, Provident Credit Union Vice President of Marketing; Rachelle Chong, Comcast California Regional Vice President of Government Affairs; and San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt presented Black the 20,000 check during an on-field ceremony prior to this evenings San Francisco GiantsCincinnati Reds game at AT&T Park. Comcast SportsNet and Provident Credit Union are honored to name Robert Black the 2011 All-Star Teacherand to present him a 20,000 check for Oak Grove High School, said Ted Griggs, Vice President and General Manager, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Mr. Black has demonstrated tireless dedication and loyalty to his school and community, and thanks to his commitment he has been able to help shape the lives of his young students. We would also like to recognize and thank the other finalists and all the award nominees for their invaluable contributions to their students and communities.Heidi Parks, Vice President of Marketing, Provident Credit Union, stated, Provident Credit Union is honored to take part in such an amazing award that recognizes the tireless efforts of teachers within our community. All of the finalists demonstrated such a high level of dedication to their students' education, and they are all to be commended. On behalf of all Provident members, we congratulate Mr. Black on his achievement. TheAll-Star Teacher Award was created to recognize middle and high school teachers in Northern California who go above and beyond to inspire their students and community. An esteemed panel of community leaders selected five finalists based on four categories: Overall Commitment, Excellence in Teaching, Rapport with Students, and Level of Distinction. This years five finalists were Robert Corky Black of Oak Grove High School (San Jose, CA);Stefanie Blanco of James Lick High School (San Jose, CA); Victor Doan of San Leandro High School (San Leandro, CA); Ken Klieman of Bowditch Middle School (Foster City, CA); and Tony Manno of Alameda High School (Alameda, CA).Members of the public voted for the All-Star Teacher finalists from April 18 to June 5 by voting online at and 2007, Michael Meneses of Presidio Middle School in San Francisco, CA was the inauguralAll-Star Teacher Award recipient. Allen Nakamura of Alameda High School in Alameda, CA was named the2008 All-Star Teacher, and Jessica Schelegle of Sacred Heart School in Saratoga, CA was the2009 All-Star Teacher winner. Last years 2010All-Star Teacher was Zachary Swan of Jefferson High School in Daly City, CA.About Provident Credit Union:
Provident Credit Union is a 1.6 billion financial institution with over 96,000 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 Sports Group:
Comcast Sports Group, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 14 local networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and breaking news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast Sports Groups sports networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. Mountain West Sports Network, CSS and Comcast Sports Southwest. Comcast Sports Group also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nations largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

DeMarcus Cousins leads the NBA in technical fouls. He also leads the league in scowls and he’s even kicked over a few garbage cans following the Kings' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. But that’s just a small portion of who he is.

According to a source that travels with the team, Cousins went out of his way Sunday morning to make an impact in the lives of a couple of local youth in Chicago.

Kids were selling chocolate bars outside the team’s hotel trying to earn money for charity. Plenty of people walked by, avoiding the youth, but Cousins stopped, reached into his pocket and purchased all of the boxes they had to sell.

Later on in the day, Cousins donated the candy to the flight service staff for use on the flight to Detroit.

Cousins gets plenty of negative press for his antics on the floor, but off the court, he is extremely generous. He plays Santa-Cuz during the holidays, buying gifts for underprivileged children in Sacramento and his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. He has also purchased a new scoreboard for a local high school and even paid for the funeral of a local high school football player who lost his life in a drive-by shooting.

No one is perfect, Cousins included, but he also has a genuinely good side that he often doesn’t seek or receive press for.


Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.