50 Fund Playmaker: Jesper Nordqvist and Greenacre Homes & School

We are excited to share our 12th Playmaker – Greenacre Homes & School of Sebastopol – from the 50 Fund, the Host Committee’s philanthropic arm.

Greenacre Homes & School provides residential, education and vocational training service for developmentally delayed and emotional disturbed males from ages 7 to 20, the majority of whom are coming from backgrounds of abuse and neglect. Greenacre provides a healthy and vibrant place for special needs boys to live, learn, recreate and grow, and ultimately, become contributing members of society.

Greenacre Homes & School will use their Playmaker grant to support their Veggies and Vocations organic teaching garden that helps students learn construction skills, soil development, irrigation and plant selection, along with life skills through the sale of fresh produce and education on healthy diets and eating habits.

Jesper Nordqvist, Greenacre’s special education vocational teacher, was recognized as their Playmaker.

“Jesper  is a truly amazing person, teacher and role model for the kids of Greenacre Homes & School,” said Rich Aguirre of Greenacre. “He brings so much energy, passion and commitment to a population of boys and young men that might otherwise be lost or forgotten. The life skills he teaches really does save lives and he is no doubt an unbelievable Playmaker in our community.”

50 weeks. 50 grants. 50 opportunities to recognize Bay Area residents who are making a difference through their service to our community in celebration of Super Bowl 50. The 50 Fund’s Playmaker program was designed to showcase the real difference Bay Area nonprofits are making in the lives of our children, and people behind the scenes who are making that impact possible. 

Every Tuesday, the 50 Fund – the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee – will reveal a new Playmaker and share that nonprofit’s story of inspiration. Applications are now being accepted for the Playmaker grant program through May 31, 2015.