On Saturday, June 15th, the San Francisco Foster Youth Fund, a non-profit started by children’s protective services workers to raise funds for foster children, will be staging its 24th annual charity softball tournament. Two dozen teams, including supportive community organizations, but largely drawn from city government departments, will be competing in a one-day, double-elimination tournament at Moscone Field in the Marina. The tournament attracts over 500 players, plus their families.
This year the Fund is proud to announce a permanent change in the name of the tournament to honor the work of Mae Louise Mays. She was an adoptions worker for the city during the 1960s and early 70s, and a pioneer in recruiting African American families to adopt African American children from foster care. Social workers today build on her work. Ms. Mays also has a unique connection, having married the greatest baseball player ever, one who had a similar commitment to helping children, Willie Mays. Mae Louise Mays passed away in April, 2013.