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Around Town: Stanford's Tara VanDerveer reflects on time with Women's Dream Team in new documentary

Also, Project Safety Net named 13th Senate District's Nonprofit of the Year

Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer speaks to the team during a game against the University of Tennessee, which the Cardinal won 78-51, at Maples Pavilion on Dec. 18, 2019. Courtesy Stanford Athletics/Don Feria/ISI Photos.

Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer is featured in "Dream On," a new documentary from ESPN's "30 for 30" series that debuted June 15, 2022.

In the latest Around Town column, a film about the 1996 Women's Dream Team and the Palo Alto organization picked as Nonprofit of the Year.

DRIVEN TO SUCCESS ... The world is getting another look at Stanford University's women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer through "Dream On," a new ESPN "30 for 30" documentary.

The film debuted on Wednesday and captures the story of the 1996 U.S women's basketball team, which won gold at the Summer Olympics and became known as the Women's Dream Team. VanDerveer took a year off from Stanford to serve as head coach of the U.S. team, which helped bring the WNBA to life.

"This team put women's basketball on the map in a way that no other team has," she said in a June 9 interview with "Good Morning America." "(It) was really the basis for the WNBA and the ABL (American Basketball League) at the time, and they just made tremendous sacrifices."

The film features 25 original interviews and never-before-seen archival footage.

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"As we celebrate 50 years since Title IX was passed, there is no better time to share the journey of these hidden figures of basketball who opened the doors for future generations of athletes," documentary director Kristen Lappas said in an ESPN press release. "The story of this incredible team — one that won over its many skeptics — transcends sports and speaks to the human condition at large. I'm certain their story will win over audiences too."

DELIVERING STANDOUT SERVICE ... Project Safety Net deserves a round of applause for its recognition as the Nonprofit of the Year in the 13th Senate District.

From left, Project Safety Net CEO Mary Gloner, state Sen. Josh Becker and the Rev. Eileen Altman pose for a photo outside of the state Capitol in June 2022. Courtesy state Sen. Josh Becker.

The Palo Alto-based organization was formed over a decade ago as a youth mental health coalition in response to a cluster of student deaths by suicide. State Sen. Josh Becker, who represents the district that includes Palo Alto, praised the organization for its work on improving youth well-being in a June 8 statement. "Project Safety Net's collaboration with our community organizations, schools and local government has created a strong network of support and services to prevent teen suicides and nurture the mental health and wellness of young people," Becker said.

In 2020, Project Safety Net became an independent nonprofit, according to Becker's office. It is among 109 nonprofits that were celebrated this year at the state Capitol.

"We are elated and grateful to receive this distinction as a start-up nonprofit committed to serve north Santa Clara and south San Mateo counties," the Rev. Eileen Altman and Mary Gloner, Project Safety net's board chair and CEO, respectively, said in a thank you letter to Becker.

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Around Town: Stanford's Tara VanDerveer reflects on time with Women's Dream Team in new documentary

Also, Project Safety Net named 13th Senate District's Nonprofit of the Year

by Palo Alto Weekly staff / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Sat, Jun 18, 2022, 8:52 am

In the latest Around Town column, a film about the 1996 Women's Dream Team and the Palo Alto organization picked as Nonprofit of the Year.

DRIVEN TO SUCCESS ... The world is getting another look at Stanford University's women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer through "Dream On," a new ESPN "30 for 30" documentary.

The film debuted on Wednesday and captures the story of the 1996 U.S women's basketball team, which won gold at the Summer Olympics and became known as the Women's Dream Team. VanDerveer took a year off from Stanford to serve as head coach of the U.S. team, which helped bring the WNBA to life.

"This team put women's basketball on the map in a way that no other team has," she said in a June 9 interview with "Good Morning America." "(It) was really the basis for the WNBA and the ABL (American Basketball League) at the time, and they just made tremendous sacrifices."

The film features 25 original interviews and never-before-seen archival footage.

"As we celebrate 50 years since Title IX was passed, there is no better time to share the journey of these hidden figures of basketball who opened the doors for future generations of athletes," documentary director Kristen Lappas said in an ESPN press release. "The story of this incredible team — one that won over its many skeptics — transcends sports and speaks to the human condition at large. I'm certain their story will win over audiences too."

DELIVERING STANDOUT SERVICE ... Project Safety Net deserves a round of applause for its recognition as the Nonprofit of the Year in the 13th Senate District.

The Palo Alto-based organization was formed over a decade ago as a youth mental health coalition in response to a cluster of student deaths by suicide. State Sen. Josh Becker, who represents the district that includes Palo Alto, praised the organization for its work on improving youth well-being in a June 8 statement. "Project Safety Net's collaboration with our community organizations, schools and local government has created a strong network of support and services to prevent teen suicides and nurture the mental health and wellness of young people," Becker said.

In 2020, Project Safety Net became an independent nonprofit, according to Becker's office. It is among 109 nonprofits that were celebrated this year at the state Capitol.

"We are elated and grateful to receive this distinction as a start-up nonprofit committed to serve north Santa Clara and south San Mateo counties," the Rev. Eileen Altman and Mary Gloner, Project Safety net's board chair and CEO, respectively, said in a thank you letter to Becker.

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Rose
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Mayfield
on Jun 20, 2022 at 11:48 am
Rose, Mayfield
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on Jun 20, 2022 at 11:48 am

It would be wonderful to see this documentary. Would it be possible to show it somewhere in Palo Alto? Maybe Tara could be there to say a few words? Perhaps Stanford could host an event to celebrate Tara. Many of us don't have access to ESPN -- how can we see it?


Claudette
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Woodside
on Jun 20, 2022 at 11:59 am
Claudette, Woodside
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on Jun 20, 2022 at 11:59 am

Would have been nice to read this BEFORE June 15 when the show was broadcast!


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