Prison Sports Ministries has been involved with the sports program at CSP-SQ for almost 18 years. It began with Pastor Earl Smith and the San Quentin Pirates Baseball Team in 2002. That evolved into the San Quentin Warriors Basketball Team in 2004, followed by The Q’s All Madden Flag Football Team in 2007. Athletes who play sports against prisoners at The Q say it’s one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.. When asked their reaction to an email inviting them to play ball at San Quentin, the usual answer is, “Sign me up! I … [Read more...] about What does Sports @ The Q mean?
Keiandre Arrington and Ronny Murillo are cousins who are housed in West Block at The Q. They both play for the Intramural League team “Hit Squad.” However, in the All-Star game, they played against each other. Murillo scored 32 points, three rebounds, one assist, five steals and was voted the All-Star game’s Most Valuable Player. Arrington scored 31-points, 21 re- bounds, three blocks and was voted Most Outstanding Player of the losing team. “I felt unstoppable. I was knocking everything down,” said Murillo, who also goes by A.I. … [Read more...] about Cousins get MVP & MOP at I.B.L. All Star Game
Fidelio Marin was born in 1970 at the San José farm, near the city of Izucar de Matamoros, Puebla in Mexico. His childhood was one of poverty, limitations, and chores around the house without time to study. Marin grew up without learning how to read nor write: there weren’t any schools in town. Marin in now a prisoner at the q (SQSP), serving a 16 years-to-life sentence. Prior to SQSP, Marin has participated in self-help programs in search of his rehabilitation. Cd: What motivated you to focus and be positive? Marin: While … [Read more...] about What drives Fidelio?
It was a normal Saturday evening at The Q during an ab- normal baseball season. A team came in for the second game of a double header. Earlier in the day, The A’s won the game by their usual double digit margin. Except, this evening, Au- gust 31st, 2019, with The A’s 33-0 and looking to get to 34-0, a young 21yr old pitcher from Pacoima, Ca. took the mound. They called him “Bucky.” He wore glasses and looked very studious on the mound, warming up and seemingly nonchalant. Bucky threw a curve ball and a 2-seam fast ball … [Read more...] about SQ A’s end streak; 35-2
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Kenneth Dozier Sr. is 49 years old from Los Angeles. He was convicted for attempted murder in 1997 and is serving a 38-to-life sentence, having served 24 years thus far. He and I met on an unusually hot Saturday morning on West Block yard to do this interview. I had approached him about being featured in the newspaper a few months back, but I also wanted the timing to be right. This interview was conducted in the midst of the Intramural League playoffs, where his former team, The Franchise, is in the second round of the playoffs and have an … [Read more...] about In Depth: Kenneth Dozier Sr.
Prison Sport Ministries, 16 vs. SQ Hardtimers, 23 Hardtimer Oscar Acost swinging away Prison Sport Ministries took an early lead against the Hard- timers, and fell 23-16 in the end. Richard Zorns led the way with a home run in the bottom of the 2nd inning, followed Brandon-Riddle-Terrell who homered in the the 4th ; Oscar Acosta hit a home run over the ARC trailer in right.JuanNavarro had 4 hits & 4 runs to help secure the victory. North Bay Bombers, 6 vs. SQ Hardtimers, 26 The North Bay Bombers Softball team The Hard … [Read more...] about San Quentin Hardtimers Round Up
Judge Craig Mitchell with Coach Frank Ruona (back) An award winning coach, a humanitarian judge, and two former San Quentin residents came together at The Q July 20, 2019 to participate in the 2nd Annual Skid Row Running Club One Hour San Quentin Fun Run. The Skid Row Running Club was founded by Los An- geles Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell, whose mission is empowering the most marginalized. Mitchell believes that by giving people more opportunities, they make better decisions. The Skid Row Running Club seeks to elevate the human … [Read more...] about Skid Row Club returns to the Lower Yard for “OneHour Fun Run”
Jerry Brown is the head coach of the Intramural League team Hit Squad. Before Brown arrived, the team was a group of players that didn’t have any direction. After he agreed to coach the team, he taught them the fundamentals of playing a 2-3 zone defense. He also taught the team basic dribbling and passing drills, as well as in- fusing his decades of experience with local Oakland players (some who have went on to play professional) and AAU. Brown is 52 years old, and in December 2009, he was sentenced to 44 years to life for kidnapping, … [Read more...] about The other “Jerry Brown” offers some insight
San Quentin’s Lower Yard opened on Independence Day to a carnival-like event that kept hundreds of prisoners entertained all day. A Christian coalition of young incarcerated men, Graced Out Ministries, sponsored the festivities. “The idea was to bring young men and people of all ages together to express their gifts and talents and to let everyone know that God loves them no matter where they are,” said Graced Out organizer Dwight Kennedy. Graced Out Ministries and the Protestant Church collected donations to give away cookies, chips … [Read more...] about A competitive spirit reigned during the Fourth of July celebration at SQ