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A Heart to Give and a Mind To Serve

Our mission is to enhance the lives of the youths of the U.S. Virgin  Islands  by  providing  positive  experiences  and  life-long learning  opportunities utilizing basketball as a means.

The Emerald Gems Story

Early in Milt's life he was exposed to two people who personified this mindset.

The Emerald Gems Story

Milt’s mom and dad instilled in him the  responsibility  of  being  a  positive  contributing  member  to  society  and have been very instrumental…

Where We're From

Emerald Gems Founder and President Milt Newton hails from the US Virgin Islands.

US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands are said to be the “Emeralds of the Sea” and Gems represents how Milt views the youths.

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Emerald Gems is just getting started and we’d love to build a relationship with you!

Emerald Gems Foundation was Established in 2015

Emerald Gems Foundation was started by Milton Newton and his wife Shalaun to help inspire and encourage students to learn the benefits of  working hard on the court, and off. Learn more in our “About” section.

Milton Newton
Milton NewtonEmerald Gems Foundation, Co-Founder, President, Executive Director
Milt  is  a  member  of  the  board  of  directors  for  the  Emerald  Gems  Foundation. Milt received his Bachelor’s degree in Education and Master’s  in  Sports  Administration  from  the  University  of  Kansas. An  advocate for youths, Milt believes… Read More
Shalaun Newton
Shalaun NewtonEmerald Gems Foundation, Co-Founder, Vice President, Treasurer
Shalaun  Newton  is  a  member  of  the  board  of  directors  for  the  Emerald Gems Foundation. Shalaun received her Bachelor of Science degree  in  Business  Administration  from  the  University  of  Kansas.  Shalaun is currently serving as National… Read More
Edmond Tapscott
Edmond TapscottEmerald Gems Foundation, Secretary
Ed  Tapscott  is  a  member  of  the  board  of  directors  and  has  held  multiple positions within the National Basketball Association. His background  belies  one  of  a  well-­‐experienced  contributor  in  the  business of sports. Ed received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and his Juris Doctor (J.D.)… Read More
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