Emerald Gems Foundation: Mission

To enhance the lives of the youths of the U.S. Virgin Islands by providing positive experiences and learning opportunities utilizing basketball as a means.


100% of all donations received by Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. will go directly to Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands.

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2019 Coaching U.S.V.I. Basketball Seminar

By |February 4th, 2019|

Seminar will be held in August and dates will be announced soon.
Registration coming soon!

Camp Director

Proud native of St. Thomas, Assistant General Manager (GM) of the NBA Milwaukee Bucks, former GM of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Co-Founder of Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. is offering their 4th U.S.V.I. Annual Youth Basketball […]

2018 U.S.V.I. Basketball Coaching Seminar

By |July 20th, 2018|

When: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Time: 6pm-7pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Ivanna Eudora Kean High School



Please register by Monday, July 31st via the Online Registration link or download the PDF version.

Camp Director

Proud native of St. Thomas, Assistant General Manager (GM) of the NBA Milwaukee Bucks, former GM of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Co-Founder of […]

KU basketball player from 1988 title team seeks help for Virgin Islands after Irma

By |September 27th, 2017|

ARTICLE CREDIT: Gary Bedore, The Kansas City Star

Former Kansas basketball forward Milt Newton and his wife, Shalaun, have established a fund to assist hurricane relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Newton, a starting forward on KU’s 1988 national title team and current assistant general manager of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, was born in St. […]

Milt Newton joins ranks of those giving aid

By |September 27th, 2017|

ARTICLE CREDIT: Matt Schoch, Virgin Islands Daily News

Like many Virgin Islanders on the mainland, Milt Newton had been watching with worry this summer as the Caribbean endures another hurricane season.

Many of the worst fears came true recently with the devastation brought by Hurricane Irma to St. John and St. Thomas, where Newton grew up.

“A […]

Bucks assistant GM helping relief efforts in Virgin Islands

By |September 27th, 2017|

ARTICLE CREDIT: Minnesota.CBSLocal.com

Milt Newton’s new office at the Milwaukee Bucks’ downtown Sports Science Center is sparsely decorated. The few things in it, though, represent some of the people and things closest to the new assistant general manager’s heart.

Naturally, there are photos of his family, including his wife, Shaulaun, and their children, Shaniya and Miles. […]

Help with US Virgin Islands Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts

By |September 13th, 2017|

The US Virgin Islands, as well as other areas in the Caribbean, have recently been hit hard by Hurricane Irma. The destruction and devastation left in Irma’s wake has taken a tremendous toll on many people. While some were blessed to have their homes and personal property spared, a majority of them suffered crippling losses […]

Milt Newton Inspires Students at Seven Schools

By |May 31st, 2016|

Story Credit: U.S.V.I Government House

ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – Former General Manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Milt Newton, visited seven Virgin Islands schools this week to share the story of his journey from St. Thomas to a successful career with the NBA.

Newton spoke with student athletes about the importance of setting […]

Education & Basketball Enrichment Program

By |February 26th, 2016|

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2016 Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. Education & Basketball Enrichment Program – Minnesota Twin Cities Area Trip Recap

Emerald Gems held a promotion offering high school students in their junior year who play basketball the opportunity to participate in a week long robust and fun trip to Minnesota Twin Cities […]