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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By |December 15th, 2020|

Emerald Gems will donate 400 turkeys for Christmas in the U.S. Virgin Islands
THOMAS, ST. CROIX, and ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. (Dec 15, 2020) – Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc., founders  Milt and Shalaun Newton will donate 400 turkeys to be distributed in the U.S. Virgin Islands (Details below). Milt is also a native of St. Thomas and Assistant General Manager of the […]

St. Thomas Native Signs with Coppin State, a Historically Black College

By |February 25th, 2020|

Special to the Daily News

ST. CROIX — “What’s for you is for you,” is a phrase that typically means that today may not be your day, but tomorrow may be.

These are the words that St. Thomas native Unique Meyers frequently repeated during her pursuit of a basketball scholarship. Although she received numerous […]

Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc., Continues to Serve the Youth of the U.S. Virgin Islands

By |January 29th, 2020|

Emerald Gems will donate 150 basketballs among the U.S. Virgin Island Public Schools

THOMAS & ST. CROIX, U.S.V.I. (Jan. 23, 2020) – Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc., founders Milt and Shalaun Newton will donate 150 basketballs to be distributed among the U.S. Virgin Islands public schools later this month. Milt is also a native of St. […]

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. […]

Watch: Milt Newton Summer Classic 2016 Highlights

By |November 29th, 2016|

Take a look back at some highlights from the Milt Newton Summer Classic Basketball Tournament that took place in August, 2016 at Milt Newton Recreational Park in Bordeaux, St. Thomas, USVI.

Milt Newton and Emerald Gems Foundation Visit the Set of WCCO

By |September 29th, 2016|

Emerald Gems Foundation selected six high school juniors from St. Thomas and St. Croix to spend the week in the Twin Cities touring local businesses and the University of Minnesota to open their eyes to the possibilities and career paths available outside of their hometowns. This video photo spotlight their visit to WCCO/BMA TV station,

(Video […]

Video: Milt And Shalaun Newton Stepping Up Off The Court With Emerald Gems Foundation

By |March 22nd, 2016|

Timberwolves General Manager Milt Newton and his wife, Shalaun, started Emerald Gems with a goal of helping the youth in the U.S. Virgin Islands. That was on display in Minneapolis earlier this season as they hosted a group of high school students for a variety of events.

Timberwolves GM Milt Newton and Wife, Shalaun, Host Six Children From The U.S. Virgin Islands

By |March 11th, 2016|

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Timberwolves GM Milt Newton and his wife, Shalaun, hosted six children from the U.S. Virgin Islands this past week as part of the next phase of their Emerald Gems Foundation dedicated to giving back to children from Milt Newton’s homeland.

They selected six high school juniors from St. […]