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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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 […]

2016 Emerald Gems Basketball Camp – Group Photos

By |November 4th, 2016|

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2016 Emerald Gems Basketball Camp – Day 2

By |November 4th, 2016|

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Students Enjoy Northern Exposure in Minn.

By |March 11th, 2016|

By MATT SCHOCH – Daily News Staff

D’Shanee’ Blake enjoyed her time in Minnesota last week so much that she hopes to be back soon.

Blake was one of six high school juniors from the Virgin Islands who earned an experience of a lifetime thanks to a famous Virgin Islands son.

Minnesota Timberwolves GM Milt Newton and his […]

Newton’s Journey from V.I. to NBA General Manager

By |December 6th, 2015|

CREDIT: Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kent Amos sat in his Washington, D.C., living room 36 years ago, three lost boys standing before him.

Amos and his wife Carmen were embarking on a new mentoring program for wayward children, and 14-year-old Milt Newton was among the first three candidates to receive the family’s help.

“There were bigger […]

Photos: Emerald Gems Inaugural Basketball Camp, Friends and Family

By |August 24th, 2015|

Photos: Emerald Gems Inaugural Camp, Sponsors and Contributors

By |August 23rd, 2015|

Milt Newton Giving Back

By |June 18th, 2015|

(The following article was published on LJWorld.com. Credit Gary Bedore)

Minnesota Timberwolves general manager/former Kansas University guard Milt Newton, who was born and raised in the Virgin Islands, returned to St. Thomas with his wife, Shalaun Newton, earlier this month to speak with youths about the importance of education and also announce the formation of a charitable […]

V.I.’s Newton Comes Home

By |June 16th, 2015|

The following article was written BY MATT SCHOCH (DAILY NEWS STAFF) visit original article

ST. THOMAS – The Minnesota Timberwolves front office was lauded by much of the sports world in its handling of a tough situation last offseason.

Faced with losing him after this season for nothing, the National Basketball Association franchise traded its most recognizable player, […]