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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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Photos: Emerald Gems Inaugural Basketball Camp, Coaches

By |August 27th, 2015|

Photos: Emerald Gems Inaugural Basketball Camp, Ages 14-17

By |August 27th, 2015|

Photos: Emerald Gems Inaugural Camp, Sponsors and Contributors

By |August 23rd, 2015|

Park Named in Newton’s Honor

By |August 10th, 2015|

(Original story credit: Matt Schoch of the Virgin Islands Daily News)

ST. THOMAS – Milt Newton’s park is now Milt Newton Park.

The Bordeaux basketball court where he fell in love with the game was rededicated to the Virgin Islands native in a ceremony Friday night in his old west St. Thomas neighborhood.

“I’m proud to be from […]

Coaching 101 From a Master as Newton brings Larry Brown to V.I.

By |August 10th, 2015|

(Original story credit: Matt Schoch of the Virgin Islands Daily News)

ST. THOMAS – One of the greatest coaches in basketball history came to Ivanna Eudora Kean High School on Thursday to give local coaches a free clinic on how to mold young players and young people.

As Milt Newton said as he introduced his college […]