My name is Claudia Leist and I am so grateful to be part of the Hoops4Hayastan team. I grew up and currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I am deeply immersed in the Armenian community. I have always been involved in Armenian organizations such as AYF and Homenetmen, and I serve on the executive body of our AYF San Francisco Chapter. In terms of athletics I grew up as a gymnast, but I later played basketball in Homenetmen and in high school. I continue to play now because I love the game, and I am lucky enough to be working at the Golden State Warriors. So much of my life is basketball, and it is a privilege to be able to spread that to Armenia through this organization. Although we are many miles away from our homeland, we have the ability to make a critical difference through Hoops4Hayastan in bringing equipment, supplies, and the love of basketball to Armenia. I couldn’t think of a better fit for me to give back to my homeland, and I am looking forward to continuing the work we will be able to do together.