Oscar Jimenez, a veteran girls basketball and softball coach in whose stewardship of young lives transcended the court and the field, died Tuesday.
He was 57 and was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, said a close family friend.
Many of the teens he coached came from San Francisco's impoverished and violent neighborhoods of Hunters Point and the Mission; others came from the more affluent and tranquil enclaves of and Forest Hill. On his teams, which served as a refuge for some, the players found camaraderie and built confidence.
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