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Stephen Ashford uses his fandom as a bridge to his own community. Stephen's ties to the 49ers began as a child in the late 1970's when his grandmother would receive a pair of tickets each year to watch their local team play at Candlestick Park. That was the first time Stephen would ever attend an NFL game and what would start a lifelong dedication to the 49ers. Just two years after attending his first game, Ashford experienced his first championship parade, as San Francisco would go on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 26–21, in Super Bowl XXIII as the 49ers hoisted their first Lombardi Trophy.
Though impressive, the parade wasn't Stephen's greatest memory. The tradition that was built the following year, attending 49ers training camp at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif., with his father continued throughout the years. It was a personalized experience for those in attendance. Stephen had the opportunity to meet famed coach Bill Walsh, and get autographs from his favorite players that he still owns today.
Now a teacher of 18 years and a high school football coach, Stephen is a proud season ticket holder of the last three seasons. He was recognized as the 49ers Teacher of the Month as a hero in the classroom. Stephen has built a relationship with the organization to make a difference in his school through backpack drives and school rallies with the help of the 49ers and its players. The memories and experiences of being a 49ers Faithful continues to shape Stephen and his community around him.