“Often times a high school student is so focused on the next step they forget what past accomplishments they have had. Completing the application process was a great reminder of what my son has done thus far… The banquet, the student athletes and guest speakers were inspiring. It was truly an evening that my son will never forget.”
Andre Maldonado, Montebello High School, 2020/2021 Scholar-Athlete
2020 Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley Football Coaches Mixer
January 22, 2020, Villa Tepeyac
This was the Chapter's 5th Annual Coaches Mixer. Once again it was a very successful event and a good time was had by all. There were 15 high school coaches in attendance and six chapter members.
During the program, Dominic Farrar, son of Coach Lou Farrar, spoke on behalf of his father and the Farrar Family thanking the Chapter for the fellowship with his father and the work the chapter has accomplished with high school football teams in the area. Lou Farrar was also recently honored, posthumously, at the National Football Coaches Association conference in Nashville, TN with the Legacy Award and by the Southern California Football Coaches Association by naming the Lou Farrar Legacy Award. Richard Shearer, CIF-SS Commissioner, spoke about the 2020 high school football season. With the permission of the Farrar Family, we have named our Coaches Mixer the Lou Farrar Mixer and will be presenting a $1,000 scholarship in the name of Lou Farrar at this year's 50th Anniversary Scholar Athlete Banquet.
Jesse Ceniceros, Head Football Coach at El Monte High School, received the San Gabriel Valley Tribune's Coach of the Year Award. El Monte High School won the CIF-SS Division 12 Championship, the CIF State Division 5 Southern Regional Championship and the California Division 5 State Championship. El Monte was undefeated, 15 - 0, and the first school from our area to win a State Championship in football.
The Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation is proud to announce that Joshua Martinez of Charter Oak High School in Covina was chosen as a scholar-athlete for the 2021 Team of Distinction by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. He will continue his education at Harvey Mudd College in the Fall of 2021 and will play football and run track.
As an Advanced Placement/Honors Student, Martinez maintained a 4.34 GPA and was on the Principal’s Honor Roll all four years. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a lifetime member of the California Scholastic Federation.
In high school, he was a Varsity Wide Receiver and Safety all four years and served as Team Captain for two years. Martinez was the Leader of the Risen Club and voted All Valle Vista League First Team as both Receiver and Safety.
Martinez volunteers for Assistance with Special Needs Children.
Coach of the Year -
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Congratulations to Jesse Ceniceros,
Head Football Coach at El Monte High School
Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley Chapter
Joshua Martinez, Charter Oak High School, Member of the 2021 National Team of Distinction receives his certificate.
The Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley chapter of the National Football Foundation honors student-athletes from the following schools: Alhambra, Arcadia, Arroyo, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bassett, Bell Gardens, Bishop Amat, Blair, Bonita, California, Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary, Charter Oak, Claremont, Covina, Damien, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Don Bosco, Duarte, El Monte, El Rancho, Gabrielino, Ganesha, Garey, Gladstone, Glen A. Wilson, Glendora, John Muir, La Canada, La Puente, La Salle, Los Altos, Maranatha, Mark Keppel, Marshall Fundamental, Monrovia, Montebello, Mountain View, Nogales, Northview, Pasadena, Pasadena Poly, Pioneer, Pomona, Rio Hondo Prep, Rosemead, Rowland, Salesian, San Dimas, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Fe, Schurr, Sierra Vista, South El Monte, South Hills, South Pasadena, St. Francis, St. Paul, Temple City, Walnut, Webb, West Covina, Whittier and Workman.
"On behalf of Lawrence Spicer, I would like to thank your organization for awarding him. He is extremely honored to have received such a prestigious award from a pool of highly qualified athletes.
- Delphine J. Spicer
Recognizing and honoring San Gabriel Valley’s and Greater Pasadena’s high school senior top student-athletes who have demonstrated outstanding academic and athletic achievements. See our chapter featured in the June 2019 issue of NFF Chapter Network.