Mission Statement

  • Recognize and honor outstanding high school senior scholar-athletes at the annual National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Gala Ban­quet, an event with over 40 years of history.
  • Inspire youth to compete both academically as well as athletically.
  • Encourage and promote campus leadership and community service.
  • Promote high school football as an integral and wholesome part of the school curriculum.
  • Support the collegiate academic pursuits of San Gabriel Valley Scholar Athletes.

About the National Football Foundation Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley Chapter

National Football Foundation

Launched in 1959 as the first initiative in history to award post graduate scholarships based on a player’s academic and athletic accomplishments, the NFF has distributed more than $10.9 million to 816 outstanding student-athletes through the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards.

The organization oversees and supports 12,000 members in 121 chapters throughout the United States. These chapters hold over 1,000 scholarship banquets, fundraisers and events for over 4,800 high schools serving 450,000 student athletes annually.

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.

©2024 National Football Foundation - Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley Chapter, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, Tax ID 95-4402414

P.O. Box 93396     City of Industry, CA 91715-3396     562-458-8895     Email Us

A chapter of the National Football Foundation​​

2023-2024 Board Members at the 2024 Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet

Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley Chapter Board Members

Tony Ortega, President and Chairman of the Board

Jim Arellanes - Golf Tournament Committee

Jim Armstrong, Legal Counsel

Mason Bryant, Alumni & Golf Committee

Dr. Dennis Buckley, Chairman of Sports Medicine

Jerome Champion, Alumni & Foundations

Jacqueline Coulette, Banquet & Scholarship Committee

Dominic Farrar - League Representative

Brian James - Tournament of Roses

John Kovac, Ambassador

​Robin Lee-Ramirez, Banquet & Scholarship Committee

John McNichols, Alumni & Awards Committee

Peter Mellado, Graphics and Art Design

Steven Munguia, Golf & Scholarship Committee

​Jesse Ocampo, Golf Committee & Marketing

​Georg Olsen, Marketing

Gilbert Sanchez, Banquet & Golf Tournament 

Joel Sanchez, Chairman of Golf Committee

Frank Villar, Big 10 Football Official

Leon Ward, Treasurer

Rick Zepeda - Golf Tournament & Banquet Committee


Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley Chapter



Our meetings take place monthly August through May, dark in December. Meetings are held locally usually at a Pasadena restaurant. We invite our members to further participate in our committees:

  • Scholarship
  • Finance
  • Golf Tournament
  • Banquet
  • Scholar-Athletes

Click here to see members of our standing committees.

Your contribution will help to provide scholarships to San Gabriel Valley student-athlete football player. As a chapter member, you have direct involvement with community student-athletes. You will join with other football advocates to promote and support football locally.

Membership dues are $60 for one year, $150 for three years, and $1000 for a Lifetime membership.

From the National Football Foundation, member benefits include:

  • Receive the quarterly NFF Football Letter magazine
  • Meet College Football Hall of Fame  inductees at special events
  • Provides a rebate to your local chapter for scholarship programs
  • Vote in the College Football Hall of Fame Elections

Click here to go to the membership form.