Monthly Awards

Athlete of the Month - December 2011 Francisco "Paco" Gonzalez - Saddleback HS/Kahuna Water Polo

I would like to nominate my son Francisco Gonzalez for athlete of the month.

Francisco "Paco" Gonzalez is a senior at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana; CA. He is seventeen years old and he plays two meters.

Water Polo has been a family tradition in our family. My husband played along with all his brothers. When Paco was in seventh grade, he decided he wanted to play as well. He has a love for the game; all he can think about is water polo since he started playing.

When he started playing his freshman year he earned a starting position on the Varsity team. His sophomore year he became Captain of his team and is now handing the position over to his brother for the 2012 season since he will be graduating this coming June. He has been MVP for three years in a row. This year he placed fifth in the leader boards for most goals in the County.

He also plays water polo with club Kahuna where we went to JOs and was the top leading scorer on his team. He made many new friends not only from his team but different teams that he played against. It was a great experience and he learned new things.

When he is not in the pool training, he is in the pool helping younger children who are starting out. He volunteers his time to help kids who are in grade school. They look up to him, and he always tells them to keep trying no matter what people might tell them. He inspires other and is a good role model in and out of the water. He also currently has a 4.0 GPA in school.

He has received many honors but he has many things to look forward to in life. He is looking in to many universities and has great goals. He wants to pursue a career in education and coach at a club. He wants to give young children the opportunities that were given to him when he was younger. He is very grateful for everything he has received and I would like to give him this honor of being athlete of the month. Regardless if he is chosen or not I want him to know that his father and I are very proud of him.

Thank you,

Veronica Gonzalez




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