Andrade, Montoya address benefits of Boys & Girls Clubs at Breakfast of Champions
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: September 27, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley Youth of the Year and Alumni Speaker both told of the benefits of the Positive Place for Kids at the September 18 “Breakfast of Champions” held at the California Sports & Social Club.
Shaun Tomson, author of The Code: The Power of “I Will” and the earlier Surfer’s Code was the featured speaker at the free breakfast, an annual tradition marking the end of the club’s One Campaign.
Chamber of Commerce President John Chamberlain was the Master of Ceremonies for the multi-faceted celebration that included several speakers and prestigious awards.
Santa Paula Club Branch Director Maricela Soriano introduced Youth of the Year Humberto Andrade, 15, who joined the club seven years ago and now is a junior staff member.
Humberto said his background with the club both as a boy and staffer, “Helped me progress to the young man you see today.”
He credited his parents with being role models “For me everyday of my life,” by instilling in him the belief “That I will succeed in all aspects of life.”
Due to graduate from high school in two years Humberto said he plans to attend UCSB and study engineering: “My goal is to work for Microsoft.... and I know with the help of my family it will be a reality, and I also know I owe a lot to this and the community.”
“Humberto is what it’s all about,” said Chamber of Commerce President and Breakfast MC John Chamberlain, who noted the teenager’s “confidence and skills will help you succeed.”
Humberto already has succeeded in impressing many with his determination, poise and affability even with adults including those who hosted him on a special visit to Amgen Corp. in Newbury Park earlier this year.
Alumni Speaker Michael Montoya wears many hats: the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley Enrichment Coordinator is also a teacher at Renaissance High School and Santa Paula High School head football coach, Montoya is an alumni of the Santa Barbara club.
“You could say my experience has come full circle,” and he thanked those who work with kids such as him to make sure their futures are strong.
His mother “strongly encouraged” Montoya to attend the club when he was a boy of about 7 but being shy and small he said he resisted.
But after a few days of club activity Montoya started to make friends and become active in programs.
“Before I knew it I became a Club Kid, and the first time I shot a basket inside it was at the club, my first swim was at the club, my first field trip was with the club,” just a few examples of the positive firsts that helped shape Montoya’s future.
He stayed a Club Kid through high school: “My speech today could have been Humberto’s.... everything he is going through today I went through including having my first job with the club.”
While in college Montoya did a paper on role models, those who worked the club in Eureka where he and a few of his classmates started to volunteer.
Six years ago Montoya returned to the Santa Barbara/Ventura area to be closer to his parents.
“Throughout my life the club was there for me,” and Montoya said the opportunity to take advantage of the club’s youth sports program allowed him to attend college.
He visited the club where he spent his youth to thank a particular mentor who told him, “He told me “don’t thank me.... pass it on.’ “