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Message from the CIF-SS Commissioner: March Memories

The month of March did not start off well when we lost Assistant Commissioner Glenn Martinez on March 1. From that beginning, I wondered how we would forge on. Now, I look back at the people and places I have had the chance to experience this month and realize just how special our section, and most of all, our people are. Here are some of my March Memories…

Tuesday, March 5 – Girls Got Game, University of La Verne – The Foothill/Citrus Athletic Directors Association held their annual Women in Sports Conference for over 600 female student-athletes from their area schools. A series of excellent speakers delivered uplifting, inspiring and empowering messages to those in attendance. Congratulations FCADA on another fantastic event.

Tuesday, March 5 – Citrus Belt Area Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame Luncheon, Indian Hills Golf Club, Riverside – This organization inducted their latest member, Mark Anderson, formerly of Yucaipa High School, into their Hall of Fame. With many Hall of Famers and current athletic directors present that day, this was a true celebration of the past and the present.

Friday/Saturday, March 8/9 – CIF State Basketball Championships, Sacramento – 12 games, over two days, with
Southern Section teams competing in 9 of them, took place in the home of the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. A beautiful setting for the finest in high school basketball and I enjoyed the opportunity to unabashedly support our schools pursuing their dreams of a State title.

Monday, March 11 – NaƟtional Football Foundation, Orange County, Awards Dinner, Great Wolf Lodge, Garden Grove – 98 student-athletes were honored that evening. All of them, seated at head tables at the front of the room and dressed in tuxedos, were recognized for having grade point averages of 3.5 and above, while also being First Team All-League selections from their respective leagues. Nights like this definitely remind all of us why we do what we do.

Tuesday/Wednesday, March 12/13 – CIF Section Commissioner’s Meeting, Sacramento – This was the first one
since the announcement that CIF Executive Director Roger Blake is retiring. Roger has accomplished many things during his tenure, and most significant is the culture of cooperation and spirit of collegiality he established among all 10 Section Commissioners. We enjoy getting together and working toward common goals in service to young people. Thank you, Roger.

Saturday, March 16 – Funeral Service for Glenn Martinez, Sacred Heart Church, Covina – While certainly a difficult day, it was heartwarming to see so many people there to pay their respects to Glenn and his family. Executive Committee members, athletic directors, coaches, and officials overflowed the church in showing their appreciation for what he meant to them and to us.

Tuesday, March 20 – Friends of Golf Luncheon, Bel Air Country Club – A nice lunch is always enjoyable. However,
what is even more important is the generous donation we receive each year from the Friends of Golf. I was presented with a check for $47,000 which we distribute among our member schools to help them purchase much-needed equipment. Thank you FOG.

Sunday, March 24 – National Football Foundation, Riverside County Awards Dinner, Soboba Casino, San Jacinto – One senior football player, from each of the 21-member schools who participate in this program, were recognized for their outstanding work in the classroom and on the football field. Again, seated at the head table in tuxedos, these young men are the best of the best.

Wednesday, March 27 – CIF Spirit of Sport Award Presentation, Whittier Christian High School – I presented Seth Hoskins of Whittier Christian High School with a CIF Spirit of Sport Award during an all-school assembly. The CIF Spirit of Sport Award recognizes students who live the ideals of Pursuing Victory with Honor in their lives and athletic endeavors. Thank you, Seth.

At a difficult time, I am grateful to those who have provided March Memories I will never forget.

This article was written by Rob Wigod, CIF-SS Commissioner.