By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The second-annual RJ’s Legacy Foundation baseball and softball games held at Mt. San Antonio College and Citrus respectively last month, raised $2,200 for the foundation, Bishop Amat athletic director Mike Manzo said. The foundation was set up in honor of former West Covina resident RJ Gonzales, who was born with a Congenital heart disease and died in 2009 and age 14.
There were two games, a baseball game between area powers Bonita and Bishop Amat at Mt. SAC, and a softball game between Bishop Amat and Santa Margarita at Citrus, with proceeds from both games going to the RJs Foundation charity, which also supports the Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles. (To continue click thread)
The RJs Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that supports endeavors for terminally ill children and grants scholarships to students from local regional, low-income families to promote professional, academic and athletic achievement.
At the RJs foundation banquet last week, Bonita baseball player Justin Garza and Bishop Amat’s Dominique Davis, also cousins, presented a check of $2,200 to Justin Hayward, the president of the foundation.
“The critical thing is where it’s (money) going,” Davis said. “To the foundation with the primary focus on helping the Children’s hospital of Los Angeles so they can help kids who desperately need it.”
Manzo thanked the foundation for its hard work as well as the Bonita and Amat parents for their donations that directly supports endeavors for terminally ill children.
Amat baseball coach Andy Nieto said Mt. SAC technical services director Vickie Monegan as well as the Mt. SAC and Citrus administrations deserve credit for making both events prosper.
Nieto, who also played at Mt. SAC under legendary coach Art Mazmanian, hopes the RJs Foundation will continue at Mt. SAC and Citrus for years to come.
“We’re very grateful for both colleges allowing us to play there and raise money for this wonderful cause,” Nieto said. “Mt. SAC is a special place to go to, especially for me. It’s the home of Mazmanian and I know he loves being part of this great cause.”