April 5, 2002

Six Local Teachers to Receive Highest Honors For Ethnic Minorities From National Health & Physical Activity Organization

Reston, VA — Six San Diegans will receive the Ethnic Minority Community Service Award from the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness (AAALF) for their excellence in the fields of Physical education, athletics and coaching during the organization’s annual convention in San Diego next week. The award honors physical educators, coaches and athletic administrators living in the host city of the organization’s annual convention who have made significant contributions to their communities. More than 100 professionals around the country have received the award since it was initiated in 1987.

“The Ethnic Minority Community Service Award seeks out and recognize unsung feats by ethnic minorities who give back to their communities by going above and beyond their roles as physical educators, athletes and coaches,” said Bob Moss, the coordinator of the Ethnic Minority Council Community Service awards. “By presenting these awards to inspirational professionals in the city of our annual convention each year, we have been able to leave behind something of significance in communities across the nation. We are proud to shine the spotlight on hard-working community folk who have inspired excellence in our young people through physical activity and athletics.”

The six recipients of the Ethnic Minority Community Service award will be honored at luncheon on Saturday, April 13 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the Mare & Monti restaurant in San Diego. The honorees include: Earl Faison, San Diego Unified School District Administrator and Former NFL Player and Member of the San Diego Charger’s Hall of Fame; Angel Lopez, nationally recognized tennis pro and Director of Tennis for the San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club; Arnie Robinson, Mesa College Track & Field Coach, San Diego State University track and field standout and Olympic Gold Medallist (1976); Dorothy Robinson, Lincoln High School Athletic Director and longtime physical educator and coach; Anny Rosser, multi-sport coach, physical educator and local coordinator of the 2002 AAHPERD Convention in San Diego; Maria Soto, McKinley Elementary School aide and community volunteer.

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