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PAL Youth of the Month - Ivan Martinez
Ivan Martinez, Hispanic Sports Award Male Athlete Of The Year
When you first meet Ivan Martinez, you will first notice his quiet, unassuming way. Not long after you will begin to see his character and his humility. In this look-at-me world, Ivan has no interest in the world looking at him, but rather, he is determined to shine the spotlight on his peers that are doing things right.
Ivan's mother enrolled him into the PBSO/PAL Boys To Men Mentoring Program where he has excelled during these crucial informative years by developing a great relationship with Law Enforcement.
Ivan exhibits a compassionate heart for his family, younger kids, other students and his teammates. His character is above reproach and his people skills are equally impressive. He also volunteers to do additional tasks during school, basketball practice and during the PBSO/PAL Basketball, Academics and Mentoring Camp, which exemplifies leadership qualities among his fellow students as well as his teammates, and has an excellent rapport with people of all ages. He volunteers in his community during community clean ups and passing out Christmas toys to underprivileged kids, despite the fact that he is just like them. He goes to local elementary schools to read and mentor younger kids. Ivan has a willingness to help where help is needed.
His hard work and dedication have been evidenced by his consistency with being at all volunteer events, practices and games, and his "never give up" attitude even in difficult situations. Additionally, his drive and determination to excel, not only on the court, but off the court as well, speaks to his genuine heart and true substance of character - a true athletic scholar carrying a (3.52 HPA).