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VOL. LXVI COUGAR ATHLETIC CLUB NEWSLETTER July 15th, 2017
Today’s meeting has been dubbed “Legacy Breakfast” in honor of our inception as a
philanthropic club, our growth as a group, our work in support of students and athletes
at Escondido High School, our support of EHS athletics and athletes, and in particular
to honor a special icon.
The Cougar Athletic Club (CAC) spawned from former Cougars Dan Gabbard who shared
his vision with George Cordry, Rolando Moreno, Danny Thomas and Chick Embrey to gather
former Cougar athletes for fellowship a few times a year; a sort of Cougar Athletics
reunion. Dan shared that he and other former Cougars were attending funerals of former
Cougars and wanted to meet for a happier reason. The initial breakfast meeting took
place in 2003 at the old Cocina del Charro on Quince Street where almost 40 people
attended. The first speaker was former Cougar play-by-play voice, Jerry Sorg. The
group then hosted former Padre Randy Jones as its next speaker and alternated between
a former Cougar and a guest speaker rotation. With the help of former Cougar football
star, Dave Graves a local attorney, documents to form a tax-deductible organization
were drawn up as former Cougar basketball coach Don Portis, former counselor Mike
Dietz and others suggested that the group fund a scholarship for a Cougar graduating
student/athlete. That was the impetus for the inaugural Cougar Athletic Alumni golf
tournament. Member Bob Wilson helped the group with a generous donation to assure
we could meet our financial goals of helping student/athletes at EHS.
Through the persuasion of Bob Wilson and his UCLA contacts, the CAC has enjoyed various
“big name” special guest speakers throughout the years, including college head coaches
current and past, as well as former players who have driven to Escondido to address
our group and enjoy a fine Mexican breakfast. We have never paid a fee for a speaker,
and every speaker has left with a great regard for our group. Local radio personalities,
newspaper writers, historians, Del Mar race track official, former EHS Cougars, the
list is many who have shared their stories with us. Several stated they have never
encountered such a large group of former athletes who still support their alma mater.
As we celebrate today, our Legacy Day, please reflect on the good that has come from
an idea of a few former Cougar athletes. The Cougar Athletic Alumni is important
to our high school, EHS, as a representation of what it means to be a Cougar for
a lifetime in our city. We still represent Escondido High School Loyal, Strong, and
The Annual Cougar Athletic Club Golf Scholarship Tournament is scheduled for Saturday
September 16th at Reidy Creek Golf Course on North Broadway. Starting time is 8:00
am. And the cost is $75 per golfer or $300 per foursome. There is room for 72 golfers
and we would like to fill all the slots in order to earn more money for our scholarship
fund to award to scholar/athletes from Escondido High School. If you are not a golfer,
please consider a donation for a sign that will be posted on one of the 18 tee areas
on the golf course. This sign can be your business, or family name, or Go Cougars
with your name. These signs are $75 and tax deductible. Please contact Sal Garcia
or Dave DeWitt for any questions. The best part of the day is always the BBQ after
golfing provided by Bob and Arlene Shuster! The Shuster’s have been long time supporters
of Escondido High School activities. Hope to see you on September 16th.
Speaking of Scholarships, our club presented four senior scholar/athletes from EHS
with awards of $1000 each at Senior Awards Night in May. The recipients were: Maria
Ramirez, Tommy Tran, Edith Corrine Latuilippe, and Angela Docena. Congratulations!
Escondido High School has announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2018. New inductees
are: Jim Atkins, Donny Anderson, Brady Clay, Dave Graves, Hannah Turner Siberksy,
and Art Warren. Ceremonies will occur at a to be determined date in February of 2018.
Hope to see you there!
Sadly, Ed Thomas and Bill Thurmond recently passed away.
Please calendar October 14th for our next meeting date. Speaker has not yet been