Congrats to our 2021 Youth of the Year Nominees!
Ever since she was 10 years old, Miko has been a great teammate and an exceptional athlete on our Rancho San Dieguito (RSD) Swim Team. Our entire coaching staff has recognized that Miko is a positive young lady at the pool, which in turn draws other staff/kids on the swim team to want to be around her. Miko is eager to learn and appreciative of any feedback. Miko is always striving for better in practice and at meets. You can always tell she is listening to feedback as the next time she leaves the wall she is already making corrections. She is a hard worker, and a national level competitor, and she is balanced with many other activities outside of RSD.
She swims in open water competitions, most recently Jr. Nationals where she had a very high placing. The open water swims she has competed in has helped in her
development as a swimmer. Miko also has a desire to give back to her sport through teaching lessons at The Club as well as working towards her beach lifeguarding
certifications. She is also a great surfer.
The drive she has to reach her goals is very impressive, especially at such a young age. Miko constantly exemplifies RSD’s team values of: Respect, integrity, leadership,
quality, teamwork and excellence.
Jesse has had a tremendous impact on Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito throughout his years of participation. Volunteering over 200 hours, Jesse has given back to the community by coaching elementary teams, speaking on behalf of the Club, providing basketball clinics to younger members, and initiating fundraising ideas. Without Jesse’s dedication to the Club, there are many members that would not have the funds to access these programs.
Jesse stands head and shoulders over most youth athletes, not only in demonstrated initiative, intelligence and creativity, but also in his ability to function as a productive member of a team. His intellect is matched by his ability to communicate clearly, and to project an open, friendly persona to others, regardless of their level of expertise.
Jesse’s excellent communication skills, positive outlook and pleasing personality enhance his natural leadership qualities. His willingness to accept challenges and listen to input enable him to contribute thoughtful, well-reasoned approaches to helping others solve
During this past year, Jesse stepped up to assist in our virtual programming for our Elementary Hoops basketball players, helping with our zoom practices. Even during a pandemic, Jesse managed to think of younger club members. He is a great role model, a natural leader among his peers and a fantastic ambassador of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Athletics’ Department.