Arrow Award Recipients

Derek Sanford (2016)

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As a head referee for flag football and boys and girls basketball, Derek Sanford has been an integral member of the CYO community for the past 18 years. He has officiated at 75% of the schools in Los Angeles archdiocese--mentoring many student-athletes along the way. Tonight we honor and celebrate his big heart and strong leadership—off and on the CYO playing fields.

Having officiated at so many schools around the archdiocese, Derek saw great potential in St. Albert's dilapidated gym. With funds received from the Lew Yocum Memorial Fund, and in partnership with the J.F. Shea Foundation, the Saint Sebastian Sports Project turned Derek's vision into a reality in 2014 with a total refurbishment of the gym.

Today, 20 underserved school teams play girls' volleyball and basketball at St. Albert the Great's gymnasium. And each December, the Saint Sebastian Sports Project, in conjunction with Derek, proudly hosts the basketball tournament known as the "Lew Yocum Christmas Classic." Proceeds from the event go to maintaining this beautiful new gym. We thank Derek for bringing this project to our attention, and for helping to make this gym available to the wider community.

Marc Maye (2015)

2015

Marc Maye has been a shining light at St. Lawrence Brindisi ever since 2006, when he was hired to teach physical education and work part time in the after school program as an assistant coach. He had just graduated from Cal State Dominquez Hills with a BA in Kinesiology and saw the job posting in the college job office Within one year, Marc was promoted to Athletic Director and Physical Education teacher for grades 4-8.

Every team at St. Lawrence is coached by Marc Maye – flag football, girls and boys volleyball, boys and girls basketball, track, as well as boys and girls soccer. In his nine years at St. Lawrence, he has built a vibrant athletic program. Today 55 boys and girls are playing basketball for the school. Marc has also hosted a girls volleyball tournament for several years for many local Catholic schools, and last year organized the first SSSP Soccer Cup South for Deanery 16 together with the Saint Sebastian Sports Project.

Marc earned his Master's in Education from Mt. St. Mary's in 2012. He is very involved in the Friends Together program with American Martyrs parish and has also established an annual event where his athletes get to play basketball at the Staples Center. Marc is proud to add another title to his name: Recipient of the annual Karen Beebe Arrow Award. Congratulations to Marc for all you do for Catholic youth!

Peter Scott (2014)

2013

Peter Scott does it all. He is Saint Raphael’s Vice-Principal, Athletic Director, Jr. High Social Studies Teacher, Sixth Grade Homeroom Teacher, Boys JV and Varsity Football Coach, Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball coach, Musical Director, and Choir Director. This year, the Saint Sebastian Sports Project is proud to add another title to his name: Recipient of the annual Karen Beebe Arrow Award.

No one could be more deserving. For the past 15 years, Peter Scott has been winning championships and changing lives at Saint Raphael Catholic School in South Los Angeles. Peter embodies the spirit of the Karen Beebe Arrow Award. Whether he’s driving a student athlete home after practice, editing a high school essay, mentoring a fatherless student, or modeling grace in victory or defeat, his focus is on giving back—to God, his family, his school and his young students. Congratulations and thanks to Peter for all that he does!

Vince DiLeva (2013)

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Vince has been deeply involved with sports at Holy Trinity elementary school in San Pedro since 1997. Vince coached the "B" flag football team from 1997 to 2000. From 2001 through today has coached the varsity flag football team. During Vince's tenure as the varsity football coach, the team has finished in the CYO final four 10 of 13 years and has won the championship 3 times. The team has also won football games played in the Rose Bowl, the Los Angeles Coliseum and Staples Center.

Beginning in 2007, Vince broadened his influence over Holy Trinity athletics by becoming the school's Athletic Director. As Athletic Director, Vince has significantly increased the opportunities for Holy Trinity Students to play. During Vince's tenure as Athletic Director, Holy Trinity has added Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Golf, Bowling and Swimming to the sports program. As a result, over 250 students at Holy Trinity play in one or more sports each year. More than that, Vince has increased the students playing time - doubling the number of games played each season for all varsity and B teams. Vince has also introduced "C" level sports teams at Holy Trinity. Holy Trinity student athletes recognize the value of mentorship, as evidenced by the over 20 alumni that have returned to coach or assist in coaching Holy Trinity teams during Vince's tenure as Athletic Director.

Vince's mentorship extends beyond his student athletes. He has assisted and mentored many first year and younger CYO coaches - helping them to secure referees, get free gym or football field time and hosting scrimmages. And many of these coaches rely on Vince for similar help long after they stop being "rookie coaches". Under Vince's leadership, Holy Trinity's annual flag football tournament, CYOs longest running tournament, has grown into an over 16 team, two day tournament attracting teams from throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. He has also run tournaments for "C" ,"B" and varsity football and basketball teams, as well has hosted numerous track meets. Importantly, consistent with the vision and mission of the Saint Sebastian Sports project, Vince ensures that schools with fewer resources have opportunities to play in his tournaments. Vince regularly waives entry fees to his tournaments (which usually include a great barbeque lunch) for schools that can't afford to pay them. Vince DiLeva truly embodies the very spirit of what the Saint Sebastian Sports project is all about.

Jamal Adams (2012)

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For two years, he captained the varsity basketball team. He achieved all-state and all-league honors as a senior, leading the 1990 Cub basketball team to the CIF finals. He was twice named the Del Rey League’s most valuable player and was a two-time Los Angeles Times all-city selection.

His athletic prowess was equaled by his excellence in the classroom. He served as salutatorian of his Loyola High class before matriculating to Columbia university, where he earned his degree in economics. He also continued his basketball career at Columbia, where he was a three-year starter and earned All-Ivy League honors as a power forward. While at Columbia, he co-founded and served as president of the Columbia Student-Athlete Committee, which performed community service activities in new York City.

He left a lucrative 11-year career with Merrill Lynch - during which he rose to the position of vice president, senior financial advisor to return to his alma mater to coach basketball and teach in the social sciences department. He is in his 14th season at Loyola, his fifth as head varsity coach. He has helped lead Loyola to 12 league titles and two CIF Southern Section titles. Last season, Coach Adams led the team to a 26-4 record, three tournament titles, the CIF Southern Section Division IA semifinals and Division I state quarterfinals.

Loyola’s 2008-2009 varsity basketball team finished as co-Mission League champs, CIF Southern Section finalists and CIF Division II state finalists. At the end of that season, Coach Adams was named Co-Coach of the Year for the CIF Southern Section Division 2A, as well as earning the prestigious national Double Goal Coaching Award given by the Positive Coaching Alliance.

As a full-time teacher at Loyola, Coach Adams teaches seniors economics and African-American studies — a new course he developed and shepherded through the university of California course-approval process. He helped lead the second Cubs in the Bayou immersion trip to new orleans to assist those still suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and, as part of the varsity basketball team’s retreat last year, provided service to homeless men at the Midnight Mission.

Larry Muno (2011)

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Larry Muno is the second recipient of the St. Sebastian Sports Project Arrow Award. Larry has lived a life time of commitment to public service as a teacher, administrator, coach and Fire Fighter for the City of Vernon.

Larry was a scholarship football player at Rutgers University and starred at Bishop Montgomery in Torrance. Larry has coached at the Jr. High level taking his team to the CYO Football Championship game. He has also successfully rebuilt programs at the High School level leading St. Monica’s and St. Benards to the CIF playoffs in his first year.

Please read more about Larry in this front page Los Angeles Times article.

Jorge Beltran (2010)

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Jorge Beltran is the first recipient of the St. Sebastian Arrow Award. Jorge has been a coach at St. Thomas the Apostle for over 15 years and has coached/mentored hundreds of student athletes. St. Thomas the Apostle has won Catholic Youth Organization tournament (which includes over 160 schools) as well as finished in the final four of the tournament eith times. They have also qualified for the tournament twelve straight years.

Jorge was recently awarded his Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University.


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