Each year, the Monterey Park Mustangs recognize outstanding players that have demonstrated a deep commitment to the community, academics,
leadership and sportsmanship. This year’s winners of the Kevyn Nojima Memorial Scholarship and the Yosh Hirai Memorial Service Award are:
Kevyn Nojima Memorial Scholarship recipients:
The selected recipients of this award have demonstrated service to the Monterey Park Mustangs in addition to service to his or her community. The recipients have exhibited admirable sportsmanship and leadership qualities. This award recognizes youth who serve as well-rounded role models for the younger members in the Monterey Park Mustangs organization. In addition to this, the award recipients must have demonstrated strong academics with a minimum non-weighted GPA of 3.0
The Kevyn Nojima Memorial Scholarship honors Kevyn Nojima who was a dedicated and caring player and then coach for the Mustangs. His mom served as Treasurer for many years on the Mustangs Board. Kevyn battled with bone cancer. Even after his arms and shoulders were amputated, he continued to coach for Mustangs. Kevyn lost his battle with cancer at the young age of 22. This Memorial Scholarship is in honor of Kevyn’s commitment to the Mustangs and in celebration of his life.
Our first recipient of this award is Renae Tamura from the Mustangs Rainbows team. Last night at the team rep annual dinner we recognized Renae Tamura who is unable to attend today because she is moving into her dorm at Pomona College. We wish her all the best!
Our 2nd recipient of the Kevyn Nojima Memorial Scholarship is Ivan Ip from the Mustangs Inferno. Ivan volunteered throughout his Prep years with Mustangs as a coach for our Clinics as well as for numerous clean up shifts for both Gedatsu Moon Fest as well as Cherry Blossom Fest. Ivan played basketball at Rosemead high were he also served on ASB as well as being the Captain of the Varsity basketball team. Ivan is also an elite diver and will be attending Brown University where he will be on their dive team.
Yosh Hirai Memorial Service Award:
The selected recipients of this award have demonstrated service to the Monterey Park Mustangs in addition to service to his or her community. The recipients have exhibited admirable sportsmanship and leadership qualities. This award recognizes youth who serve as well-rounded role models for the younger members in the Monterey Park Mustangs organization.
This is our second year presenting this very special award in honor of Yosh Hirai. Yosh was an inspiring, dedicated and devoted member of the Monterey Park Mustangs. His service to the Mustangs and to the CYC community will never be forgotten by those whose lives were positively impacted because of his love for basketball and for his community. He demonstrated the very best of sportsmanship and leadership and encouragement. Yosh is very much missed.
Our first recipient of this award is Taylor Yoshida from the Mustangs Rainbows. Taylor has volunteered as a Mustangs Coach for our clinics, has helped collect toys for the clinic raffles, has volunteered at the Gedatsu Moon Fest as well as the Cherry Blossom Fest and has even helped us design past Mustangs t shirts. Taylor has volunteered at the Union Station Homeless Shelter, with the boys and girls club, the Special Olympics camp, and has even participated in a 5K run to support hospital transportation in Nicaragua. Taylor played basketball, softball and volleyball at school and participated in a number of school clubs. She will be attending Occidental where she will be on the basketball team.
Our 2nd recipient of the Yosh Hirai award is Joshua Kim from the Mustangs Inferno. Josh has volunteered at our Mustangs clinic and helping to both set up and clean up after Cherry Blossom. He has been a scorekeeper for both CYC as well as for the Jets Tournament. Josh has volunteered in numerous ways including working with the homeless, volunteer coaching, helping with set up and clean up at church as well as a missions trip to New Orleans helping to clean up one of the local schools. Josh played basketball and football plus was on the national honors society. Josh will be attending Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan.