Sardis secondary grad and Valley Huskers star Mateo Tuioti has been recognized for his commitment to his community.
The Ron White award is given annually to a player who exemplifies excellence on the football field, and provides volunteer service in the community. The first-year Husker is a worthy recipient.
When Huskers football boss Bob Reist was asked to write something up on Tuioti’s behalf, he had a lot to work with.
Congratulations to our Valley Husker Mateo Tuioti on winning the 2021 Rob White Community Service Award! #football #teamplayer #communityminded #rockstart #chilliwack #abbotsford #mission pic.twitter.com/0PR5zLL8Ag
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“Mateo was an integral component to kick starting our ‘Ready, Set, Read with the Huskers’ program,” Reist said. “This program focuses on promoting reading in elementary and preschools in the Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Mission school districts. Mateo participated in the video readings and is an ambassador in the community.
“Mateo also greatly contributed to the Huskers’ involvement with the Bowls Of Hope Program. During his time with this program, Mateo organized lunches for students in need and the program distributed these throughout the schools.”
“Mateo is also extremely active in supporting minor football in the community. He has assisted with the Huskers Kid Zone as well as volunteering to help with minor football playoffs.”
Tuioti did all this while being the youngest player on the Huskers. He was also one of the best. The first-year receiver led the team in pass receptions (36) and yards (395). The receptions total was second highest in the BC Football Conference and the yardage total ninth.
“He is an outstanding young man who has a bright future not only in football but in life,” Reist said.