Carlos showed me the power of love for community
I met Carlos a little over 10 years ago. He had started a football program back in 2008. Pomona had not had a football league for over 30 years. I saw families happy and thrilled to see the kids’ faces lit up and to run to him and high-five him every single time – it amazed me. He touched these kids’ hearts. Everyone in the football league knew him as Papa Bear, to this day I hear parents call him that. He started two other Pony leagues in the city of Pomona, which are still active – Pomona Pony Youth Baseball at Palomares Park (since 2010), and Pony United Youth Baseball League/West Pomona at Kennedy Park (since 2014). He was able to get grant monies for Kennedy Park to add lights for the league and he is currently working on a new grant to get a snack bar installed as well. Since Covid started he has partnered up with God’s Pantry and has been helping out with food donations for those in need.
He has touched my children’s lives as well as many others. My kids followed in his footsteps in giving back to the community. They volunteer in cleanups with the city, and anywhere they are needed. I want to give thanks to Carlos Goytia for being an example to our community of what volunteerism is. I hope he gets selected to be one of the people showcased in the Hall of Gratitude.