FALLBROOK – The Boys & Girls Clubs of North County is celebrating longtime employee Raul Perez. He is the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County beloved athletic director, and this month is his 25th work anniversary.
Perez started working at the club when he was a teenager at Fallbrook High School with the Hire a Youth Program. He began as a custodian and when he returned to work for the club a couple of years later, he worked his way up from program staff to athletic director.
Lisa Ware, Director of Operations of Boys & Girls Clubs of North County, raved about Perez, "He pitches in to help wherever he is needed, and I appreciate the deep compassion he shows the children."
Originally from Imperial Beach, Perez moved to Fallbrook as a teenager and graduated from Fallbrook High School. His parents are both retired now. His mother was a speech therapist and his father worked at Potter Jr High School helping troubled youth and teaching parenting classes. Perez is close to his family and enjoys spending time with them.
A fan of video games in his free time, he also likes working on superhero puzzles and collects SuperMan memorabilia. Perez battled leukemia from the age of 9 until he was 16 years old. Since then, he has been cancer free. Something many do not know about Perez is that he makes intricate seed bead bracelets and designs his own patterns.
He also enjoys being a mentor for Fallbrook's youth and looks forward to meeting new club members each year. "The kids' smiling faces, make my day," he said while describing his job. "Playing sports with kids helps earn their trust and respect, it also lets me be a kid again!"
Perez loves mentoring young people to go to college and pursue good careers and he especially loves it when former club members return to become club staff working with the next generation. He makes a special impact on the lives of those he touches, and former club members stop by to visit him when they are older to express their gratitude and update him on their lives.
The club is grateful to have Perez on staff and looks forward to celebrating many more work anniversaries with him.
Boys & Girls Clubs of North County has a 60-year history of serving the youth of Fallbrook and has many exciting programs planned for the second half of the school year, as well as into the summer. For more information about the club, visit http://www.bgcnothcounty.org or call 760-728-5871.
Submitted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County.