Mateo Tuioti, a high school graduate from Sardis and star of Valley Huskers, was recognized for his commitment to his community.
The Ron White Award is presented 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 on behalf of Tuioti, he had a lot of work to do with him.
Congratulations to our Valley Husker Mateo Tuioti for winning the 2021 Rob White Community Service Award! #Soccer #teamplayer #community #rockstart #chilliwack #abbotsford #mission pic.twitter.com/0PR5zLL8Ag
– Huskers Valley (@bcfc_huskers) 25 November 2021
“Mateo has been an integral part of launching our ‘Get Ready, Get Ready, Read with the Huskers’ program,” said Reist. “This program focuses on promoting reading in elementary and preschool schools in the Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Mission school districts. Mateo participated in the video readings and is an ambassador in the community.
“Mateo has also greatly contributed to the involvement of the Huskers in the Bowls Of Hope program. During his time with this program, Mateo organized lunches for students in need and the program distributed them to all schools.
“Mateo is also extremely active in supporting minor football in the community. He helped out with the Huskers Kid Zone and volunteered to help with the minor football playoffs.
Tuioti did all of this as the Huskers’ youngest player. He was also one of the best. The first-year receiver led the team in receiving passes (36) and yards (395). Receiving total was the second highest in the BC Football Conference and total yards ninth.
“He is an exceptional young man who has a bright future not only in football but in life,” said Reist.