Raul has warm brown eyes and an infectious smile. He is the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County beloved Athletic Director, and this month he is celebrating his 25th annual work anniversary!
Raul started working at the Club as a teenager at Fallbrook High School with the Hire a Youth Program. He began as a custodian and when Raul returned to work for the Club a couple of years later, he worked his way up from program Club staff to Athletic Director.
Lisa Ware, Director of Operations of Boys & Girls Clubs of North County raved about Raul, “He pitches in to help wherever he is needed, and I appreciate the deep compassion he shows the children.”
Originally from Imperial Beach, Raul 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. Raul is close to his family and enjoys spending time with them.
A fan of video games in his free time, Raul also likes working on superhero puzzles and collects Super Man memorabilia. As a young kid, Raul 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 Raul is that he makes intricate seed bead bracelets and designs his own patterns.
Raul enjoys mentoring Fallbrook’s youth and looks forward to meeting new Club members each year. “The kids’ smiling faces, make my day,” Raul shared while describing his job. “Playing sports with kids helps earn their trust and respect, it also lets me be a kid again!”
Raul 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. Raul 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 Raul on staff and looks forward to celebrating many more work anniversaries!