MSJC's Virgil Honored by Tinsel Triathlon Foundation

MSJC Football player Brett Virgil was one of three local athletes honred by the Tinsel Triathlon Foundation this month.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)
MSJC Football player Brett Virgil was one of three local athletes honred by the Tinsel Triathlon Foundation this month. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)

This month, the Tinsel Triathlon Foundation will honor "Excellence in Athletics" at the "Hats Off to High Hopes" celebration set for Friday, February 22, at the Downtown Deli and Coffee Company in the
City of Hemet. The 3 individuals selected for this esteemed recognition were chosen for their sports acumen, academic performance, and their focus on their future. Our hats are off to the following:

Brett Virgil, a student and football quarterback at Mt. San Jacinto College, was selected due to his focus on his education and his ability to make thought-out critical decisions regarding his future. Head football coach, Casey Mazzotta asserted that Virgil "is an outstanding student-athlete and has been since he was in high school. What sets him apart is that he is a very good leader who has the ability to help those around him elevate their performance as well. He is a great person who is interested in becoming the very best he can be, and I love being around young men with that type of mindset". Virgil's plans include pursuing a psychology degree, and, he anticipates accepting one of the many full-ride football scholarships that have been offered to a university where he will continue his education and love for the sport of football.

Micayla Johnson-Byrd, a Hemet High School sophomore, is a team member of the Hemet High varsity softball team. According to her father, Gary Byrd, Micayla has long held a love for baseball since the age of 5. In fact, she won first place at Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim last June. She's a young lady focused on family, school and her sport.

Jesse Zuniga, an alumnus out of the San Jacinto Valley's Cops 4 Kids & Communities, began boxing at their non-profit based facility at the age of 15 while a sophomore at San Jacinto High School. Today, while maintaining his relationship with Cops 4 kids, Jesse is currently attending Mt. San Jacinto College with a focus on criminal justice all while negotiating the interview process to attend the Los Angeles Police Department Police Academy. Jeff Penn, the center's executive director and former San Jacinto police officer, stated that the core mission of his agency works diligently to build positive mentoring relationships between teens, public safety professionals and members of the community through educational, athletic, and leadership development programs.

The Tinsel Triathlon Foundation was founded to further our passion of captivating folks from all walks of life through competitive endurance and organized sports. The Tinsel Triathlon Foundation provides individuals an opportunity to exhaust their human potential by falling in love with physical activity with no barriers.

For more information about the foundation and their Hats off to High Hopes event, see them online at WWW.TINSELTRIATHLONFOUNDATION.ORG