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John Fernando Memorial

JOHNNY FERNANDO

In 2011, our community lost a very special player, a very special person. Johnny spent all his formative years as a baseball player in our organization and then went on to a very successful career as a starting middle infielder on nationally recognized baseball teams and on the varsity team at Beacon High School.

His 2010 Perfect Game rating listed him as a “National Follow” and a College Division 1 and low round major league prospect.

Over the years, he dedicated many hours to sharing his skills and baseball knowledge with many Bulldogs and helped our programs by umpiring, assisting evaluations and instructional clinics, and teaching in Camp Bulldog. Besides playing on Bulldog teams, he also helped his dad to coach his brother Joe’s Bulldog team, including coaching third base in the team’s Triple Crown Summer National Championship victory in Myrtle Beach, SC in 2007.

In his honor we have renamed the Bulldog’s Golden Glove to the John Fernando Golden Glove award. The first such awards were given at the 2011 Bulldogs awards dinner. A page honoring Johnny was placed in our dinner booklet and a video honoring Johnny was shown.

JOHN FERNANDO MEMORIAL FUND

The outpouring of affection and respect for Johnny was remarkable. More than 1,500 emails and letters were sent and more than $35,000 was donated to a fund in his honor.

The fund will be disbursed over 4 years towards

  1. a $5,000 annual college academic award for a Beacon HS senior chosen by Johnny’s favorite teacher, history teacher, Lev Moscow,
  2. $1,000 for the Beacon’s senior trip fund,
  3. $1,500 for Beacon’s baseball team, and
  4. our organization.

In addition our organization is contributing each of the four years to the fund

ANNUAL DISBURSEMENTS

2013

Hurricane Sandy Relief: The 78th Precinct Youth Council has donated $5,000 from the John Fernando Memorial Fund to help in the relief efforts: $2,500 to the Red Hook Initiative and $2,500 to Food Bank NYC.

2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief: The 78th Precinct Youth Council has donated $5,000 from the John Fernando Memorial Fund to help in the relief efforts: $2,500 to the Red Hook Initiative and $2,500 to Food Bank NYC.

In total, the 78th Pct. distributed $13,500 in 2012 from the John Fernando Memorial Fund.

$2,500 was gifted to the Beacon baseball team.

Beacon senior Juliana Diez, who is headed to the University of Miami, was awarded the $5,000 John Fernando Memorial Scholarship June 19 by Beacon history teacher Lev Moscow for academic excellence and a humanitarian outlook, qualities exhibited by John.

Beacon senior Danny Masterson was awarded the $1,000 John Fernando Memorial Baseball Scholarship for his work ethic, team play, and leadership by coach Tom Covotsos at the same awards ceremony.

Photo: Danny Masterson & Juliana Diez

Photo: Juliana Diez with John's brother , Joe Fernando

Photos: Danny Masterson & Juliana Diez; Juliana Diez with John’s brother, Joe Fernando

2011

The first year’s college scholarship award was given to Oldysh Hernandez by History Teacher, Lev Moscow.

These activities are not sponsored or endorsed by the New York City Department of Education or the City of New York.

Character, Teamwork, and Sportsmanship.