With a portion of the library decked out in Eastern Washington University red and white, and a room of 100 supporters packed in, Washington High star receiver Victor Gamboa gave thanks.
He thanked God. He singled out his mother and father. He shared hugs with former coaches from the Parkland Raiders youth football team. He saluted Patriots’ teammates he was especially close to – and that coaching staff as well.
He would have thanked Eagles’ coach Beau Baldwin himself had he attended the signing-day ceremony.
“It means a lot,” Gamboa said. “If I didn’t get a scholarship, I don’t know how to pay for college. You find a way, but this makes it easier.”
Six weeks ago, the next step in football was up in the air for the two-time SPSL 2A player of the year. Colleges asked around, but waited on offering a scholarship.
After the winter holiday, Eastern coaches contacted Gamboa about scheduling an official visit, which he took. There, the teenager was offered.
“He is one of those guys we see in this next group of wide receivers – being that we just lost three (to graduation),” Baldwin said.