The San Diego Hall of Champions awards program is better known as the Breitbard Athletic Foundation honoring San Diego athletes at the junior, prep, amateur, professional and senior level.
History of the Breitbard Athletic Foundation
San Diego sportsman, Bob Breitbard, founded the Breitbard Athletic Foundation as a non-profit organization in 1946. The purpose of the foundation was to promote educational work, recognize significant athletic achievement, encourage competition, and stimulate interest in athletics amongst the youth of San Diego County.
The Foundation Board of Governors developed an extensive award system for all levels of athletes, and to this day tens of thousands of athletes have been so honored.
In 1974, the Breitbard Athletic Foundation turned over its assets to the San Diego Hall of Champions. These assets included hundreds of pieces of memorabilia collected by members of the Board of Governors over the years. A film library, files containing data on local sports, and various pieces of furniture and equipment were all a part of the collection. Some of the memorabilia has been put on display at the San Diego Hall of Champions for the public to enjoy. The Hall also continues the function of the Breitbard Athletic Foundation in making appropriate awards and giving recognition to the athletes of San Diego on a monthly and annual basis.
Currently, The San Diego Hall of Champions bestows the following awards:
- Stars of the Month (Prep, Amateur and Professional)
- Stars of the Year (Amateur and Professional)
- Challenged Athlete of the Year Award
- Ernest H. Wright Sr. Humanitarian Award
- Community Champion Award
- Breitbard Hall of Fame Induction
- The Russ Saunders and Mauren Connolly Awards
- San Diego County High School Coaching Legends Award
- San Diego County High School Males and Female Coaches of Year Award
- Special Recognition Awards
- Junior Champion Youth Football Award
- Breitbard Athletic Foundation All-League Certificates (High School)
- Breitbard Athletic Foundation All-CIF Certificates (High School)
- Breitbard Athletic Foundation All-County Certificates (High School)