2020 CHAMPIONS OF YOUTH LUNCHEON
The Y’s Champions of Youth Luncheon honors individuals whose commitment to building positive relationships with youth is making San Bernardino County a better place for young people to live, grow, and thrive. Representatives from local governments, businesses, schools, community organizations, and the faith community are expected to attend.
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Champion of Youth Award
Jim Kliegl was born in San Gabriel, California. From an early age he loved sports and always wanted to be a part of them. Sprouting to 6’2” at the age of 12, he quickly fell in love with basketball. He went on to play for his high school in San Dimas, where he was a basketball and track letterman, graduating with honors. He married his best friend Michelle in 1998 and has 2 beautiful children, Zachary and Natalia. In 2006 Zachary began to follow in father’s footsteps, becoming involved in basketball through city programs. After all the city coaches quit the league just 2 weeks into the season, Jim took on the task of coaching all 4 city basketball teams as a volunteer. The parents of the league were impressed with his ability to run the league single-handedly with such kindness and inspiration. In 2012 Jim heard about the newly constructed Scheu Family YMCA of Upland. Impressed with the emphasis on family and friendships in addition to traditional teamwork and competition, Jim and a fellow YMCA coach discussed the possibility of a travel basketball team with the Y’s branch director. The goal was to create a competitive league for advanced players in the community and at the YMCA. The Saints travel team has been tremendously successful, winning multiple championships against long-established leagues while encouraging positivity, teamwork, friendships, and well-being. The team has attracted lots of interest and participation over the last 2 years, serving hundreds of youth and inspiring young athletes to be all they can be. In total, Coach Jim has coached over 50 basketball teams and has dedicated over 2,000 volunteer hours to our YMCA. Thank you, Coach Jim. We are honored to recognize you as our 2019 Champion of Youth.
Bill Huff has been involved in Upland particularly since he first graduated with an engineering degree from University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1959. Already married with two young sons, William and Steven, Bill maneuvered into the real estate business and established the Huff Family LP DBA Huff Properties company in 1962, all while still working on his graduate Business degree from Cal State Fullerton. Bill’s first philanthropic deed was establishing Mining and Industrial Engineering Scholarships in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1983, a tribute to his home school and studies. Since then Bill has donated to various other organizations, including Cal Poly Pomona, the Scheu Family YMCA of Upland, and the San Antonio Hospital Foundation to name a few. These funds have been used to support jazz band, give educational scholarships, build a dental clinic, expand hospitals, and build an aquatics center at the Y—all activities that are vital to healthy living and where Bill stepped in to help when the community was struggling.
Aside from monetary contributions, Bill has donated countless hours as a leading member in numerous organizations, including American Legion, Upland Foothill Kiwanis, Elks Lodge, the Inland Empire Baseball Association, Upland Colt league, Upland Pony League, and Upland National Little League. He has served on many committees and received quite a few awards for his acts of service over the last 50 years. Bill came to the YMCA board 25 years ago and has since helped the Y to expand its parameters, both in building size and in our ability to assist the low-income segment of our community. He is active, creative, and supportive in helping to plan each of the Y’s fundraising special events every year. The Huff Family Foundation, established in 2003, continues to support non-profit organizations and other charities to this day.
Thousands of kids and families are able to swim every day due to Bill’s generosity. Each year Bill donates thousands of hours to his community. Bill’s latest donation to the Y will allow 900 first graders in Upland to learn vital lifesaving lessons in or around water. Thank you, Bill, for always stepping up when called upon.
Dr. Loren Sanchez
Dr. Loren Sanchez was born and raised in Upland. He met his wife while attending Chaffey College and they married in 1957. Loren has one son, Dean, one daughter, Sharron, 2 granddaughters, 1 great grandson, and one great granddaughter. After receiving a bachelor’s from the University of Redlands and completing his teaching credentials, he began teaching elementary school and was first employed in the Upland Unified School District as a teacher in 1958. He moved his way up the ladder and eventually became Superintendent of UUSD in 1988. After 11 years of being Superintendent and dedicating 41 years to education in Upland, Dr. Sanchez retired from his life-long career at the UUSD and was able to spend more time with his wife, Kay, and two children, Dean and Sharron. He has remained an active member and VIP in Upland long after retirement, serving as a volunteer and being a board member in 16 different organizations. Some of these organizations include: San Antonio Hospital (where he was born), Upland Public Library, Foothill Family Shelter, Price Foundation, Upland Chamber of Commerce, and Upland High School, to name a few.
Dr. Sanchez and his late wife, Kay, were the primary donors for the YMCA Early Childhood Development Center, where children ages 2-5 have an opportunity to learn, explore, create, and socialize. The program established at this center has helped many Upland families with childcare needs and social growth amongst young children, particularly because childcare for this age range is sparse and typically unaffordable to residents of the immediate area. Without the help of Dr. Sanchez the YMCA would not have had a beautiful center that offers childcare and an outstanding curriculum for toddlers.
Dr. Sanchez has served on the Scheu Family YMCA Board of Managers since 1988, both as Chairman of the Board as well as recently joining the West End YMCA Board of Directors. From Golf and Incredible Edibles, to his famous paella dinners, our YMCA continues to benefit from his selflessness and dedication to our cause.
Thank you, Dr. Sanchez, for all the time, energy, and funding you have provided to so many Upland organizations and for helping so many people with your generosity.
Tom Haughey began his political career by studying political science at Cal State Los Angeles and has been using his vast knowledge to serve the community ever since. Tom has served Chino as a City Councilman for 18 years and is now in his 5th term as Mayor Pro Tem. He has also been an active member, or representative of, numerous city organizations, including the Basin Desalter Authority, Ontario International Airport Inter Agency Collaborative, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, Economic Development Committee, Water Facilities Authority Board of Directors, and the Investment Advisory Committee. As if that’s not enough to keep him busy, Tom also serves as the Vice Chairperson of the Public Financing Authority and is a Chairperson (and Past President) of the Rancho del Chino Rotary Club— all in addition to his work as Vice President of the Chino Valley YMCA Board of Directors. Tom has even been a coach to Little League baseball. All his outstanding efforts have brought a lifetime of political growth and lasting societal contributions. Haughey Insurance, Tom’s Chino-based company, is approaching 40 years of service to the community.
Since the early 90’s, Tom Haughey has been volunteering and fundraising for the Chino Valley YMCA, quickly becoming one of the branches’ MVPs. Tom was a part of the Capital Campaign that built the current Chino Valley YMCA facility. He served on the West End YMCA Board of Directors and has been a part of the Chino Valley YMCA Board of Managers for nearly 30 years. As part of his volunteer work, Tom represented the West End YMCA at the YMCA of the USA General Assembly conferences in Nashville, St. Louis, and New Orleans. When he gets a moment away from his busy schedule and dedicated work, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife, Karen, and two sons.
Tom, we are honored to recognize you as a Bridge Builder for your unsurpassed work ethic and remarkable volunteer contributions to the YMCA and the Chino community.
Champion of Youth Award
Kendall McIver’s adventures with the Y started at the age of seven when his mother and step-father sent him to the YMCA’s Camp Mason in New Jersey. Camp Mason was a resident camp that kids could attend for up to six weeks at a time. It was McIver’s first time away from home and he was enrolled for the full six weeks. His family moved to California, where they lived in Hollywood while their house was being built in Ontario. His parents were familiar with what the YMCA offered so McIver became a member of the Hollywood YMCA and attended summer day camp as well as Camp Whittle, his first resident camp in California. Having attended Camp Mason for six weeks, his one-week stay at Camp Whittle was easy by comparison and just as fun.
When the family moved to Ontario his parents knew to seek out the local YMCA for both day care and summer camp. McIver became a member of the West End YMCA, which was the start of his long-term love affair with the local Y. He participated in caravans, PRC (Pacific Regional Conference), day camps, resident camps Whittle, Round Meadow, Fox, and the infamous Camp Oakes. He started attending Camp Oakes in 1979 as a young camper and now volunteers as the Boys Unit Director every summer. He has long-lasting memories of and relationships with people who attended Camp Oakes, from campers to counselors and directors. All of McIver’s rag challenges from blue to white began at Camp Oakes. His experience there made such a significant impression on him that he made it a point to volunteer for as long as he could, and to also include his children in the experience. His oldest son, Devyn, attended Camp Oakes as a camper and a counselor. Daughter Kiana will be attending her third year at Camp Oakes this year and his youngest son, Kai, will be attending his first year in 2019.
McIver’s desire to work with children extended to his profession. He was School Resource Officer for Chino High School from 1996 to 1999. Most recently he started a program called “Cops and Kids”. In this program, police officers visit elementary school children for a few minutes during the day (recess or lunch time) to interact with them in a positive way, playing games and talking with them. The program is very successful in providing a positive influence on kids and helping to bridge the gap between police and the young people in his community.
Born in Upland at San Antonio Community Hospital, Allyn Scheu lived in Upland with his parents, Lee and Ruth Scheu, and his brother, Leland, all his young life. He attended Upland Junior High School, graduated from Chaffey High School and Claremont McKenna College. During his service in the military he served for six years in the 163rd Fighter Squadron reserves.
After college Scheu went to work for Scheu Manufacturing. His first jobs were as a punch press and fork-lift operator. The company was eventually sold and replaced with Scheu Management Corporation where Scheu remains a principal partner.
Scheu married his college sweetheart with whom he had four wonderful children: Craig, Curtis, Mark and Kristen. His family continues to grow with grand-children and great grand-children.
The YMCA has been a part of Scheu’s life since junior high school. He can remember playing basketball at the Ontario Y and was a member of the HighY in high school. He and his sons were a part of the Indian Guides Troop. The Y was a great experience for him in his formative years and continues to be so today as a member of the board of managers of the Scheu Family Y.
Allyn and Leland Scheu were responsible for a lead gift that led to the creation of the Scheu Family Y at its present location on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Hospital Way in Upland, California. The full-service facility has a gym, teen center, child watch, indoor soccer field, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, and recently, an aquatics center.
Dr. Sue Sundell
Dr. Sue Sundell’s life began in the small town of Garden Grove where she lived next door to her grandparents who had a small farm. Feeding the chickens was one of her early skills. Her grandfather was the town barber and her father was a bookkeeper with several local businesses as clients.
After several moves the family finally settled in Whittier where Sundell graduated from high school. Her first experience with the YMCA was when she joined a Tri-Hi-Y club in the ninth grade. Here she developed a great group of friends, many of whom she has stayed in touch with over time even as they scattered throughout the country. Sundell was one of three Tri-HI-Y members who placed in the top five students in high school. The other two were boys, Sundell noted.
After one year of college Sundell married and she and her husband had a son and daughter. Her husband began a career in teaching in Riverside, where they remained until Sundell graduated from the University of California Riverside and began her teaching career at Upland High School. Sundell later became a district office administrator in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. Thirty-five years later she retired and started what she describes as the fun part of life, which included the local YMCA, where she serves as a board member and past chairperson of the board.
She also was very active in the Upland community, where she served on numerous non-profit organizations, the Upland Planning Commission and the Upland City Council, to which she was elected in 1996.
Sundell is an avid world traveler and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Doreane has been a member of the Chino Valley YMCA since 1996 and began serving on the Branch Board of Managers soon after. Through her involvement, many of her children have become active YMCA members over the years. Doreane is an active Y member, participating in classes several times per week.
An active Campaigner, Doreane has helped connect the YMCA with the local Dairy Industry for many years and has served as Chair of the Annual Campaign for much of the last 10 years. Her support has been key to the growth of our YMCA.