Presentation Senior Ellie Blach Awarded REACH Youth Scholarship

Pres Senior, Ellie Blach '20, makes an awardee appearance on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 on NBC Sports Bay Area presented by San Jose Sports Authority. The 24th Annual REACH Youth Scholarship Awards, presented by Qualcomm, recognizes high school seniors in Santa Clara County who have overcome adversity to achieve excellence in academics and athletics.

This special event is hosted by Robert Braunstein from the 49ers Cal-Hi Sports Report and co-chairs, former San Francisco 49er and NFL Hall of Fame Safety, Ronnie Lott and two-time FIFA World Cup Champion, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Brandi Chastain. In addition to Lott and Chastain, Bay Area sports stars Steph Curry, Jimmy Garoppolo and Brent Burns will make appearances.

About the REACH Program

REACH is an acronym for "Recognizing Excellence, Adversity, Courage and Hard work." Now in its 24th year, the REACH Youth Scholarship Program provides college funds to high school seniors from Santa Clara County who have overcome adversity to excel in the classroom and on the playing field.

The recipients come from all backgrounds and situations. Some students are battling cancer or coping with the loss of a loved one, while others are learning to live with the aftereffects of severe trauma. No two stories are alike, but they share an underlying message: sports can be a source of strength and support in challenging times.

For the past 22 years the program has been co-chaired by Lott and Chastain, who hold an annual banquet to present scholarship awards to winning submissions. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 event is now a special televised event featuring pre-recorded messages from professional athletes and celebrities congratulating the 47 high school students on overcoming the odds to achieve greatness on and off the field. Super Bowl Champion, James Jones was a 2002 REACH Scholarship recipient.

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