Andy Morales, a tireless worker when it comes to educating children as a teacher and reporting youth sports for this Web site, was presented an award Monday by the Arizona Interscholastic Association for his diligent coverage of high school athletics.
Jose Garcia, AIA’s multimedia journalist and historian, introduced Morales to the crowd at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Garcia said the Skip Bryant Award, which was presented to Morales, “recognizes a member of the media that has been an integral part of the high school community throughout the year of service.”
Aside from writing about high school sports for AllSportsTucson.com, Morales has a monthly column in the Vail Voice newspaper. He also works as a photographer taking pictures of games and portraits of athletes on his spare time.
His regular paying job is a teacher in the Amphitheater School District. He has mostly served as a teacher for special education children.
Morales thanked the AIA and the coaches and players from Southern Arizona for the award. He also spoke about how thankful he is of the support from his family.
“First of all, I’d like to thank my dad (Hector A. Morales Jr.),” Morales told the crowd. “I wish he was here with me today. Even though he is longer here, I know he would have enjoyed this award more than I do.
“I’d like to thank my wife (Jane Duzan Morales) for allowing me to do what I do almost every day and every night in front of the computer for hours. And my three daughters, especially my youngest, Maggie, because I’ve had to miss a lot of her games so I can watch other people’s kids play.”