Ken HubbsA Glimpse of Greatness

Ken Hubbs Foundation

The Ken Hubbs Foundation honors the memory and exemplary life of Kenneth Douglass Hubbs. Ken was born December 23, 1941 and died tragically on February 13, 1964, at the age of 22.

Ken was a 1959 graduate of Colton High School (California). A four sport letterman, (Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track), Ken earned All-American honors in two sports (Basketball & Football) in the same school year. Voted Colton High’s 1958-1959 Associated Student Body President, Ken maintained an ‘A’ GPA, demonstrating leadership on and off the field of sports.

Ken signed a professional baseball contract with the Chicago Cubs, and in 1962 was voted National League “Rookie of the Year”. Additionally, he won a “Gold Glove” award by setting two major league fielding records for a second baseman: 78 games and 418 chances without an error. This was the first Gold Glove by a Rookie!

Ken was an exceptional athlete, but more importantly, an example for American youth. He was an honorable young man, wise beyond his years, showing the character traits that make men great: loyalty, faithfulness, kindness, honor and tremendous citizenship. On the day he was to set fielding records, he visited a hospital for handicapped children. When asked by reporters why he wasn’t resting up for the big game, he replied, “If I make an error today, it won’t be because I was nice to somebody!” After the Cub’s home day games, Ken would return to his suburban Chicago apartment and hit the street to play ball with the kids – he loved “the kids”.

The Ken Hubbs Foundation has, since 1964, annually honored outstanding senior athletes from local high schools – from 4 schools in 1964 to 25 schools in 2015.

The Foundation selects each of the 25, male and female, Ken Hubbs School Award Winners based not only on athletic achievement, but also on citizenship, community involvement and service, student government and commitment to further their education.


2016 – Kayla Washington, Alex Mattison take home top honors at Ken Hubbs Awards

By Pete Marshall, The Sun

COLTON – There has been plenty of bad news coming out of San Bernardino these days, but two high school senior student athletes showed Monday there are plenty of good things that come out of San Bernardino as well.

Cajon High basketball player Kayla Washington and San Bernardino High multi-sport athlete Alex Mattison were named Athletes of the Year at the 52nd annual Ken Hubbs Award banquet Monday night at Colton High School.

The awards are named after the late Colton High and Chicago Cubs star. A boy and a girl from each of 25 area high schools were honored on Monday, but Washington and Mattison earned the overall honors.

Mattison is the first overall winner from San Bernardino since Richard Murrell in 2005. Washington is the first Cajon winner in the five-year history of the official girls award, although other girls were given awards. The last time Cajon had an overall winner it was Shaun Battle in 1992. Battle is now a member of the Hubbs Awards committee.

Mattison, who had expressed a desire to win the Hubbs Award long before this season, has been a multi-sport star at San Bernardino, in football wrestling and track and field. He was a two-time all-Sun running back for the Cardinals and earned a scholarship to play at Boise State. He was a CIF-SS runner-up in the 195 pound weight class in wrestling, and earned Mountain Valley League championships last week in track and field in the 110 hurdles and the shot put, while finishing second in the long jump.

“When I first heard about it, my sophomore year, I heard I could be a contender,” Mattison said. “I just continued to work hard and God gave me the opportunity to be here and allowed me to show my talent around.”

Mattison said he was humbled with some of the words spoken by Keith Hubbs, Ken’s older brother.

“It was really humbled by that, “ he said.

Washington, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Washington State concluded her high school career by leading the Cowgirls – along with four other senior starters – to the CIF State Division II basketball championship in March. It was the first ever girls basketball state title for a San Bernardino County girls basketball team. In addition, she repeated as the Sun’s Player of the Year and was named second-team all-state.

“This means a whole bunch. Just for everything the award stands for. It’s a really, really, really big deal. I’m honored that they picked me. I’m so honored and so bless and I had an amazing four years,” Washington said.

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