Jesse Ramon

Jesse A. Ramon moved to Garland in 1961, and within a year he became involved as a volunteer coach in youth sports - and soon was coaching Garland youth year-round in baseball, football, basketball, and track and field. In 1965, he began coaching in a spring track program sponsored by the City of Garland Parks and Recreation Department. In 1968, working with Jim Paul Miller, Jesse organized a summer track club for boys, initially involving only 15 to 20 youths. By 1969 the number of participants had increased to 70, and in the succeeding years up to the present, participants have averaged about 100 each year. In 1989 the program headed by Jesse expanded to include girls, who previously had a separate club. Since 1984, he has concentrated his efforts largely on the summer track and field program. In other sports besides track, Jesse began coaching in the Garland Little League in 1962 and in the next 20 years, coached in six different programs, including eight years in the West Garland Boys Baseball, Inc. league. Jesse also coached Pee Wee football and basketball in PARD programs from 1964 through 1981, initially coaching youth teams composed of students from the Freeman and Cooper Elementary Schools. While Jesse seeks no recognition for his efforts, the Garland Jaycees in 1975 presented him with the Fred Granger Award for outstanding service to the community through youth sports, and in 1990 he was presented an appreciation award plaque by the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation. As a high school youth in La Feria in the lower Rio Grand valley, Jesse himself was a running back in football and ran the quarter-mile and was a member of the sprint and mile relay teams during the track season.