To The Mountaintop

To The Mountaintop

To The Mountaintop is a social-emotional podcast series where professional athletes raised in San Diego share their journeys. From the mountains they climbed, to the valleys they walked, they provide the fuel to inspire San Diego students as they ascend, as they soar, as they struggle, as they dream and as they grit their way to the mountaintop. To help capture the heart, soul, fears and challenges of the athletes, To The Mountaintop is co-hosted by students from the alma mater of each athlete! A generation or more apart, we learn from the student and the athlete what it took and what it takes to power through life built upon a solid foundation, and able to grow, scaffold and soar through the boulders and inclement weather life will bring on the way to the mountaintop.


October 29, 2021 28 mins
Interviewed by Darlene Castro

Jasmine’s journey took her from homelessness to success on the basketball court.
Jasmine is the epitome of strength, grit, resilience and the power of purpose, faith and focus. Her journey, inspirational to many, received a national spotlight on ESPN’s E:60 program. Jasmine’s journey took her from homelessness to success on the hardcourts of basketball. Now studying at Bethune-Cookman Un...
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Interviewed by Noah Zamora

As a professional tennis player, Walter reached a career high ranking of 226 in the world.
Walter is the fifth of nine children born into a Filipino American family from San Diego. Growing up he was a leading player on the junior circuit, ranked top in the country for the 16s, ahead of his peer John McEnroe. On the professional tour he reached a career high ranking of 226 in the world and as a...
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Interviewed by Melania Attar

Marita is an American former tennis player and San Diego native who was active during the 1970s and early 1980s.
Marita enjoyed success at the US Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, reaching a ranking of 14th in the world at one point in her career.

In 1973, at age 17, she played on the Wightman Cup, an annual women’s team tennis competition between the United States and Great Britain, part...
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Interviewed by Eva Grunburg

After playing several years of professional soccer, Coco volunteered for the U.S. Army and is currently a 2nd Lieutenant in the fabled 82nd Airborne Division.
Born in Ramona, California, Coco attended Cathedral Catholic High School where she was a four-year letter winner and was named to the All-CIF First Team. She was a member of the CIF San Diego Section and Western League Championship teams ...
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Interviewed by Konor & Cole Chinn

Tony is a former professional Major League Baseball outfielder and a broadcaster for the Padres’ radio and television network.
Tony Gwynn Jr. is a former professional baseball outfielder having played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Philadelphia Phillies. The son of Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, he works a...
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Interviewed by Jess Newell

As the third most accurate placekicker in NFL history at the time of his retirement, Rolf Benirschke had an illustrious 10-year career with the San Diego Chargers. Rolf received numerous honors during his career including NFL Man of the Year; The Breibart Award, Comeback Player of the Year; Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Most Courageous Athlete; NFL Players Association Hero of the ...
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