Sportsperson of the Month: Paul Gamberdella was recognized for his diligent work on the SBART’s annual High-Five Golf Tournament, which raises money for the local schools’ athletic departments.
Gamberdella has been a member of the tournament organizing committee since 1999. In that time, the event has raised $200,000.
“Without Paul’s dedication and commitment to this tournament the five benefiting high schools (Santa Barbara, San Marcos, Dos Pueblos, Carpinteria and Bishop Diego) would not be receiving these essential funds for their various sports during these tough economic times,” said Rich Hanna, committee chairperson and the incoming SBART president.
Gamberdella is a local guy. He was a three-sport star at San Marcos before going on to Cal Poly, where he earned all-conference honors as a catcher.
He is a senior vice president at the Radius Commercial Real Estate Group.
He and his wife, Marla, have five kids, ranging from ages 10 to 2.
That prompted a crack from award presenter Laurie Leighty:
“He has no idea how busy he’s going to be in the next 10 years,” she said.