Tony Rodela is best known for his exceptional support of San Marino High School athletics, but last week, the shoe was on the other foot as Rodela—a 2017 graduate of SMHS—earned three medals at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games which were held in Seattle, Washington.
Rodela collected silver medals in the 200-meter dash and the long jump and a bronze in the 100-meter dash at the national meet.
“Yeah, I am happy,” Rodela told The Tribune. “I am excited about the way it went.”
Rodela began training in March with San Marino High School teacher Ben Cordeiro and dropped 25 pound to get in fighting shape.
“Ben was a big help,” Rodela said.
Rodela was a member of the Titan freshman football game and made a memorable touch down-saving tackle on the final play of the team’s final game against Temple City. He also led the Titan varsity football team on to the field before every game during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The 2017 graduate also plays AYSO soccer.
During the 2015-16 school year, Rodela shared ASB Spirit Commissioner duties with classmate Chaz Davis.