Born is Holtville, Calif., in 1946, Eugene “Gene” Gaxiola Valenzuela grew up in Newark and attended Newark High School where he was three-sport athlete. After High School, Gene served our country for four years as a member of the United States Air Force. Gene got his start videotaping at SJND while he was filming a basketball game during the 1995 season for his son who was away in college. One day, Coach LaPorte sent over his assistant coach to ask Gene for a copy of the game, which would kickstart a longtime relationship between Gene and the SJND basketball program. Gene states, “Over the years, my wife and I have enjoyed coming to all the basketball games. I really appreciate all the families who have thanked me for taping the basketball games as keepsakes for their families. It’s also a joy getting asked by the kids who have graduated years ago for copies of their basketball games, so they can show their kids.”
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