Chelsea has been blessed with considerable basketball talent through the years. From Saul Nechtem to Paul “Choc” Glazer to Arnold Goodman to Lew Perkins to Craig Walker and Jeff Hagan, there have been many great players who have performed on the hardwood at the old Chelsea High gymnasium and State Armory on Spencer Avenue.
Add Sammy Mojica to that list of Chelsea basketball royalty. Sammy is a senior at Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill where he has continued to excel on the basketball court. But it was in our city’s youth sports programs and later in the Chelsea High School basketball program where Sammy Mojica made his first strides toward a college basketball scholarship.
Last Tuesday in a beautifully orchestrated ceremony organized by CHS Athletic Director Frank DePatto, Sammy Mojica achieved his dream of receiving a Division 1 college scholarship to attend Drexel University.
That honor alone affirms that Sammy Mojica is in a distinguished group of top-tier high school seniors in the United States. But to hear Mr. DePatto, CHS Principal Joseph Mullaney, CHS coach Jay Seigal, and Brimmer and May coach Tom Nelson speak about what a great person and student Sammy Mojica is – that’s what made this such a special accomplishment.
Sammy’s parents, Sammy Mojica Sr. and Awilda Morales, and his grandparents were present for this historic moment in CHS basketball annals. And how proud they must be that their son will be playing basketball and receiving a world-class education at Drexel University.
Sammy Mojica deserves congratulations from all of us for being an excellent role model for other high school and middle school student-athletes who aspire to play college sports.
Frank DePatto did a great job hosting this ceremony and Sammy Mojica appreciated all that the city and its schools did for him in his years of attending Chelsea schools.
Congratulations, Sammy Mojica, and we will be rooting for you on ESPN whenever Drexel plays.