The San Diego Gulls would like to help you recognize a Hometown Hero.  Who goes above and beyond the call of citizenship?  We want to hear from you about someone you think deserves recognition for the time and effort they put in to making your neighborhood and community a better place.  To nominate your Hometown Hero, please fill out the form below.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, January 31 at 11:59pm PST.

The review of nominations and final selection of three Hometown Heroes is at the sole discretion of the San Diego Gulls Foundation.

2019 Hometown Heroes:

Gustavo Padilla | We Support You

Gustavo Padilla is a Labor Relations Representative & Organizer representing classified school employees in K-12 school districts, community colleges, and county offices of education in the State of California. He previously worked for the San Diego Unified School District for over 12 years in many capacities He has been a strong supporter for education and health care and continues his work by being involved in the community. Gustavo is a cancer survivor and wants to use his experience and struggles to help people and provide hope to everyone who faces a cancer diagnosis. He volunteers with various organizations to help raise funds to support cancer patients and research.

He is currently the President of the Board of Directors for We Support U, which is a local non-profit serving cancer patients in Southern California. He is also the organization’s Race Director for their annual Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk in Chula Vista. We Support U’s goal is to improve cancer prevention, screening and survival among underserved, low-income communities and to be the comprehensive link between healthcare providers, cancer patients and their families and community resources. Gustavo is also a strong supporter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and continues to be involved in their Team in Training program to run marathons for charity, as well as participating in other events such as Light the Night. He also continues to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events, where he previously served as part of their Event Leadership Team helping to coordinate the event. In addition to these organizations he also helped raise funds for by being part of the first-ever all cancer survivor Ragnar Relay team. Team Stupid Cancer ran 200 miles from Huntington Beach to San Diego to bring awareness and support to cancer patients. Gustavo feels committed to supporting our communities by helping in any way he can and as he always says, “Living Life to the Fullest”.

Richard Laycock | California Highway Patrol

Dick has been a Senior Volunteer for 8 yrs. He has been involved in testing bus drivers, DUI check points, assisting officers with traffic incidents, administrative paperwork, traffic control, training new volunteers, recruiting and public relations events. And he is first in line to substitute for other volunteers when asked.

He has received requests from 680 and Border divisions to represent CHP/Senior Volunteer Program through the use of his mini CHP car for many special events including community open houses, school demonstrations and many parades. 

He has spent 100s of hours creating a valuable lamp for CHP to raffle; the money going to the Sunshine Fund.  He has also participated in Chips for Kids and attended Tips for Chips. 

Shawn Kelley | Trauma Intervention Program

Shawn is a loving Husband, and a very involved father of 4, grandfather of 4.  He owned his own automotive repair for 18 years and just recently moved into being a Service Advisor for Toyota.  He is an avid sports fan and a Gulls Season Ticket holder.

He has been a volunteer for the Trauma Intervention Program for 4 ½ years, going on over 150 calls during that time to help people on the worst day of their lives.  He finds great fulfillment helping people in this way.  He is also a Mentor to new volunteers and has been involved speaking to both Law Enforcement groups and community groups about TIP.