Coach Frank Ortega Foundation, empowering and supporting the next generation of student athletes.
The Coach Frank Ortega Foundation was established to provide resources and opportunities to youth and student athletes within the Tampa Bay area. Coach Frank Ortega who was well known within his community not only for his love and dedication to youth sports but more importantly, for his voluntary financial contributions to youth student athletes. In his twenty-plus years of involvement with youth sports, Coach Frank would routinely offset the cost of registration fees for football players and cheerleaders whose families had financial hardships by paying off a balance due from his own pocket. In addition to his voluntary financial contributions, Coach Frank was known to purchase sports equipment such as cleats for those athletes who did not or could not purchase the proper shoes or equipment/gear necessary to participate in the sport. Those examples of selflessness demonstrated by Coach Frank year after year is the core of what this foundation is all about. Coach Frank believed in giving opportunities to everyone who just needed a little help. It didn't matter where the athlete was from; it mattered that the opportunity was there and he believed everyone deserved that opportunity.
The goal of the Coach Frank Ortega Foundation is to sponsor East Bay Buccaneers football and cheerleading youth athletes to off-set the cost of registration fees to families who exhibit financial hardships. In addition, the Foundation will provide scholarships to one male and one female high school senior athlete in the Tampa Bay area to assist while pursuing a higher education. The educational scholarship will be available to those athletes who would like to attend a university, community college, trade/vocational school, or join the military.
FIELD NAMING CEREMONY
The biggest honor or tribute any coach can receive besides winning a championship is having a field named after them. This reflects the impact that was made by the coach for the organization. The East Bay Buccaneers honored Frank Ortega on October 31, 2020 by naming their game field, "Frank Ortega Field". For the generations of athletes who previously stepped on the East Bay Buccaneer's field knew Coach Frank as the man who coached hard but was always fair. He would never ask you to do something he didn't think you could do. He wanted the best for every football player and cheerleader while they performed. He also wanted the best from the coaches. For the generation of athletes who will now step on Frank Ortega Field will hear the stories of Coach Frank. They will only know him through memories of people from the past. Winning is always fun but teaching life lessons to young student athletes means more.
Coach Frank Ortega's Family
Coach Frank Ortega's son, Joshua, during the field naming ceremony.
Coach Frank Ortega's portrait on the scoreboard.
Former players who now play at local high schools
Friends and family honoring Coach Frank Ortega