SAN DIEGO – Dean Klaser, a senior from Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, has been selected from a pool of San Diego county student-athletes to receive the 2015 Dr Pepper Most Inspirational Player Award. Klaser, who plays on both offense and defense, will be presented with a $2,000 scholarship on the field at the National Funding Holiday Bowl on December 30th.
The Dr Pepper Most Inspirational Player program aims to recognize a San Diego County high school football player “who, through their presence, actions and words of encouragement, serves as an inspirational example to their teammates.”
Klaser, who played both running back and defensive back for the Eastlake High School football team, was a lifelong football player who was being recruited by college scouts. In his junior year, Klaser ran for over 800 yards, caught three touchdown passes and defensively, was one of the top tacklers for Eastlake High School, a member of the Open Division.
At the end of last football season, Dean was diagnosed with a rare type of muscular cancer. He underwent emergency surgery, followed by nine months of chemotherapy. This season, although he was not able to rejoin the football team, Dean supported his teammates, attending practice and team functions. He has since been given a clean bill of health and continues to serve as a source of inspiration for his teammates and coaches, certainly deserving of the Dr Pepper Most Inspirational Player Award.
The Dr Pepper Most Inspirational Player is supported by 100.7 JackFM and the Kiwanis Club of San Diego.
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