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Lakewood employee inducted into LBCC Hall of Fame for work with Special Olympics and teens

Lakewood employee inducted into LBCC Hall of Fame for work with Special Olympics and teens

Long Beach City College’s 47th Hall of Fame class will induct five honorees at its Nov. 6 award ceremony, including 39-year Lakewood employee and Community Services Manager Chuck Martucci.

Photo: Chuck Martucci with Special Olympics athlete Christina Sanz.

The annual LBCC tradition began in 1972 to honor former students who have made outstanding contributions to their chosen fields and communities.

“We are so proud of Chuck,” said Mayor Todd Rogers. “He played a key role in developing our city’s Special Olympics program and coordinating it since its inception, starting from a six-person basketball team in 1991. It’s now grown to an award-winning program with six different sports.”

“Chuck has made a major impact on the lives of hundreds of developmentally disabled residents of Lakewood and their families,” said Rogers, “and on thousands of other Lakewood residents, teaching tolerance and acceptance of those with disabilities and appreciation for their many talents.”

Martucci also helped form the first mainstream league in 1992 where the Special Olympics basketball and softball teams played a full schedule of games against Lakewood Youth Sports teams.

Lakewood’s softball team began competing in Special Olympics tournaments in 1993, growing to more than 100 athletes by 1999. Martucci earned Coach of the Year honors from the Special Olympics of Southern California in 2003. In 2018, he led the Lakewood team to represent California in the USA Games Softball Tournament in Seattle, when they brought home the Silver Medal. The Lakewood city program is considered to be one of the top programs by Special Olympics Southern California.

Martucci’s dedication to Lakewood youth expanded when in 1995, he began to build the first Teen Programming Division run out of the Lakewood Youth Center, which has since grown to offer social activities, homework, job and college resources, and organized outings.

See the Long Beach Press-Telegram article about Chuck Martucci and the other inductees to the LBCC Hall of Fame.

The Long Beach City College Hall of Fame induction ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 at The Grand Long Beach Events Center, 4101 E. Willow St.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Paula Barrow at 562-938-4303 or email pbarrow@LBCC.edu.