Thomas Kinzler is all about service.
The San Marcos junior serves his school and community in a variety of ways while maintaining a 4.64 grade-point average.
On Monday, Kinzler was recognized as the recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award for San Marcos at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe.
The award is presented and sponsored by Dave Pintard of Pintard Commercial Real Estate.
“We had so many good candidates for this award, but Thomas stood out above the rest,” said San Marcos Athletic Director Abe Jahadhmy. “He sets the example for all our students at our school. He is one of the finest young men that I have had the pleasure to get to know.”
Besides playing basketball and baseball for the Royals, Kinzler serves as president of the Christian Athletes Club and mentors freshmen students on campus as a Link crew counselor leader.
Off campus, he volunteers at his church, with the Challengers special needs baseball and basketball programs and at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.
“He’s always willing to help whenever needed,” said basketball coach Jelani Hicks. “He’s active in school programs and has established himself as a leader among the boys basketball program.
Kinzler is also a leader on the baseball team.
“He is an example of a student athlete that puts character, respect, love, hard work and team above all else,” said coach Jacob Pepper. “He’s not only competitive and plays the game the right way, but adds so many intangibles to a program. His ability to lead, communicate with teammates and coaches, his commitment and composure all make him a vital part to a program’s success.”