PAC athlete receives scholarship to play for university
Palo Alto College student athlete, Francisco “Nate” Martinez, signed a letter of intent on Nov. 29 to play for North American University’s Stallion basketball team beginning in spring 2018.
“I’ve worked really hard for this. This is my dream to sign on to a university,” said Nate Martinez. “This is what I really wanted, to sign with a university, and now I get to live it—stepping on the court, playing ball in front of a big crowd, and doing what I love to do.”
Nate Martinez says he has been playing basketball since he started walking. He has played for the Palo Alto College Palominos basketball team since fall 2015, while also pursuing an Associate of Arts in Teaching.
“He’s worked very hard,” said Butch Cook, head coach of the Palo Alto College men’s basketball team. “He’s been playing under me for four semesters, and he’s one of the hardest working guys we have.”
Cook says it was Nate Martinez’s dedication to the game that led the team to a 15-4 record this season.
Nate Martinez received a total of $6,000 in athletic and academic scholarships to attend North American University, located near Houston, in spring 2018.
“I knew that it would be a good avenue for him to take advantage of, while also going after his degree,” said Sylvia Martinez, Nate Martinez’s mother and administrative assistant to the Vice President of College Services at Palo Alto College. “He’s getting the best of both worlds: getting a degree, and having fun playing ball—something he’s always enjoyed since he was small.”
Nate Martinez also received an opportunity to play in Oklahoma, but committed to North American University to stay closer to home.
“He’s literally just a couple of hundred miles away… I’m excited he’ll be in Texas,” said Sylvia Martinez.
While Nate Martinez may no longer be a Palomino, he is excited to continue his basketball journey—now as a Stallion.
“I’m very happy he’s continuing his education and still continuing to play basketball,” said Cook. “We get to play them [North American University] next semester, so I’m looking forward to that. It’ll be fun.”