by LIZ ONUFER | photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

Sports Fanatic

For Jason Polson, sports are the name of the game. Whether you’re talking football, baseball, basketball, water polo, golf, bowling, you name it and Jason has probably played it, served on the sidelines or followed it. Jason, or JP, has been involved in sports almost his entire thirty three years.
“My mom and dad got me started in sports at age 5 with tee ball and I have been participating in sports ever since,” explained JP. A lifelong 92129 resident, his years at Mt. Carmel High School were marked by volunteering for any sports team that needed help. “It was my way of being part of the school spirit and to see all the sports,” JP shared. For his years of service, which still continue today (he is the Mira Mesa High School football team manager), JP was awarded a lifetime pass to all Mt. Carmel sporting events by the Athletic Foundation.

But JP hasn’t just served on the sidelines; he is also a valuable team player on the field – or in the water. JP earned his varsity letter in water polo playing for Mt. Carmel High School. Today, JP plays on the Poway Padres Special Olympics Softball team, Poway Challenged Basketball League and Bowling League and is joining the Special Olympics Golf Team this year.

Off the sports field, JP loves spending time with his close knit family, including his mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, and niece. “We get together and watch all the major sporting events and do our own sports pools to see who will have the bragging rights to pick more winners,” JP said.

For mom, Becky, JP’s activities and integration in the community can be in part attributed to their involvement with Poway PASS – Parent Advocates Seeking Solutions. The group supports and guides parents who have adult children with developmental disabilities to live fulfilling lives. “Jason was on an island for a number of years. Since I was introduced to PASS, Jason has become more involved in the special needs activities and has many new friends that just love hanging out with each other,” Becky shared.

JP is also out in the community through his job at Albertsons and his involvement with the Young Life Capernaum. With all this involvement, JP explained he may appear outgoing but he really is shy. Be warned though, “Watch out! Once I know you, I will talk sports all day long,” JP exclaimed.

AT-A-GLANCE

Name: Jason “J.P.” Polson
Profession: Courtesy Clerk at Albertson’s, Peñasquitos Dr. by the DoubleTree
Community: Rancho Peñasquitos for 33 years
Hobbies and Interests: Sports, photography, video games
Favorite Local Spots in 92129: Double Tree golf course, YMCA, Deli Stop

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