Sanchez, a product of USC and Mission Viejo High School, led the Jets to the AFC Conference Championship game vs. Indianapolis last year. As a rookie quarterback in 2009, Sanchez started 15 games for New York and threw for 2,444 yards and 12 touchdowns.
"Mark is certainly a deserving honoree," said Tom Johnson, President of the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation (OCYSF). "He had an amazing rookie year with the Jets in 2009. Mark joins a long list of prestigious athletes we have honored in the past and we are grateful for his participation."
Since 1971, the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation has enjoyed a proud tradition of celebrating the accomplishments of sports figures as a means of raising funds for boys and girls in the Orange County, CA community. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated well over a $1 million dollars to youth sports in the county. This includes scholarships to college bound scholar-athletes, field trips and improvements to local sports facilities.
Sanchez becomes the first pro football player honored by OCYSF since Los Angeles and St. Louis Rams great and Hall-of-Famer Jackie Slater was honored in 1997.
Tickets for this year's banquet are now available. For more information about this year's banquet or to purchase tickets, please go to www.ocysf.org or call 714-815-3885.