Joseph Villavisencio - Endowment Fund
The Jacksonville Education Foundation is honored to announce the establishment of a $50,000 endowment fund in memory of former JHS graduate and Aggie football player, Joseph Villavisencio.
Joseph Villavisencio was a 3-year starter for JHS, graduating as a Top 10 graduate in 2008 . His senior year he was 2nd Team All-State from both The Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writer's Association ; 1st team All-District as junior and senior at JHS; 1st Team Academic All-State as a senior and 1st team All-East Texas as a senior.
Joseph was one of the most highly recruited lineman in the state of Texas in 2007. He attended Texas A&M where he was a 3 year letterman and majored in radiological health engineering. Joseph tragically passed away on 12/22/2011 in a car accident on his way home to Jacksonville, Texas from College Station, Texas.
He was so highly respected by teammates and coaches alike. His head coach at Texas A&M was Mike Sherman who said, "His teammates, coaches and fellow students will remember him as someone who would do anything for anybody.
I will always remember him as always offering me a smile whenever we talked and would always answer my questions with a simple, 'yes, coach' or 'no, coach'. He was one of the most respectful and high character players I have ever coached. It was an honor and privilege to have known him, and to have coached him. I will never forget him."
This generous donation was made by NFL player, Luke Joeckel. Mr. Joeckel was the 2013 # 2 NFL draft pick and currently plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mr. Joeckel was friends with and played football with Joseph at Texas A&M. Mr. Joeckel says of Joseph, "When I was a young player at A&M, Joseph took me under his wing.
I saw how he worked his tail off in the classroom and on the football field everyday. He was the perfect example of what a student athlete should be. I did this to honor Joseph and so he would not be forgotten. Joey had so much influence on my life and on others'. Joseph would have been all of our boss and the most successful of all those who played with him. Joseph treated everyone with respect and was everyone's best friend."
The funds will be used to establish a scholarship in memory of Joseph Villavisencio at Jacksonville High School.