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M-A scholarship established to honor memory of athlete


A scholarship is being established in the memory of Menlo-Atherton student-athlete Aisea “Bojack” Mataele, who passed away in December, 2016, during his first year of high school.

The scholarship will be awarded to a Menlo-Atherton football player who best exemplifies the three key pillars intended to serve as the foundation of M-A football: academic excellence and service to the community as well as performance on the football field.

Mataele, a 4.0 student, was a standout lineman on the M-A freshman football team and was also on the basketball team when he took ill.

He played in a basketball game on a Saturday, after which he began to complain of not feeling well.

He stayed home from school on Monday with flu-like symptoms, but later that afternoon couldn’t walk or see and was rushed to Stanford Hospital.

His condition continued to worsen, doctors found his brain was swelling and within a couple of days he slipped into a coma.

On Dec. 20, Mataele died. An autopsy revealed the cause as acute hemorrhagic encephalopathy, an extremely rare condition.

To read more about Mataele and to make a donation to the scholarship fund visit www.bojackfund.org

— Glenn Reeves/Palo Alto Online Sports

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