Mattos was involved in the AVHS Athletics Boosters Club for many years and was the vice president when he died from a major stroke in October 2003. He saw three of his six children through school at Amador; his daughter Emily graduated in 2006 and his son Tyler is currently a sophomore. His devotion to the AVHS sports programs was the reason that Steve's wife Patty joined with the boosters club to do something at the school in her husband's name.
It was decided that a scoreboard would be a fitting memorial. The scoreboard stands at 35 feet tall and 45 feet wide. It features a 6 foot by 11 foot LED (light-emitting diode) screen that displays graphics, animations and even video.
Boosters member Joe Sasek said he is pleased to have Steve's legacy continue through the memorial.
"We are excited that [his] dream could be realized," he said. "[Steve] will now always be present in name and spirit whenever an Amador Valley team takes the field at this stadium."
Last year, family friend Becky Randall stepped forward to organize a commemorative golf tournament and auction that raised $25,000 for the scoreboard project. More than 140 golfers participated, with 200 people in attendance at the dinner auction banquet. Randall volunteered again and hopes to see similar support.
"Last year was a banner year," she said. "We were hoping to make $5,000 and we made $25,000. We are limited to a certain number [of golf and banquet spots]. We'd love to do the same this year, but we don't know if we'll hit that number again. That was pretty unbelievable."
A major fundraising effort came from the idea of sponsorship packages. Businesses and groups can purchase a package, ranging from Tournament Presenting Sponsor to Tee/Green Sponsor, which includes name or logo exposure and player fees.
Sasek, who is responsible for securing sponsorships, was reassured by the generosity of the people in Pleasanton.
"It seems like whenever a project like this comes up, there are always businesses and individuals that come forth to make it happen" he said. "The boosters club is proud to be able to give the school a state-of-the-art scoreboard to continue Steve's commitment to AVHS athletics."
The overwhelming support continues to help Patty and the Mattos family.
"It really helped us get through a rough time; it's been a rough three years," Patty said. "He was so involved that each of our children felt like an only child. The community has been wonderful and the people who went to the tournament were so generous and kind. Our family is so proud of that scoreboard. Steve would be thrilled."
The second annual Steve Mattos Memorial Golf Classic and auction is Oct. 6. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided on the course and scheduled events include putting and long drive contests, a hole-in-one contest and raffle prizes. After the tournament is over, a cocktail reception, awards dinner and auction will follow.
Several items are up for auction at the banquet, including a stay at the Rose Hotel, a meal at Barone's, a "taste of the valley" wine tasting package and more. Funds garnered from this year's event will go to a separate project to replace the manually-operated marquee in front of AVHS with an electronic model. Spots for individuals and foursomes are still available at http://mattos.golfreg.com or by calling Randall at (925) 462-1287
For those who participated, the best part of the tournament is being able to remember Steve.
"It was so fun to see the Mattos family smiling and laughing, and to hear people reminiscing about Steve and how fun he was," Randall said.