by Elijah Pierce
Currently working at Little Caesar’s and at his old high School, Shadow Ridge, as an Associate Athletic Secretary, Adrian Pelayo has dreams of becoming much more. Born in Orange County 19 years ago, Pelayo always had a love for sports, playing both soccer and running cross-country.
“Ever since I was a kid I always loved sports,” Pelayo said.
During his soccer career at Shadow Ridge High School, Pelayo recalls a game where he had a 110-degree fever and the backup goalie had a broken arm. Pelayo had to set up and play, despite his condition. Shadow Ridge beat Raymond S. Kellis 2-1.
“After the game I passed out—I woke up the next day, not remembering what happened the night before.” Pelayo said.
Pelayo has a passion for journalism, broadcasting, and announcing. Pelayo realized he was comfortable in front of an audience when he was in theater and choir in high school.
Pelayo got his opportunity to showcase his talent when the athletic director told him to run broadcast for the football games.
“All I wanted to do was run public address announcing, but I actually got to set up my own crew and go to go the games. I would run play by play of the football games,” Pelayo said.
He also ran broadcasting for the basketball and baseball programs. After GCC, Pelayo plans to go to ASU to pursue a degree for broadcast journalism and later intern at ESPN after he graduates.
Pelayo is open to announcing, broadcast, or writing as a career just as long as it has something to do with sports.
“I always wanted to be that kind of nerd who knew stuff about sports,” said Pelayo.
Nowadays, Pelayo is more into college football than the NFL, he watches ESPN analysts Rece Davis and Kirk Herbstreit.
“Being able to do something that you’ve always wanted to do makes you want to do it even more,” Pelayo said.
He looks forward to the upcoming challenges because he knows they will only serve to make him better.