Mika Mota Receives Johann Scholarship|
July 2, 2008
LAS VEGAS - Mika Mota, who will be a freshman on the UNLV men's soccer team beginning this fall, has been named as this year's recipient of the Peter Johann Memorial Scholarship, which benefits a Las Vegas native on the team.
Established in 1975, the Peter Johann Memorial Scholarship assists one deserving student-athlete in attending classes at UNLV while participating in intercollegiate soccer. The scholarship is awarded to the student-athlete each season who demonstrates excellence in six areas: academic performance, techniques and tactics of soccer, team loyalty, cooperation, leadership and endurance.
Mota played three years as a defender and forward for Chaparral High in Las Vegas in 2004, 2005, and 2007, and helped the team to the state tournament twice. He has also played for the Neusport club team in Las Vegas from 2004 through this summer, and helped them to four straight state championships. He is the son of Luis and Antonieta Mota.
Since 1974, the UNLV men's soccer program has had the support of Las Vegas businessman Ken Johann and his wife, Alice. It was that fall in 1974 when the Johanns' son, Peter, died in a sporting accident. The next fall, the Johann's decided to honor their late son with a memorial scholarship.