The San Diego Rotary named renowned community leader Michael Brunker as its 2019 “Mr. San Diego.”
He also received the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award for his 22 years as the executive eirector of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA in the Mountain View neighborhood.
“To say that Michael is an icon in our city among individuals who embody the Rotary spirit of ‘Service Above Self’ is an understatement,” said David Oates, president of San Diego Rotary. “He is an inspiration to all who know him. We couldn’t be more honored to name her this year’s Mr. San Diego.”
Brunker currently serves as the YMCA of San Diego County’s vice president for mission advancement. In his new role, he supports execution of the organization’s strategic plan by identifying, establishing and entering into new partnerships that align with the association’s vision to double its impact and serve more people throughout the county.
Before joining the YMCA in 1997, Brunker founded and served as the executive director of the San Diego Regional Police Athletic League for 10 years.
He came to San Diego in 1980 to join Smokey Gaines as an assistant coach for the San Diego State University men’s basketball team. Brunker previously coached for Basketball Hall of Fame member Dick Vitale with the Detroit Pistons and the University of Detroit men’s basketball team.