THE JOE OLIVARES FILE
THE PROMOTION FOR OLIVARES’ CANDIDACY AS
2016 FNF Texas Photographer of the Year took place on
Facebook. Olivares posted a link on the social media site,
and it drew more than 15,000 views and 500 shares. “It was
a matter of people getting the word out and voting as much
as they could on their different devices,” Olivares said. “It
took off like crazy.” The city of Temple posted the contest
link on its website, as did US 105 New Country Radio. In
recognition of Olivares’ win, the Central Texas Veterans
Affair Central Hospital will publish Olivares’ winning
photo as a 10-foot by 20-foot mural.
JOE OLIVARES INITIALLY FOUND himself at Temple High football games seven years ago to support his daughter, a freshman cheerleader at
Olivares’ daughter is now cheering for the
University of Texas, and the father of three
isn’t doing too bad for himself, either.
This spring, Olivares was voted 2016 The
Old Coach FNF Texas Photographer of the
Year in an online poll open to fans. Olivares’
photo of a sunset over a Temple High
football game garnered 3,054 votes – 197
more than the second-place finisher.
“It’s been a windstorm ever since then,”
“I’m getting older now, and I don’t have
Olivares said. “The local radio station in
town asked me to come to the studio and
do a live interview. The newspaper called to
Olivares was a full-time wedding disc
jockey when he was introduced to Temple
football seven years ago. He started with a
After 20 years of working late nights
as a disc jockey, Olivares has redefined
himself as a professional photographer –
at weddings and on the sideline.
to worry about hauling the equipment to be
a DJ,” Olivares said. “I make more money
as a photographer, and I enjoy it more.”
Olivares’ son, Christian Leza, will be a
senior slot receiver on the Temple varsity
football team this fall.
Olivares has all of his photographs
for the Temple football team posted
at imagesbyolivares.com. To book
his wedding DJ services, visit
saladoweddingdj.com. Olivares won
the contest with 3,054 votes. Amanda
Martinez of Harlandale had 2,857.
Kelly Fields of Muenster had 362.
in submitting entries for
the 2017 FNF Photographer
of the Year can do so at
OF THE YEAR 2016
THE REAGAN RATTLERS TEAM MOMS KNOW A
thing or two about spreading the word for a cause.
Each October, the Reagan team moms help
promote the annual “Pink-Out Game,” which honors
family members who have battled breast cancer.
The Reagan team moms drew on that promotional spirit last fall in getting their fans to rock the
vote for the 2015 Friday Night Football Magazine
Team Moms Contest, sponsored by Samsung. With
a winning prize of $1,000 in the form of a donation to the football program at stake, the Reagan
team moms received 10,900 votes on their way to
winning the contest for the state of Texas.
FNF Magazine set out to determine the school
that boasted the best collection of football moms
through an online vote. As a reward, FNF Magazine
and Samsung made a $1,000 donation to the
Reagan booster program.
Reagan head team mom Susan Sullivan helped
promote the contest by sending emails and text
messages to all high school football parents. Reagan High administrators – as well as the administrators from the two feeder schools, Barbara Bush
Middle and Jose Lopez Middle – sent email blasts
to parents. The Diamondbacker Sports Association,
Reagan’s Athletic Booster Club, promoted the
contest on its homepage at RattlerSports.com.
“Many of our Reagan football moms are passionate about high school football … this is Texas, after
all,” Sullivan said. “But I can say with confidence
that all of our football moms are passionate about
Reagan Rattler football. Like most moms, it begins
with the son you love more than life itself, but for
our Reagan football moms, it soon blossoms into
unwavering support and willingness to sacrifice for,
not only our own son, but also his teammates, their
parents, the coaches and their families.”
To learn more about the 2016 Team Moms of the
Year program, please visit fnfmagazine.com/
Reagan High School
TEXAS’ 2015 SAMSUNG TEAM MOMS OF
THE YEAR WINNER
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