Adam Frand Memorial Award: Awarded to the athlete who best exemplifies Adam’s attributes of diligence, loyalty, competitiveness and dedication
It was August of 1998. Adam Frand and a couple friends went on a bike ride in Venice Beach. Adam was set to begin his senior year in the fall. An honor student, member of the Academic Decathlon Team, well liked among his peers, and an anchor leg of what, at that time, was the fastest 4 x 100 meter relay team Mira Costa’s Track program had seen, Adam had a bright future ahead of him. He and his friends took a break from their bike ride and stopped for a glass of lemonade. Minutes later Adam collapsed, and died from what was a previously undetected heart problem. Needless to say, Adam’s death shook the entire Costa community, and especially the Track and Field team. The friends with him that day didn’t run their senior year. The following spring, a tradition was started in Adam’s name: The Adam Frand Memorial Award. This award is given to two senior athletes, one boy and one girl, who best exemplify the aspects of Adam’s character: DILIGENCE, LOYALTY, COMPETITIVENESS AND DEDICATION.