A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Dominic Bonta

DominicBontaDominic Bonta has lived in Portage his entire life and along with his family, have been life-long active members of the church Nativity of Our Savior, also located in Portage.

Along with being active within his church he is also a part of Rebuilding America.

“It’s a great program and opportunity to see people of all ages get together and help others that just need a little push to get back on their feet,” said Bonta, “It’s a great way to get to know others in the community.”

Bonta is also heavily involved with Andrean High School. Bonta was a 1983 graduate of Andrean High School where two of his sons attended and one still attends. He and his wife LeeAnn have three sons together, Austin, Ethan and Brandon.

“I have basically helped out with no specific titles or anything; I just get involved in the activities whether it’s sports, theatre, or academic activities,” Bonta said.

His involvement in volunteering has included cleaning the track and football stadium, installing new goal posts for the football field and renovating the lobby of the gym area. Bonta was also a member of the AAA (Andrean Athletic Association), a group that helps raise funds for all sports and activities.

“Generally any project that was going on just offered some time and labor to make it a better place for everyone. The boys were in soccer, football, wrestling, track, basketball, theatre and academic clubs so my wife and I just help where we see a need,” Bonta said.

While the boys were growing up, Bonta coached many teams in various sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball and football. Bonta says there were many reasons for why he coached and some of them were to spend time with his kids and keep them active.

“Coaching has a couple of personal motives. I really enjoy sports so that was an easy way to stay active and share my experiences with other kids to hopefully teach them sportsmanship and the fundamentals at a young age so they can develop on their own later in their lives,” Bonta said.