California Families in Focus is proud to announce the launch of the Detective Kimberly Maddox Youth Scholarship Program and congratulate our first recipient, Ms. Michelle Flores, who is attending CSULB, which is the University that Detective Maddox attended.
We are proud and honored to bestow this historic award to Ms. Flores for her involvement in the community and wish her continued success reaching her educational goals.
Detective Kimberly Maddox was born in Jacksonville Florida on November 13, 1958 and moved to Los Angeles California in her teenage years. She attended Los Angeles High School and due to her extraordinary athletic abilities in basketball, she received a full scholarship to attend CSULB.
Kim still ranks among the top four performers in all of the key career categories: points (1775), assist (461), field goals (779) and steals (219). She played for the Women’s U.S. National Team during its 1978 tour of the Orient. She was a member of the 1980 Women’s Olympic team, but that team ultimately did not participate in the Olympic Games because of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. But Kim also participated in the 1984 Olympic trials.
Kim was an amazing basketball player who possessed phenomenal skills and in 1989 she was inducted into Long Beach State’s Hall of Fame for playing on their female basketball team, the 49ers.
Kim served as Co-President of Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc. and as Board Chair of California Families in Focus, she held many jobs in Los Angeles and Long Beach; but her favourite position was being a detective for the Long Beach Police Department.
Kim, a true leader with an always-positive outlook, retired from the police force on October 9, 2014 after more than 25 years of service as both a patrol officer and detective. After her retirement, Kim sought to assist her wife, Angel Macias, in taking care of her murdered brother’s two children. Angel Macias is the CEO and Founder of the local non-profit California Families in Focus and is very active with the City of Long Beach and the GLBTQ community focussing on the youth.
Not long after retiring and moving to Sacramento to be with her wife, Kim was diagnosed with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer on December 5, 2014. She fought hard with dignity and grace, and on September 12, 2016, Kim lost her battle to Cancer and passed away in Mexico while undergoing alternative cancer treatment.
Kim lived life to the fullest and no one can argue that she had one of the biggest hearts and would never hesitate to help those in need. That was her daily mission. Kim’s passion and compassion earned her great accolades and awards throughout the community; but her greatest love was spending quality time with her wife and family. She was the mother of 6 beautiful children and 5 grandchildren – all whom she adored and who adored her.
Kim loved to travel and had a knack for making friends everywhere she went. Kim’s legacy will live on through her wife and children, the Kimberly Maddox Youth Scholarship Program and her footprint will forever be engraved in the City of Long Beach.
We will be having an annual banquet where we will award 3-4 deserving students a $1000-$3000 scholarship.
CFF IRS REINSTATEMENT: California Families in Focus is celebrating and would like to thank Ms. Stephanie Jones Taylor at the IRS department for helping us get retroactive reinstatement going back to May 15, 2016!