Mission Statement The Z Kick For Life Foundation is dedicated to providing affordable, exciting sporting activities while preparing players, coaches, administrators, and officials for competition at higher levels.
Community Involvement The Z Kick For Life Foundation will be very active in the communities we live, work, and play in. Providing affordable instructional camps to youth and young adults.
"The best kicker in C.I.F" John Monger
For those who grew up in Chino, CA the Zendejas name is nothing new. It's common knowledge--the Zendejas' family has been a kicking coach's bananza.
Even today, we're reminded of the Zendejas family name--the families restaurants are commonplace throughout the southwest.
Luis was Lugo's first shining star leading DAL to the City's first CIF Championship in 1979, setting high school records that still endure today.
Former Arizona State University and NFL kicker Luis Zendejas is now enriching the Valley of the Sun as the Director of Community Relations for the Arizona Cardinals following his football career and 10 years of private-sector community service.
Named to his current position on April 26, 2001, Zendejas' main goal for the Cardinals community relations department is to give back to Arizona with community-based initiatives that focus on children. Programs such as the Gatorade Junior Training Camp and partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club and the United Way are helping him achieve that goal.
Zendejas also oversees a lengthy list of other programs that include the "Arizona High School Coach-of-the-Week," " Arizona High School Coach-of-the-Year," "Walter Payton NFL Man-of-the-Year." Zendejas also has been responsible for developing the Cardinals Alumni Association and the Cardinals Wives Club.
For the previous 10 years since his playing days, Zendejas worked for West Side Coalition, an organization serving community needs in 13 West Valley Municipalities. He also worked with transitional students at Millennium High School in Goodyear, juveniles incarcerated at the Lewis Prison in Buckeye, and teenage parents in Project ARM (Assuming Responsibility of Manhood) in addition to hosting free football camps throughout the community that allow kids of all ages to practice their skills.
In addition to his duties in Community Relations, Zendejas serves as the color analyst of Spanish language broadcasts on Wednesdays at Tempe's Arizona Mills Mall on ESPNDeportes Radio 710AM from 4-7pm.
A member of the Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame and the top kicker in school history, Zendejas holds Sun Devil career records for scoring (380 points), points after touchdown (137), and field goals (81). He also set ASU records for single-game field goals (5), single-season field goals (28 in 1983), and he booted nine three-pointers of 50 yards or more.
Zendejas, whose brother Max (University fo Arizona) and cousin Tony (University of Nevada-Reno) also kicked in the NFL, earned five seasons of NFL credit with the Dallas Cowboys (1987-89) and Philadelphia Eagles (1989). He also kicked for the U.S. Football League's Arizona Outlaws (1985), the Arena Football League's Arizona Rattlers (1992-1995), and the Canadian Football League's Birmingham Barracudas (1995).
Zendejas led the Eagles in scoring in 1989 with 87 points (19 field goals, 30 points after touchdown). As a Rattler, he was a member of the 1994 Arena League championship team.
Luis's Nephew Alex Zendejas is currently the starting Kicker at the UofA in Tucson and is sure to carry on a long rich tradition of kickers.