Mission Statement

Exceeding Expectations, a program in San Bernardino that serves an inner-city population, is designed to encourage at-risk kids to move their lives in a positive direction, using the sport of triathlon as the vehicle.

The goal is not to develop the kids into elite athletes, but rather to offer them opportunities to participate in a lifestyle that is healthy, goal-oriented and very unlike that which they experience in their everyday lives. We strive to replace negative influences with positive role models and to instill in the kids a powerful new discipline of setting measurable goals and working hard to achieve them. 

Our highest priority is education, and our ultimate objective is to ensure that every one of the kids graduates high school and goes on to college. We make this promise to all the EE kids: When you get into college, we'll make sure money isn't an obstacle.

EE is donor-funded and run by volunteers. We have no paid staff and no professional fund-raisers. With the exception of insurance costs, we have no administrative expenses: Every penny we collect directly benefits the kids.




Marlene Samano's wedding pictures here!

Cherie's September, 2017 letter is here.
Her end-of-2016 letter is here.

Photos of the 2016 Awards and Scholarships Party are here.



 New! A way to support EE financially that won't cost you a dime!

Shopping on Amazon.com will now support Exceeding Expectations!
  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to Exceeding Expectations whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
  • AmazonSmile is exactly the same as the Amazon you already know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • All you have to do is always start at smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. The first time you log in, look under "...pick your own charitable organization" and enter "Exceeding Expectations" as your charity, then select it from the list that appears.You only have to do this once and you're done.
  • Full details about the program are here.

Thanks, and remember: Use smile.amazon.com when shopping!


Not to be missed: An amazing violin solo by EE team member Josh Rodriguez. 

In the News:
"Great Expectations" in Triathlete Magazine, August, 2010
"One from the Heart" in Inside Triathlon Magazine, January, 2010 (winner of the 2010 Triathlon America
"Best Published Triathlon Article" award)
"Triathlon Magazine Canada" article, March, 2014


2017 events (Most photos this year will be in emails we send to our supporters)

January Swimathon
Highland YMCA 5K/10K/Half marathon
February Palm Springs running races
April Run for Ike 5K
PossAbilities Tri/5K
May 21 Run training
June 25 Tin Man Tri/5K
July-August Summer run & bike training: 7/2; 7/23; 8/13
September 17 EE Race for Challenged Athletes Foundation slots
October Challenged Athletes Foundation, San Diego
December Tinsel Tri, 12/10
Santa Paws 5K, 12/16
Annual Awards & Scholarships Party, 12/17


2018 events

January Swimathon, 1/14
Highland YMCA 5K/10K/Half marathon, 1/28
February Palm Desert running races


Donations welcome here!


Video: EE co-founder and director
Cherie receives a Jefferson Award 

(YouTube version here)