About Exceeding Expectations
Exceeding Expectations was created by Cherie Gruenfeld in 2000 to re-direct the lives of at-risk inner-city kids in San Bernardino, California, using the sport of triathlon. At any one time there are about 60-70 kids in the program learning to swim, bike and run, and they participate in a variety of races in Southern California. The objective is not to turn them into athletes, but to teach them how to set firm goals and work hard to achieve them.
The results have been spectacular: grades are way up, behavioral problems are way down, kids are becoming the first in their families to graduate high school, and some are now achieving our ultimate goal, going to college, which would have been unthinkable before the program was created.
Exceeding Expectations is supported entirely by private donations. Administrative expenses are held to an absolute minimum so that nearly all the donated money goes right to the kids, for such things as race entry fees, bicycle maintenance, helmets and shoes, transportation to events, coaching and counseling, tutoring and race-day nutrition. Now that some of the kids are getting older, we are also actively helping out with post-high school education to make sure they have every possible opportunity to be successful.