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.
[Note: Cherie's newsletter for February-March 2015 is on-line, here]
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Not to be missed: An amazing violin solo by EE team member Josh Rodriguez.
A poem from eight-year-old
EE kid Karen Mandujano:
Let us dance, let us sing
In praise of Martin Luther King.
A man of peace who stood up tall
He worked for fairness for us all.
We must be good to one another
Because, he said, all men are brothers.
Some are poor and some are rich
It really doesn't matter which.
No matter the color or the name
All men are just the same .
So let us try as we dance and sing.
To be like Martin Luther King.
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
2015 events (Click on a date to see photos; click "Events" on menu above for year-by-year lists)
January 18 Swimathon January 25 Highland YMCA Run February 8 Palm Springs running races February 14 Tour de Palm Springs bicycle event (no photos) February 21 "Tripalooza" awards banquet, San Diego February 22 Loma Linda 5K Feb. 28 & Mar. 1 Desert Triathlons March 26 thru April 26 "McFarland, USA;" honor for Marlene Samano; Run for Ike; swim training; PossAbilities
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