July 2022

Dear Friends,

In our last letter, we spoke of our fifteen EE kids currently in college or other post-high school educational programs, and we celebrated Marlene Samano Ramirez and Josh Rodriquez, our two recent Master’s degree graduates.

The groundwork for this kind of achievement is laid early in every Exceeding Expectations kid’s life. It starts with a commitment to the program: training and racing, and the understanding that they will graduate from high school and, with EE’s help, continue on to higher education. Along the way, we celebrate all academic accomplishments.



Yoselin Canseco is the first in her family to graduate from high school and to attend college. She will be running track for San Bernardino Valley College. She’s already selected her classes for fall quarter, a full schedule, and is looking forward to her freshman year. (Her younger sister Gaby will be following in Yoselin’s footsteps in a couple of years.)



Arian Mayorga (second from left) has been with EE since he was a first grader. He is the first of his family to graduate from high school. Arian will also be running track for San Bernardino Valley College, and he’s getting a jump on his freshman year academics by taking several college classes this summer. His two younger brothers, Ahris and Aramiz, are working hard to be just as successful.



Fernanda Alvarez graduated from high school with high honors and will be attending San Diego State University. Fernanda has an older brother and sister, both EE members, who are currently in college and a cousin in a nursing program. But she is the first in this large, extended family to leave home for her college years. She has already had on-campus orientation and is eager to get moving on this big, exciting step.




Jose Olivares (left) and Ahris Mayorga (second from right) graduated from middle school and are headed to high school where our expectations for them are high!



We just kicked off our regular Summer Run/Bike training program. As most of you know, athletics is the vehicle we use to help our kids move their lives in a positive direction. Some of the kids will be challenging themselves by running up to 10 miles, trying to earn a coveted slot to the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon in San Diego in October. Many will also be preparing for the October Tram Challenge and everyone will be training for our next triathlon.

Lee and I both had COVID and were unable to be present at the summer kick-off on June 12, so EE had another first: The session was run by two veteran EE kids, Archi Lai and Isi Ibarra (left, and second from right). How’s that for stepping up!



Lee and I got better quickly and were back this past Sunday.




Getting to compete for a slot to CAF's "Greatest Day in Tri"





Afterwards, some of the kids did bike training in preparation for our next triathlon.


The USA Triathlon Foundation has long supported EE and this year selected EE as a recipient of a Pillar Grant, which serves to encourage, inspire and ignite participation in the sport of triathlon. We’re honored to receive this grant and the kids will be working hard to meet their personal athletic goals.



As always when we see our kids succeed, we never forget that none of these accomplishments would be possible without you and the generous support you’ve given us over the years. We are grateful to each of you and hope you recognize these kids’ successes as your return on investment.

Thank you all.