Spartans Come Together for a Cause

Spartans Come Together for a Cause
Posted on 12/06/2018
Group of male and female students run next to line of school buses during Spartan Olympics 5K Run/Walk“We are honest, responsible, respectful. We are leaders. We are Spartans!” The school motto boomed through “the Quad” at STPA on Nov. 30, setting the tone for what would become another successful Spartan Olympics.

STPA principal Ana Castro, and former PSTO president Nancy Ruiz, welcomed students, staff members, and members of the community, to the Fifth Annual Spartan Olympics 5K Run/Walk.

A couple of minutes later, local American Ninja Warrior Abel Gonzalez took the stage to officially kick off the day’s events and lead the students in a warm-up. Guided by Gonzalez and fellow students who had mastered the moves, students stretched, jumped, and got ready to run.

The annual Spartan Olympics event, which is organized by the STPA PSTO, in collaboration with the campus staff, students and parents, encompasses team-building activities and fun sporting events to build awareness and skills to lead to more active and healthy lifestyles, while also increasing school spirit.

Aside from the 5K Run & Walk, students had the opportunity to compete in friendly-fun competitive sports, and they received a repeat visit from Gonzalez, who inspired previous classes of Spartans with his story of perseverance and overcoming the odds.

This year’s event followed suit with a fundraising component, bringing donations in for the benefit of STPA students and a local non-profit of choice. Thanks to the generous contributions of corporate, community, and parent sponsors, and the dedication of students to collect as much as they could, over $25,000 was raised through the event, allowing the campus to donate $5,000 to the Rio Grande Children’s Home (RGCH), a nonprofit that has been helping children in the RGV since 1964. The RGCH provides a loving home through foster care and adoption of children that have been abused and neglected.

Through this event, students learned valuable lessons in health, empathy, charity and teamwork, while coming together to impact their campus community and the lives of children in need throughout the region.