Baker Broncos Marathon Kids attracts students from a diverse population to combine running and community care in order to achieve multi-faceted goals. While running does help the students keep in shape, it is a vehicle used to open the eyes of the students to the community in which they belong. By competing in community-wide events and runs, the group also serves the community by collecting items for Goodwill, Animal Shelters and Food Pantries in their Corpus Christi Community. As members of the running club, not only is their body nurtured, but also their soul.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
Baker staff plans to make this Play last for years to come by offering multiple opportunities that appeal to a diverse population and continuing to build relationships with the community. Many organizations have offered our students discounts for their contributions, and have opened our eyes to community needs. It’s no longer just about exercise. Continuing to build and maintain a positive relationship with the community is our key to success.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
Challenges included appealing to students’ interests, and securing funds to coordinate the logistics of events. Having to pay to race and wake up early on a weekend doesn’t exactly have students begging to run. Coach Brennan offered the opportunity for them to volunteer, eat lunch, and not run. Eventually the positive atmosphere got the best of them, and they began signing up to run as well!
What improvements have you seen at your school?
The biggest improvement at our school is that more students are involved in after school activities. Many students who were previously disengaged are now not only coming to running club, but are eager to participate in basketball and volleyball club as well. The best part is that a truly diverse group of students are now making the choice to be physically active and are building positive relationships in the process.