The Socorro Independent School District’s Volunteer After School Sports Program (VASSP) completed another successful track and field season and had its championship games in May.
“This is our son’s first sport so he really has enjoyed it,” said Omar Uribe, a parent at Purple Heart Elementary School. “This program has taught him about teamwork and comradery, and it’s also disciplined him to workout out on a daily basis.”
More than 1,000 students in grades Pre-K through sixth grade participated in the program. The athletes competed in various events, such as the 50 and 100-meter dash, shot put, discus, long jump, 4×100 relay and the 400 and 800-meter runs.
VASSP is a co-ed intramural sports and community outreach program designed to provide after-school physical activity for students, increase volunteer parental involvement, and help students attain more interest in their school grades.
“I was very excited to run and be a part of the track and field team at my school,” said Alexia Davila, a second-grade student at Elfida P. Chavez Elementary. “This is the third time we play in the championships. We come back every year because track makes us strong and gives us more energy.”
The first place track and field VASSP champions were James P. Butler Elementary in the junior division, and John Drugan School in the senior division. Second place winners were from Purple Heart, junior division, and James P. Butler, senior division, and third place teams were from Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco, junior division, and Lujan-Chavez, senior division.
“I’m very proud of my team and excited that we won first place,” said Coach Francisco Torres. “The kids love the sport and they are very resilient. They always show up to practice and work hard.”
Click here to learn more about the SISD VASSP program. To complete the SISD online volunteer registration form click on the link below.