Sunday, December 19, 2010
The ITA After School Tutoring program has been going so well that the director from the Immigrant Resource Center, Flora Archuleta, called me up to offer a PIZZA party for our kids before the Christmas break. So, this past Wednesday December 15th our big PIZZA party took place at the tutoring center.
This was a great opportunity to take a little break from homework and bond. KIDS were very happy and excited for the surprise. Things got a little bit noisy and crazy when all of the sudden I threw in the discussion question of the evening: "Do you believe in Santa? Why or why not?" After some legit arguments, we had to stop and go back to what brought as to tutoring, HOMEWORK.
PIZZA, NINOS Y TAREA
El programa de In The Arena Tutoria Despues de la Escuela ha hido tan bien que la directora de el Centro de Recursos para el Inmigrante, Flora Archuleta, me llamo para ofrecer un fiesta con PIZZA antes de las vacaciones navidenas para los ninos. Asi que el pasaso Miercoles 15 de Diciembre la gran fiesta tomo lugar en el centro de tutoria. Esta fue una gran oportunidad para tomar un descanso y acercarnos mas. Los NINOS estaban muy contentos y emocionados con la sorpresa. La cosa se puso color de hormiga cuando de repende hize la pregunta de discusion de la noche: "Crees en Santa Claus? Porque y porque no?" Despues de tener un debate muy bueno con argumentos legitimos, tuvimos que parar y regresar a lo que en primer instancia nos trajo a tutoria, LA TAREA.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Louisville KY: After a long and intense journey, the Adams State men and women cross country teams finished up a successful season with a 3rd and 1st place finish at the 2010 NCAA Div II Cross Country championships this past weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.
It has been a rough journey for the women's team as they had been dealing with injuries, had defeat, and being defeated. At nationals, they were able to finish a close 3rd place to Western State by 3 points. Makes me so proud to see how much they learned from this season. There are so many positive things about this year's season that will help shape their lives. As much as they wanted to come home with the national title, some of the girls had an off day. One could tell they were digging in to pass people, but their bodies would not respond. In the sport of cross country it takes the whole team to win championship. After putting the puzzle together -race day, looking at scores in detail there is no doubt in my mind that they gave their best on that given day. They return home hungry and motivated. I heard a few of them said " Can't wait for Indoor track, so that I can redeem myself" "This was a humbling experience" that is when I had to stop and reflect. "That is the mentality and the attitude of a champion, to embrace the experience and move on". Coach Martin and the rest of the staff is excited for next year. It was quite an experience to see the women's team learn, grow, and embrace the journey.
On the other hand, the men's team dominated the field and were able to capture their third consecutive national tile by 47 point. The story of the day was Brandon Birdsong who after being 6th or 7th runner all year long, led the pack from beggining to end. At the finish line, his teammates aknowledged Birdsong and everyone was chanting his name just like in the movie Rudy, but this time it was "Birdsong! Birdsong!" It felt great to see them dominate and come together as the great big family they are. It feels wonderful to see how much they grew and learned to appreciate each other and the program as the season progressed.
Winning is a great thing, yet for the Adams Cross Country program it is all about the journey and not the destination.
Monday, November 22, 2010
I was fortunate enough to be part of this program as an athlete in 2001 and 2002. Eight years later and once again, I get to volunteer some of my ITA comunnity hours helping Coach Martin with this years men and women's team. Some of my duties range from pacing, giving out water, lots of driving, timing, encouraging, screaming my heart out at competition and learning from Coach and the Athletes.
I cant help it, but Im in LOVE and very THANKFUL with and for my ITA community work.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Kids from after school tutoring program were very excited to participate in High Altitude Challenge 1 mile XC race recently in Alamosa, Colorado. This race was the last of a 3 race series sponsored by the Alamosa recreational center and the first race ever for many of the kids.
Alan and Brayan's parents offered to help me out by driving a few of the kids to the race and supervising. This was a great way to bond. Kids were eager and ready to leave by 4:00p.m. The highlight of the day was when I told them I had ITA t-shirts for all of them. I told them we were a team and that we were going to run, jog or walk for our Team (Team ITA). They loved the idea.
The majority of group came with me on my 1998 green wind star van. At the race, Brayan took the role of a captain by taking the group on a warm up. Jose and Laiza were scared to race, but at the end they did it. Aida and Diana stayed with Angel and paced him all the way. Oscar had a great race and said he really liked it. Alan and Jesus partnered up at half way and ran the rest of the race together. David and Miguel ran their own races and competed very well.
It was wonderful to see them compete, have fun, and learn at the same time. After the race, we gathered at the tutoring center for homework and some pizza.
More details (results) in the video, Enjoy!
Monday, October 25, 2010
After weeks of discussion and preparation, the "ITA After School Tutoring Program" in Alamosa has successfully started. On October 12th,2010, tutors and students gathered for the first time at the Tierra Nueva Apartment main office.
The last two weeks have been a great success. We (parents, students and tutors) are delighted for this opportunity. I have never seen so many kids show up with a smile on their face to do homework. The fact that they decide to stay for the whole hour and thirty minutes we open the center makes us,tutors, proud.
Its wonderful to see older kids take leadership and help out the younger ones. Yes, Im excited and very proud of this new project. It will not only impact our youth, but parents, teachers,a whole community and an ITA athlete that believes in them.
Thanks to In The Arena, San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center, Tierra Nueva Apartments, and volunteers for trusting and helping me make this project a reality.
Meet the new group of children and adults I will be working with for the rest of the school year.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
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Sunday, August 1, 2010
My 5th year speaking and sharing my running experiences. Many hours of volunteer work, 200+ athletes from all over the country, lots of hard training, classes, and a lot of fun.. Here are some videos from this years' camp..
Looking for some motivation?
Coach Damon Martin's Speech at Cole Park
What are Campers Saying?
Meghan Montoya from Los Alamos High School, New Mexico.
Victoria Trujillo from Los Alamos High School, New Mexico.
XC Camp Has Talent
The Champions "Beat The Crap Out Of Crap"
Adams State a Big Awesome Family
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Increible creer que ya llevo 120 horas de servicio comunitario en el Club Boys and Girls aqui en Alamosa. Estoy impresionada de lo mucho que me he encarinado con estos ninos en tan corto tiempo. Mis horas dedicadas en el club han sido y continuaran siendo todo un reventon. Cada dia trae nuevas historias, juegos, projectos, preguntas, abrazos, y un poquito de drama aqui y alla.
Today, we would like to introduce you to a few of the kids and adults I interact with at the Boys and Girls Club. The following video is a collaborative project and it would not be possible with out the help and support of all people involved. Thank you so much to every one for your participation.
Hoy quiero presentarles a algunos de los ninos y adultos con los cuales comparto en el club. El siguiente video es un projecto de colaboracion y no hubiese sido posible sin la ayuda y apoyo de las personas envueltas. Muchas gracias a todos por su participacion.
For a wider screen go directly to/Para verlo en pantalla mas amplia ve directo a: http://www.youtube.com/user/rungomezrun
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Lo siguiente es un video que he querido compartir con todos ustedes desde hace ya un buen tiempo. Feliz Dia de la Independencia y Gracias por contribuir a que mis suenos se hagan realidad.
"My name is Zoila Gomez and I Love to RUN!"
Mi Nombre es Zoila Gomez y me encanta CORRER!"
Sunday, June 6, 2010
After a few speaking engagements to 8th graders from Ortega Middle School at Adams State College. Ortega's Middle School counselor, Luis Murillo, contacted me to invite me speak with the rest of the students. Luis was able to set up a couple of presentations a day for a whole week.
Many time people ask me "Why do you run?" Motivating and being able to share my experiences with our youth is one big reason why I run. Running has taken me to places once I dreamed of visiting. Running has allowed me to stand in front of audiences and speak from my heart. Speaking in front of audiences was once a dream, being a reality is a true gift.
Thank you so much to Ortega Middle School students, faculty and staff for welcoming me and ITA. Many thanks to School Counselor Luis Murillo for such wonderful invitation. Congrats to all 2010 Ortega Middle School graduates. Don't ever forget that "DREAMS do come TRUE!"
Sunday, May 23, 2010
My visit with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at the only and first bilingual school in Grand Junction, Colorado. Dual Immersion Academy (DIA)
My vista con los alumnos de 3er, 4to y 5to grado de la unica y primera escuela bilingue en Grand Junction, Colorado. Dual Immersion Academy (DIA)
"Dear Zoila: Gracias por venir a DIA (Dual Immersion Academy)- Bienvenida a nuestra escuela para siempre. Seras muy especial para DIA. Gracias por todo el animo con el que iniciaste cada presentacion.Te deceamos lo mejor. Felicidades. Un abrazo muy fuerte de parte de todos en DIA. You are awesome Keep up the GREAT work! Train hard! You WILL make IT to the OLYMPICS this TIME!" Bernadette Yanez
" Hi Zoila, Thank you for coming to our school and sharing your stories. They were great. Thank you for sharing the magazine with us. Thank you for inspiring us to reach our goals and dreams. Thank you for taking a picture with us in front of the banner. Would you please come back to our school again? Thank You! Mr. Hass and the DIA Third Grade Class.
"Hi Zoila, Thank you for coming to our school.You are awesome. Your stories motivated us to dream BIG. You are the first person that comes to ou school that was in the cover of a magazine. Would you please come back to run the mie fun run with us? We love you and you are the best visitor we have had" Mr. Hass and the DIA Fourth Grade Class.
" Dear Zoila, Thank you for visiting our school. It was an onor to meet you. Thank you for saring your wonderful stories with us. Thank you for inspiring us to follow our dreams. We hope you make the USA Olympic Team for the marathon in 2012. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you for signing autographs and taking pictures with us" Mr. Hass and the Fifth Grade Class.
Monday, May 10, 2010
"Done with my Math homework"
" Math homework can be fun and entertaining!"
On Friday, we made personal cards for our Moms..
"HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY"
Thank You paint cards we made on Monday..
Learning how to Knit
"Im making a blanket"
"My dream house"
In the drawing I see myself singing in front of thousands of fans"
" Pull Harder!"