Track And Field Gets Involved In The Community

April 10, 2009


East Palo Alto, Calif. - Last weekend the Stanford track and field teams spent some time away from the track to give back to their community. Approximately 20 members of the team took the quick trip across highway 101 to East Palo Alto to Green Oaks Academy to repaint the school and do some landscaping work.

The track teams gave their time in conjunction with the Second Mile Project to help with the local school. The Second Mile Project provides a field of projects for people to go beyond the ordinary. The Second Mile has the goal of being a neighbor that sees those around us and asks the question of how 'I' can help.

In addition to repainting and landscaping the school, the track teams prepared gift baskets for local community members.

'It was particularly special because we were originally supposed to be finished after two hours, but the team requested to stay and keep working, said Stanford middle distance star Claire Cormier Thielke. 'I was pretty incredible if you consider that we're in season from January to June and free weekends are few and far between. People were really giving up their only free day to do something great for the community. That made me really proud to be a part of Stanford Track.'

Working alongside the Stanford track and field team were members of Cardinal Life and the general Palo Alto community. The group gathered to work together and overhaul the school.

'Personally I thought it was a really special experience to be able to work together with my teammates to do something great for the Bay Area community,' said Cormier Thielke. 'This is our second home. We work together on the track everyday but it's great to be able to do something for others together.'

'This along with the free clinic we do in conjunction with the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational remind me of what makes this team so special,' said Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field Edrick Floreal.

The Stanford track and field teams will be back in competition this weekend when they send a small group of athletes to the Rafer Johnson/JJK Invitational in Westwood, Calif.

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