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Beyond the Locker

By Miriam G. Mazliach

December 2, 2011

Horner Junior High School’s gymnasium was filled with the sounds of approximately 100 energetic young people, taking part in a “Life Skills and Sports Drills” mini-camp, on the afternoon of November 18.

The event was created by Beyond the Locker, a non-profit organization headed by Tony Stewart, a former football player with the Oakland Raiders.

During the past two months, Stewart had met with the students of Paul Barry’s Leadership class at Robertson High School to help instill self-confidence and the leadership skills needed in preparation for the mini-camp. The culmination of their combined efforts was the “Life Skills and Sports Drills” mini-camp, where the Robertson students coordinated and teamed with their assigned groups of Horner Junior High School participants and put them through a series of activities.

Horner Principal, Steven Musto explained that the student participants were chosen from each grade level by the P.E. Department or through teacher recommendation.

In addition to the exercises, interaction and overall fun, a message was being imparted -- that of setting goals, spreading empowerment and self-confidence, while giving back to the community. As for the students, judging by their exuberant reactions, it was evident that this after-school opportunity was a great success!

Salvador Herrera, Jr., Principal of Robertson High School, said that the hope is to expand the program so that Robertson students can work with other Junior High schools in Fremont.

Summing up his motivation and reason for involvement, Stewart responded, “A lot of people poured into my life. I want to do the same thing. That’s why I am here today, to pass it on to the youth of tomorrow. That’s my satisfaction.”

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