By Jon Gaede, BVN Sports –
What began as a vision for district students and families, culminated in a celebration for all Rialto Youth League Flag Football players on Saturday.
The concept of creating a competitive, district wide youth league was the brainchild of Rialto Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Harold R. Cebrun.
Through planning and passion, Dr. Cebrun mobilized his student leadership to make it happen. He opened up the gates of district school yards and let the community benefit from their own facilities.
The co-ed league has had a cross the board impact upon the community and united it’s young people through the age old concept of team building and the pure joy of athletic competition.
From 4th to 8th grade, there was a team located near their home school, for any district student to join.
“I thank Dr. Cebrun on his new vision for our district and the opportunity to be included as a member of his great team” said Mr. Robert Goodloe, a computer teacher and the league’s assistant Youth Sports Coordinator. Mr. Goodloe supports Mr. Ernie Carr, a retired Rialto educator who coordinates the scheduling, equipment and logistics for the league.
With the support of School Board President, Joseph W. Martinez, the student athletes and their families came together every Saturday for two months.
The league championship brackets were decided for all 18 teams, in an all day competition, at Rialto High School, on Saturday.
The intrinsic value of being part of a team, blending gender and race into one cohesive unit, produces a special collaboration that can’t be reproduced in the classroom. When you see the intensity on their faces and the joy in their eyes, anyone can see how important the experience is to them.
The young players and teammates are constantly engaged in listening (coaches), thinking and executing on the field of play.
Among district leaders who observed as coaches were Monte Stewart (Hughbanks Elementary) and Leonard Buckner (Morgan Elementary) to name a few.
We were very impressed with one of the playoff teams on Saturday, the Curtis Elementary School Redskins. Intense, focused, relentless and successful, the Redskins won all their games and earned the championship trophy. Hats off to super coach Bunny Alisaalem and his assistant, Daniel Harris, both custodians at the school. Well done.
Special thanks to Greg Bell, former Notre Dame and Los Angeles Ram for his energy and commitment to the kids. Thanks to former San Diego Charger Leonard Russell for his support.
All the generous coaches, parents and the kind people from the Horizon Water Company for supplying water on championship day.
Dr. Cebrun’s youth program continues with basketball in December and soccer in the Spring. No time for video games or texting, this youth league is an opportunity to become a part of a team and compete.
For those who would like to become involved in supporting the kids, please contact Mr. Robert Goodloe at (951) 323- 7505.