San Pasqual Academy football team remain unbeaten

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The San Pasqual Academy football team, despite having over 100 degrees on the pitch for all of their games, continues to demonstrate what it takes to be champion. They played three games and, most recently, beat Julian High School with a final score of 62-8. The 14 boys and 4 girls played the whole game with intensity and determination to prove to themselves and to others that they are much more than “just children in foster care”. The players play both on offense and defense and never give up. Their enthusiasm is evident and the team chemistry is evident. Many players have been told they are chess. Most have never played sports, as they have had to relocate several times, disrupting both their academic and athletic experiences. Having fans who encourage these foster teens, support them and recognize their hard work, dedication and commitment is very rewarding for them. Their peers, staff, teachers, stay-at-home parents, coaches and many more are there for them. Adolescents in foster care at San Pasqual Academy feel appreciated, supported and nurtured. They feel special and are grateful to everyone who shows up for them at these very important football games.

San Pasqual Academy is both the home and school for San Diego County teenagers in foster care. Its successes are numerous: a graduation rate of 94% versus a graduation rate of 45% for adolescents in foster care who are not placed at the San Pasqual Academy, a safe and stable environment, where students can attend school until they graduate, and then are supported to continue their education, be it college or vocational school. They also receive therapy to overcome the abuse, trauma and neglect they have suffered. Siblings can stay together which is very important for all siblings and reduces more trauma in their life. San Pasqual Academy students develop long-term relationships with caring staff, teachers, and coaches. They even have “grandparents,” who live on campus and volunteer their time to teach them how to sew, cook and learn other skills.

Adolescents in foster care have been supported for over 20 years by the Friends of the Academy of San Pasqual, who make academic, athletic, musical, artistic, agricultural and other programs possible. Proms, school balls, birthdays and end of year parties are also funded by Friends of San Pasqual Academy. Transitional housing for graduates is also available, with many former students returning “home” during their summer holidays and vacations. Friends of San Pasqual Academy currently supports over 80 graduates at colleges including UCLA, San Francisco State, San Diego State, Cal State San Marcos, Cal State Fullerton, San Jose State, Sacramento State, Humbolt State, Chico State, Palomar College, San Diego City College, Mira Costa College, Southwestern College, Mesa College and other colleges.

For more information about Friends of San Pasqual Academy, a 501 c 3 nonprofit, visit friendsofsanpasqualacademy.org. Donations can be sent to Friends of San Pasqual Academy, PO Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. —Friends of San Pasqual Academy press release


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