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Champions for Character Award
Posted 9/19/18


On behalf of the RUSD Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila, we proudly congratulate Carter High School (Boys Soccer) and Rialto High School Cheer Coach, Valarie Campa, who will be receiving the distinguished “Champions for Character Award” at the CIF’s 15th Annual Dr. Jim Staunton Champions for Character Award Dinner in Long Beach. The Champions for Character Award is predicated around students, teams, schools, administrators, athletic trainers, media entities, coaches and officials who demonstrate the Six Pillars of Character, which are trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship.


Carter High School Boys Soccer


When submitting Carter High School’s Boys soccer team for this recognition, Dario Navarro, Carter’s Varsity Soccer Coach, highlighted that, “after exceeding the number of red cards allowed by CIF and being placed on probation, the coaching staff decided to implement a drastic change of attitude, approach, and way of thinking. Student athletes began to understand that it was their job to work hard on the field, play with focus and purpose, and show humility and respect to the officials.” This change in team disposition qualified them to earn this honor.


“We are proud of the work of our soccer team,” beamed CHS Principal, Dr. Patricia Chavez.  “It makes Carter High School stand out on a different level because it’s not just about athletic success but about succeeding with integrity.” Joseph Paluba, CHS Athletic Director also reflected on this honor by stating, “It is a testament to the fact that we are doing the right things here when it comes to athletics. We are not only making the hard choices, but the correct choices, on and off the field that contribute to us being the poster child for sportsmanship.”


Rialto High School Cheer Coach, Valarie Campa


Rialto High School’s Athletic Director, Kevin Gilbreth, shared his excitement for Coach Valarie Campa by stating, “It’s not a surprise because that is how all of our coaches and teams operate here, this situation was just a little more important to us in that Santa Monica had ‘The Moment’ taken from them and it was our place to give that to them the best way we could.  Out of this we have made better friendships with other schools and it has motivated our girls to think even bigger.”


Rialto High School Principal, Arnie Ayala, also expressed his elation at Coach Campa’s recognition, “I’m proud of Coach Valerie Campa, our National Champion Cheerleader Squad and Athletic Director, Kevin Gilbreth for making this right. This is a great act of sportsmanship which is defined in our mission statement…The Realm is distinguished by INTEGRITY.”


The San Bernardino Sun shared a great write up in today’s Sports Section, detailing the award. You can read the entire article here (pay wall):