Santa Clara University

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An afternoon with Sacred Heart Nativity students

Ralph Gomez MBA '74

An Afternoon with Sacred Heart Nativity Students 

This past January, my wife Molly and I volunteered to accompany students to a SCU Men’s basketball game. The students from the Sacred Heart Nativity School in San Jose are 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys. This was our third year of participating in this event. These boys look forward to coming onto the SCU campus, attending a college game and just having a fun day. You can see the excitement in their eyes and on their faces. On the other hand, we look forward to talking and learning from them; after graduating from SHNS, and high school, will they be going to Santa Clara or some other university, what are their ambitions in life, and what are their expectations for the future. 

These boys could be at risk to a difficult life if not for the structured routine and rich surroundings they experience attending SHNS. They start school very early in the morning, and put in a full study day, 6 days a week. They are astute, hardworking, dedicated kids. For some, they will be the first in their family to graduate from high school and go on to college.

The boys are really fun to be with, not only are they smart, inquisitive, and well behaved, they demonstrate their dedication to learning and sensitivity towards others. Their principal and the teachers who come with them are to be congratulated for their own dedication and work with these boys.

My wife and I really enjoy volunteering for this alumni project, and to top it off, we get to see a basketball game with a group of noisy, Bronco cheering kids. We hope that this small experience will keep these kids on an upward moving track with a bright and successful future. They deserve the best.