On Wednesday, January 10, 2024, RunStrong athlete, Millie Gonzalez-Flores, an 8th grader at Mendez Fundamental School, was invited to speak at the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation’s (OCYSF) Annual Gala in Irvine and she was phenomenal! Millie is a straight-A student taking honors classes while participating in RunStrong, Cross Country, Track & Field and Softball. Numerous guests praised her speech. In fact, one of the event honorees, Olympic Gold Medalist, Janet Evans and the Event Host, the one and only Bob Costas, gave her a “Shout Out” from the stage during their remarks! Millie was very impressive and we couldn't be prouder of her.
Thank you Tom Murphy and the Board of Directors of the OCYSF for inviting us to be a part of this incredible event and for your continued support to provide new ASIC running shoes to RunStrong athletes. It really means a lot of our students...as you heard from Millie! We would like to extend a special Thank You for all the friends, sponsors, donors, golfers and contributors who have sustained KAMSF over the past 18 years with your generous donations. Because of you, our impact, and Kevin's legacy continues.
Shaun Gonzales, is a well-rounded student athlete. As a sophomore at Santa Ana High School, he participates in Track & Field and Water Polo while taking AP and Honor classes. He is also part of the mock trial as a co-captain as well as being a leader in FCA, a Fellowship for Christian Athletes. This may seem like a heavy load, but Shaun would have it no other way and he has maintained a 4.8 GPA. Shaun was introduced to RunStrong at MacArthur Intermediate School. Coach David Diaz recognized his talent, positive outlook and leadership skills immediately and Shaun was selected as one of the Captains of the RunStrong team. During this time, he honed his skills as a leader when running as well as in other areas of his life. Shaun loved to encourage his peers to stay focused, be safe and enjoy themselves. One of his favorite memories of being part of the program was witnessing quiet, shy runners mature into active, confident engaged RunStrong participants over the span of a few months.
On September 18, 2023, KAMSF, along with 7 exceptional individuals, was inducted into the SAUSD's "Athletic Wall of Fame" at the Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex. This award is usually given to individuals, making KAMSF the first organization of receive this honor.
One of the highlights of the year is the Annual KAMSF Shoe Distribution. Since 2018, the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation has provided a generous grant to provide deserving students with new, high quality ASICs Running shoes - shoes that allow students to race with confidence and pride. Over the years, close to 3,000 pairs of shoes have been purchased and distributed to RunStrong students.
The Santa Claus for a Cause 5k/10k will return to the Historic Bolsa Chica State Beach on Saturday, December 16th. RunStrong participants will join Holiday revelers turned runners from all over Orange County to compete in this festive event that features Christmas Carolers, holiday themed music, costume contests and much more! Comprised of student athletes from the Santa Ana Unified School District, RunStrong is now one of the largest running clubs in Orange County. Sponsor a student or join us in the Team Area to volunteer. KAMSF - providing opportunities for Santa Ana students to excel athletically and academically.
The Dino Dash will return to The Market Place on Sunday, November 5th. Sponsored by KAMSF, RunStrong participants will join runners from all over Orange County to compete in the 5k. Comprised of student athletes from the Santa Ana Unified School District, RunStrong is now one of the largest running clubs in Orange County. Sponsor a student or join us in the Team Area to volunteer. KAMSF - providing opportunities for Santa Ana students to excel athletically and academically.
RunStrong Upcoming Race Alert - Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation "Reaching for the Cure 5K" March 26, 2023
The PCRF's 25th Anniversary "Reaching for the Cure" event is set to return to Irvine Valley College and RunStrong will join the community of excited runners who dedicate their miles to fight cancer in children worldwide.
RunStrong is now one of the largest running clubs in Orange County and dominated the "Santa Claus for a Cause" 5k/10k at Bolsa Chica State Beach on Saturday, December 17th. Over 250 runners from Santa Ana competed in the festive, holiday themed race with many placing first in their age groups. Thanks to all the parents who helped to distribute snacks, water, Christmas headbands and candy canes!
Priscilla is an active, a well-rounded senior at Segerstrom High School. As a student athlete, not only is she focused on doing well in her AP and Honors classes, but achieving athletic excellence competing in Cross Country, Soccer and Track & Field. As early as the 5th grade, Priscilla discovered a love for running and often found herself outrunning both girls and boys during recess. At MacArthur Intermediate School, she was introduced to Cross Country and to Coach David Diaz, coordinator of the RunStrong Program at the time. Coach Diaz encouraged her to join RunStrong and Priscilla participated in the program during her 6th, 7th and 8th grade years. Not only did she participate, but she was also an admirable student leader encouraging other students to always do their best and to never give up. Her love for running and championship spirit grew as she competed in RunStrong sponsored events where she often placed in her age category, outrunning youth from all over Southern California.
As the oldest of her siblings, Priscilla is driven to excel academically and athletically in order to create a positive role model for her younger sisters just as other family members created for her. Her family values education and she strives to do her best in all areas of her life understanding that with hard work, determination and dedication you can not only reach your goals but exceed them. Priscilla would like to pursue a degree in Political Science and English with a goal of attending Law School.
The Kevin Armstrong MD Memorial Sports Foundation... encouraging and supporting academic and athletic excellence. Congratulations Priscilla!
The nonprofit Kevin L. Armstrong M.D. Memorial Sports Foundation creates opportunities for at-risk students to reach their full potential academically and athletically. Our RunStrong programs help kids succeed in life. Get involved!