GSEP Holds Fourth Annual COASTAL 5K/10K

The fourth annual Children’s Outreach: Advancing Social Transformation and Learning (COASTAL) 5K/10K Walk/Run and Kiddie K welcomed hundreds of runners and walkers back to Dockweiler Beach on Saturday, January 25, 2014. COASTAL raises funds for GSEP programs that help school-age children in underserved populations reach their full potential. California Bank & Trust was the 2014 title sponsor for a third consecutive year.

“The COASTAL Walk/Run continues to grow each year and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Betty Rengifo Uribe (EdD ‘12), California Bank & Trust executive vice president and GSEP alumna. “It’s rewarding to see community participation grow each year as the event supports children in the Greater Los Angeles area. Service to others was an important element of my education at GSEP and I’m pleased that it is also part of my professional career and company focus at California Bank & Trust.”

Funds raised go toward caring for homeless children through GSEP’s partnership with the Union Rescue Mission and Hope Gardens; to providing counseling to families who cannot afford it, via the GSEP Community Counseling Clinics; and for preparing K-12 teachers for service in urban areas.

For the first time, GSEP also hosted a virtual run for those who wished to support the COASTAL mission but could not make it to the race. Virtual run participants were also eligible for prizes.

“The GSEP family extends much farther than our graduate campuses in Southern California,” said Vanessa Jahn, GSEP events manager. “The virtual run was a fun and easy way to participate without having to travel or break a sweat.” Participants and their family and friends took advantage of the sunny day to enjoy the many samples available in this year’s expanded vendor area.


Team si Se Puede (Yes you Can) was running in support of Maria Navarro. COASTAL was Maria’s first race following her surgery to remove a brain tumor.

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