VASSP offers students chance to compete, have fun in sports

The SISD Volunteer After School Sports Program (VASSP) offers students in grades Pre-K to sixth an opportunity to participate in sports and recreational activities while motivating them to attain an interest in their classes and maintain their grade point average.
Currently, teams are being formed for the basketball competition which will begin in late February and continue through March. The track and field competition will begin in April.
Students interested may sign up at their school. Practices and games take place after school at the campuses participating. Students will compete in four divisions: minors division (Pre-K through 1st grade), intermediates division (2nd through 3rd grade), seniors division (4th through 5th grade) and pros division (6th grade).
VASSP was established in 2000 with only four schools participating and about 80 students. Last year, more than 2,000 students from campuses across the district participated.
Last fall, 116 teams participated in SISD’s 2012 VASSP intramural soccer league. More than two dozen students played from August to December at various campuses. The championship games were at the Student Activities Complex (SAC).  Congratulations to the 2012 soccer champions. They are:
Minors division (Pre-K through 1st grade)
Champion: Robert R. Rojas Elementary School
Runner up: O’Shea Keleher Elementary School
Third place: Desert Wind School
Intermediates division (2nd through 3rd grade)
Champion: H.D. Hilley Elementary School
Runner up: Paso del Norte School
Third place: Campestre Elementary School
Seniors division (4th through 5th grade)
Champion: Jane A. Hambric School
Runner up: Desert Wind School
Third place: Benito Martinez  Elementary School
Pros division (6th grade)
Champion: John Drugan School
Runner up: Sun Ridge Middle School
Third place: Ernesto Serna School and Jane A. Hambric School
Other finalists
Pros division:
Socorro Middle School, Salvador H. Sanchez Middle School and SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle School
Seniors division:  Robert R. Rojas Elementary School, Chester E. Jordan Elementary School and Lujan-Chavez Elementary School
Intermediates division: Hurshel Antwine Elementary School, Helen Ball Elementary School, Lujan-Chavez Elementary School
Minors division: Paso del Norte School, Jane A. Hambric School and Hurshel Antwine Elementary School