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More than 10,000 runners show support for Catholic Education at Steps for Students
Date: 2/18/2015
Written By: Catherine Rogan

By Catherine Rogan

WHAT:     More than 10,000 runners start the day with Cardinal DiNardo, the ringing bells of the Co-Cathedral and the release of ECO Doves
WHEN:    Saturday, February 21, 2015
              6:30 a.m. Sunrise STEPS Mass
              6:30 a.m. Registration begins
               8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk
              9 a.m.  David K. Guite Memorial 1K Family Fun Run
WHERE:  Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston

More than 10,000 runners start the day with Cardinal DiNardo, 
the ringing bells of the Downtown Co-Cathedral and a ECO Dove release

HOUSTON – On Saturday, February 21, a blessing from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the beautiful peeling bells of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and a release of ECO Doves (environmentally friendly dove-shaped balloons) will send off more than 10,000 runners of all ages as they take part in the 10th Annual Steps-for-Students 5K Run/Walk and the David K. Guite Memorial 1K Family Fun Run.

Benefitting the network of 61 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the Run/Walk starts at 8 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston. The event is sponsored by Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta.

School communities, parishioners, community partners and runners from across the Archdiocese will participate in Steps for Students. Their participation helps raise awareness of the value of Catholic education, assists schools with raising funds, and supports the Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program which makes Catholic schools accessible, available and affordable to all families.

"Steps for Students is a day of fun and community-building. It is a time for us to come together in support of our mission to educate our students in mind, heart and spirit,” said Dr. Julie Vogel, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese. “The run also helps the financial well-being of our Catholic schools in providing quality Catholic education for our students. In its 10 year history, the event has benefited thousands of students."

Román Martínez, president and chief executive officer of Texas Taxis, the parent company of event sponsors Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta, said “It has been such a joy to be affiliated with Steps for Students all these years!!”

“For me personally it has been a way to help other students who may be in the similar situation I was growing up here in Houston many years ago.  I had parents who were willing to sacrifice to give me a Catholic education.  I had schools who offered me tuition financial assistance that gave me the opportunity to attend St. Theresa's and then Strake Jesuit.  I had a Principal at St. Theresa who would put a quarter, a nickel and a dime on her desk so I could pay for my lunch and at the same time maintain my dignity by not showing others how poor I was. My work in Steps for Students is my tribute to my parents, my teachers and principals who made me who I am today because I had the privilege of receiving a Catholic education,” Martínez continued.

“I thank the Archdiocesan Development Department and all the volunteers who give of their time, talent and efforts to develop and implement this great event,” said Vogel.

This USA Track and Field sanctioned event is open to the public. The race is chip-timed and features a single-loop. Race Day On-site Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The registration fee is $25.  For more information, visit www.steps4students.or g.

About the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Catholic Schools:
·          The Archdiocese has the largest private school system in Texas.
·           There are currently 61 schools throughout the counties of the Archdiocese.
·          More than 19,000 students are enrolled.
·           Archdiocesan schools serve students PreK-3 through 12th grade.
·          All schools offer need- based tuition assistance for students.   

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston serves 1.2 million Catholics in 10 counties.
It is the largest Roman Catholic diocese in Texas and the 12th largest in the United States.

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