PHOENIX, Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Phoenix Attorney Nick Alcock recently learned that several Esperanza High School students wanted to run in the P.F. Chang half marathon. There were only two things holding the students back. They didn't have shoes and they lacked the money for the entrance fee.
A lifelong runner, attorney Alcock knew that he had to act. He states, "We take so many things for granted. It's easy for me to lace up my shoes and head out for a jog. When I heard that these kids wanted a chance to train for a half marathon I knew that I had to do something."
Esperanza High School is a small charter school that caters to at risk students. It is located in North Phoenix on Bell Road. It lacks the budget and the facilities to provide the students with extra-curricular athletics available at larger schools. Nevertheless, the students are dedicated and focused.
Says Alcock, "When I spoke with the students, I saw that all of them were eager to learn and eager to make the right choices. Over the years I have visited many schools and I know that there is something special going on at Esperanza High School."
Nick Alcock is the owner of the Law Offices of Alcock and Associates. Attorney Gabriel Sayavedra is an associate of the firm and a triathlete. He has run many marathons and is helping train the students who will run. Phoenix lawyer Sayavedra specializes in criminal defense law.
Sayavedra says that equipment is incredibly important. He states, "This January 15th, five of the youngsters will run a half marathon--a little over 13 miles. In order to run that distance you have to train for months, slowly building up endurance and strength. Ordinary tennis shoes can cause injuries and problems with shin splints. We took the time to get the right shoes for each of the students and I am working with them so that they will be ready for the race."
Sponsoring the students is only one element of a larger involvement that Alcock and Associates attorneys have in store for Esperanza High. Alcock also has an ongoing scholarship program that rewards positive attitude and academic achievement. Winners receive an end of the school year dinner, trophy and $400. Alcock also volunteers as a mentor to students who have questions about post high school education and what it is like to be a lawyer and run an Arizona Law firm.
States Alcock, "These kids want to succeed. They want to learn what it takes to get to the next level. All they need is an opportunity to test themselves and find out what they have on the inside. It is an honor to sponsor them to get them across that finish line."
The Law Offices of Alcock and Associates is a law firm located in Phoenix, Arizona. They handle criminal, DUI, personal injury and immigration matters. To contact the firm, call 602-989-5000 or visit their website at http://www.alcocklaw.com
Alcock and Associates
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Phoenix AZ 85004
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