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Georgetown’s Chase the Chief grants $9,000 to GISD P.E. programs

Organizers of the 6th Annual Chase the Chief (CTC) 5K, Fun Run and Fitness Games recently announced the school-level winners. The event, held March 4 at the East View High School athletic fields, raised funds for grants that were awarded to Georgetown ISD schools based on the percentage of CTC participants compared to each school’s enrollment.

CTC organizers reported that 11 Georgetown ISD campuses were eligible for $300 grants, while Carver Elementary earned an additional $600 bonus for having the highest number of participants, followed by Wagner Middle School, which earned a $400 bonus for having the second-highest percentage, and Richarte High School, which earned a $200 bonus for having the third-highest percentage.

The breakdown of winnings are:

Carver ES - $900
Wagner MS - $700
Richarte HS - $500
Cooper ES - $300
Ford ES - $300
McCoy ES - $300
Pickett ES - $300
Village ES - $300
Benold MS - $300
Forbes MS  - $300
East View HS - $300

In addition, all GISD elementary campuses will share a $2,500 CTC grant (to be combined with a $2,500 GISD Education Foundation grant) for the “Life is Short – Grab Your Sneakers” running program and a $2,000 grant for more equipment for the “Ninja Warrior” obstacle course equipment.

In the months leading up to CTC, GISD P.E. classes measured students’ baseline fitness rates. Students tracked their improvement as they prepared for the event. This year, the “Fit for Life Hammer,”  the traveling CTC trophy, was awarded to Carver Elementary for being the school with the most measurable improvement.

“On behalf of GISD, we thank our partners at the Georgetown Police Department, especially Chief Wayne Nero and Assistant Chief Cory Tchida, for supporting Chase the Chief,” Superintendent Fred Brent said. “Chase the Chief brings our whole community together to focus on fitness and also invests valuable funds right back into our P.E. programs. We appreciate the many volunteers from the community who came together to make it happen.”

CTC is a joint effort between the Georgetown Police Department and Georgetown ISD. It is a family-friendly event that raises awareness of the importance of physical activity and good nutrition. The Fitness Fair spotlights healthy lifestyle choices, while the Chief’s Challenge course, Fun Run, and chip-timed 5k provide good-natured competition.

“CTC has been, and continues to be, a great opportunity to bring attention to youth wellness and fitness,” Chief Wayne Nero said.  “We are grateful for the many partnerships, professional relationships, and many personal friendships this event has brought into the police department. I am thankful for the community support and for all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes from individuals such as Lieutenant Bert Witcher, Officer Delta Jolly, Elizabeth McFarland, Mike Rainey, Amber Sladecek and all the GISD PE coaches.  I look forward to the continued success of this event for years to come!”

With more than 1,400 participants, the 6th Annual Chase the Chief was fun for the entire family, as well as serious runners. The date for next year’s 7th Annual Chase the Chief is set for March 3rd on the campus of East View High School.