We are the Friends of Ronald Reagan Sports Park
We need a few good people! Do you fit the profile?
“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.” – President Ronald Reagan
Our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization annually offers cash awards to third and fourth grade students in Temecula schools who show an understanding of individual initiative, why it is important and why President Reagan praised our community for the Can-Do spirit it displayed when our folks built a sports park without using government funds.
The principal of the school whose students submit the greatest number of qualified entries in the essay contest receives a large Mayor’s Trophy, presented by the Mayor or a Council member.
The winning entries are published in the next edition of Community Little Book and all students with qualified entries are given an “I’m a Can-Do Kid!” sticker.
The Mayor’s Trophy is a traveling award that remains in the possession of the winning school for one year, until the next year’s winner is determined. It is also displayed at Temecula City Hall.
On February 8, 2012, the first phase of a Can-Do Monument featuring a statue of President Reagan was dedicated at Ronald Reagan Sports Park and donated to the City of Temecula. That was a $100,000 gift. It includes the words of the President, praising “the folks in Temecula” for their Can-Do spirit.
The final phase of the Monument awaits $60,000 in additional donations to our organization. Donors of $1,000 or more have their names etched in granite on the Monument, which is viewed by thousands of people each week.
Annually, we pay for a bus-load (45 – 50) of middle or high school students to take a round trip to the Discovery Center at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, in order to experience a re-enactment of a simulated crisis that actually occurred during Reagan’s tenure in office. They are treated to a boxed lunch and a souvenir T-shirt. The only cost to the students is the $10 registration fee.
As part of their preparation for the students’ hands-on experience, we have developed special seminars and written materials to teach them about the important differences between capitalism and communism, and the significance of the Berlin Wall.
Each year, we seek out the junior or senior, from a Temecula or Murrieta high school, who has the most compelling personal story of overcoming adversity,demonstrating his / her Can-Do spirit and understanding of individual initiative as a core American value. The selected student receives a Medallion of Initiative and a $500 scholarship.
All award winning students are invited to attend our annual Can-Do Day Celebration, held at the multi-purpose room of the Community Recreation Center in Ronald Reagan Sports Park, on the first Saturday in March, the anniversary of the March 3, 1983, date of the President’s speech praising our initiative.
They also are invited to take part in our entry in Temecula’s Fourth of July Parade. The principal of the school winning the Mayor’s Trophy, the Medallion of Initiative winner, and the essay contest winners are invited to ride in the convertible. The Discover Center students are invited to march behind the car.
* DO ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS INTEREST YOU ENOUGH TO WANT TO HELP EXPAND THEM TO REACH MORE STUDENTS?
* DO YOU ENJOY WORKING WITH ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND / OR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS?
* DO YOU ENJOY ORGANIZING FUND-RAISERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF STUDENTS WHO OTHERWISE WOULD NOT BE EDUCATED IN THE AREA OF INDIVIDUAL INITIATIVE?
* DO YOU HAVE THE MOTIVATION, THE ATTITUDE, AND THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?
If your response is “Yes,” to any of the above, please consider joining our Can-Do club. You can download the application below and email it to us at email@example.com.