building 03Basketball season is always exciting for our students. But facing off against your sister school is thrilling! This year, Downtown Value and Everest Value once again met on the court. Although players from Downtown Value were successful in defending their title, the Everest Value team got closer to clinching the win than ever before!

With support from the Fitzberg Foundation, both Downtown Value and Everest Value have had the opportunity to participate in citywide sports. Although campuses at Value Schools are relatively small compared to other schools in their divisions, our students pride themselves as being contenders year-round.

"They work hard and never give up," said Everest Value Coach Robert Marquez. "That's what it's all about! Seeing what might be and working hard to succeed. That's what Value Schools stands for. That's what the kids do every day."

They work hard and never give up... Seeing what might be and working hard to succeed. That's what Value Schools stands for. That's what the kids do every day."
-- Everest Value Coach Robert Marquez

Downtown Value Education Coach Henry Martinez kept a big-picture perspective. "Sports isn't just about winning or loosing," he said. "It's about taking a loss and coming back stronger the next season. It's good for boys and girls, it's about getting back up and never quitting. It's about living the Values and becoming a better person."

Long-term success requires healthy bodies as well as healthy minds. With the Fitzberg Foundation grant, Value Schools is better equipped to maintain a full complement of team athletics at both its K-8 schools and encourage widespread participation in healthy activities.

Most students at Downtown Value School and Everest Value School participate in Physical Education for 180 minutes (three classes) per week, with supplemental programs such as Running Club for the K-6 students and our Students Run LA Club, in which 7th and 8th graders train for the Los Angeles Marathon.

And there are collateral benefits of team athletics! Along with healthy bodies, athletic participation brings academic benefits that raise achievement levels. Physical activity improves cognitive skills, concentration, attention, and attitude - all of which help improve academic achievement.

"School work always comes first," explained Martinez, "and sports is a way to make sure our boys and girls stay engaged. To participate in sports, each student has high academic expectations. They've got to keep up with their studies if they want to be on the team."
 
Athletic participation also builds social skills and develops character. Sports can increase self-esteem, encourage goal setting, and bring out leadership skills in children who then use these skills to practice academic excellence in the classroom.

The gift of $25,000 from The Fitzberg Foundation allows Value Schools to maintain a tradition of athletic and academic excellence. We are deeply grateful for the continued support given to Value Schools by the Fitzberg Foundation and Dan Rothenberg!

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Downtown Value School Downtown Value School 
950 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 748-8868
Fax: (213) 742-6684
Everest Value School Everest Value School
668 South Catalina St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone: (213) 487-7736
Fax: (213) 487-7745
Central City Value High School Central City Value High School
221 North Westmoreland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: (213) 471-4686
Fax: (213) 385-5127
University Prep Value High School University Prep Value High School
1929 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Phone: (213) 382-1223