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BackgroundEdit

THE WALK-ON MENTALITY IS ABOUT EXCELLING IN LIFE NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. A WALK-ON SIGNS UP FOR A TOUGH JOURNEY KNOWING THAT NOTHING IS GUARANTEED AND NOTHING WILL BE HANDED TO THEM. HARD WORK IS EXPECTED, EVEN IF THE RESULTS ARE NEVER SEEN ON THE FIELD. WALK ON THEN RUN IS ABOUT SPREADING THOSE VALUES TO ALL AREAS OF LIFE.

InsightsEdit

WALK ON THEN RUN'S CORE VALUES ACADEMICS: FINDING THE VALUE IN EDUCATION AND STRIVING TO BE A LIFE-LONG LEARNER. ATHLETICS: USING COMPETITION TO BRING ABOUT THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF. HABITS: CONTINUOUSLY WORKING ON SELF-IMPROVEMENT TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN ALL AREAS OF LIFE.

DetailsEdit

Patrick Laird was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection and a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy awarded annually to the nation’s most outstanding football player who began his career as a walk-on. Having a breakthrough campaign as a 2017 junior, Laird rushed 191 times for 1,127 yards and eight touchdowns. Laird became the 16th 1,000-yard rusher in Cal history and the first since Daniel Lasco in 2014 while recording the 19th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history. Laird averaged 102.5 rushing yards per game to rank sixth in the Pac-12 and 28th nationally at the end of the regular season. Laird had five 100-yard rushing games including four in his last five contests when he rushed for 727 yards and four scores during the stretch, including 545 in his final three games. Laird had at least 200 all-purpose yards in each of his final three contests including a career-high 233 against Oregon State. Laird ended his junior campaign with 45 receptions for 322 yards receiving and one touchdown catch while totaling a career-best and team-high 1449 all-purpose yards. He was four receptions shy of the school record for a running back held by Paul Jones (49, 1979) and had more catches than any Cal running back since 1988. In addition, Laird was a first-team Pac-12 All-Academic selection in 2017 and picked up CoSIDA Academic All-District® recognition as a junior.

Patrick is originally from Arroyo Grande, California. He attended Mission Prep high school in San Luis Obispo where he finished his three varsity campaigns with 4,551 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns on the ground on 547 carries for an average of 8.3 yards per rush, while adding 47 receptions for 734 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns, 483 kick return yards on 16 kick returns, 142 punt return yards on 11 punt returns and 31 interception return yards on five interception returns to total 5,941 career all-purpose yards for a team that reached the finals of the Southern Section Northeast Division playoffs during each of his last two seasons as a 2012 junior and 2013 senior.

Patrick is double-majoring in Business and Political Science at Berkeley.

Summer reading challengeEdit

ABOUT THE READING CHALLENGE I grew up loving to read. I had older siblings who enjoyed reading during the summer months and inspired me to do the same. While I spent a lot of time playing sports outside, I always found time for my favorite books.

My goal with starting this challenge is to help inspire more kids to read and bring light to the detrimental effects of summer learning loss. The decline in reading proficiency over the summer months can have a profoundly negative effect on a student's success down the line, especially affecting lower-income students.

I want to build a community of readers this summer. First, that will require as many signups as I can get. Second, I want to communicate with everyone and encourage participants to finish the challenge. I will connect with everyone through email, social media and in person as much as I can. I encourage everyone to share their participation with the Reading Challenge by posting online with #ReadWithPat.

And finally, I'm fortunate to have the support of my school in fighting Summer Learning Loss. Cal Athletics will provide tickets to the first game to all the students who complete my Summer Reading Challenge. I look forward to building this community together!

-Patrick

STATISTICS ON SUMMER LEARNING LOSS Summer learning loss refers to the decline in children's reading development that occurs during summer vacation when children are away from the classroom.

READING PROFICIENCY DECLINE Summer reading during the summer months is tremendously important to student success.

More than two months of reading skills can be lost over the summer vacation period Students who show up in fall with declined reading proficiency levels fall farther behind than students who maintain or gain in reading proficiency throughout the summer months Declines can compound, resulting in over two years worth of lost reading development by 6th grade THE GOOD NEWS Summer learning loss can be fully overcome by encouraging students to read over the summer.

Reading just 4-6 books over the summer can help eliminate Summer Learning Loss Letting students choose their own books makes them more likely to read over the summer It's important students find the right books based on their interests and reading level. Find the right book using the Lexile Framework for Reading's "Find A Book" tool. Creating a structure for students as well as providing incentives can motivate kids to achieve their summer reading goals Walk On Then Run is looking to build a community of readers this summer to help kids achieve their goals as well as provide tips for parents along the way. COMPLETING THE CHALLENGE 1st and 2nd Grade – Read at least 4 books this summer and receive 4 tickets* to Cal's opening game against University of North Carolina on September 1st.

3rd through 6th Grade – Read at least 6 books this summer and receive 4 tickets* to Cal's opening game against University of North Carolina on September 1st.

Walk-On Mentality Club – Since a walk-on is about going above and beyond, we would like to award those who complete the challenge and read two additional books. Walk-On Mentality Club members will be invited to an on-the-field meet and greet after the September 1st game.

  • Additional tickets may be purchased alongside the 4 tickets received for completing the challenge.

If multiple students from the same household complete the challenge, an additional 2 tickets will be awarded per additional participant.