SRLA Cares

SRLA Cares raises social, environmental, and community awareness through various community projects throughout the training season. SRLA Cares provides an opportunity for SRLA students to give back to their communities both large and small.

Here’s how Luis, a 2016 SRLA high school graduate and SRLA Scholarship recipient, described the impact of participating in SRLA Cares:

I’ve been inspired by the generosity of SRLA, through the opportunity to participate in smaller races before the marathon. In every race, each school is encouraged to partake in SRLA Cares, focused on bringing a specific item to give back to the community. Before my exposure to this, I have never truly understood the importance of providing a lending hand. Therefore, in my transition to high school, I entered with a state of mind of doing something similar. Over the course of my four years in high school, I have earned over 300 hours of community [service]…. SRLA does a lot for the community and I aimed to do the same.

SRLA Cares Breaks Guinness World Record

On Saturday, August 9, 2014, SRLA collected and counted 18,302 shoes at Belvedere Middle School and broke the Guinness World Record for “Most Shoes Collected for Recycling, which previously stood at 16,407 shoes!

2019 - 2020 SRLA Cares Students Challenges

If you have a student that would like to take on one or both challenges contact Harry,

SRLA Superstar


  1. Perfect attendance through May 15th

  2. B or better in every class for the year

  3. Complete every SRLA event

  4. Help someone at school who you do no know with a school project

  5. Coordinate your groups efforts with any 3 of the following 6 projects:

    • 100 dollars for Every Penny Counts

    • 100 pounds of recyclables for Reduce Reuse Recycle

    • 100 cans of food items from Yes we CAN!

    • 100 paper goods for Supply Us

    • 100 toys or school supplies for Bring Joy with a Toy and Be Cool to a School

    • 100 lbs of pasta for Pasta to make a difference

SRLA Environmental - Who Cares


  1. Commit to NOT USE single serving plastic bottles through May 15th

  2. Recycle 100 lbs of plastics bottles from not through May 15th

  3. View the following 3 films and submit short reviews:

    • Plastic Paradise

    • Tapped

    • Amazing Grace & Chuck

  4. Visit a landfill and a water treatment facility. Submit short review and a few selfies

  5. Create and implement a school-wide 1 (or more) day recycling project

  6. Create an eco-art project and submit a few pictures

Adults are also welcome to take on the SRLA Environmental - Who Cares challenge


2018 - 2019 SRLA Cares Projects


Los Angeles DodgERs Foundation 5k: September 30, 2018

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
SRLA students are collecting recyclables and learning about the impact of plastic in our landfills, as well as alternatives to plastic bottles. Money raised supports SRLA Cares and SRLA Post-Secondary Scholarships.


Every Penny Counts!
SRLA students collected about $4,000 to support local nonprofits. This year, pennies will be donated to Schools on Wheels, Chrysalis, and United Cerebral Palsy- Los Angeles.

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Yes, We Can! 
SRLA students are collecting canned food to support Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission.

Holiday Half@ Pomona Fairplex: December 9, 2019

Bring Joy with a Toy and Be Cool to a School!
SRLA students are collecting toys and schools supplies to be donated to a local school to bring holiday cheer.


Pasadena Half Marathon @ The Rose Bowl: January 20, 2019

Supply Us with Paper Products!
SRLA students are collecting paper foods, including paper towels, toilet paper, and wipes, to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.


23rd Annual Friendship Run @ Hansen Dam: February 24, 2019

Pasta to Make a Difference!
SRLA students are collecting pasta donations to support MEND.


Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon: March 24, 2019

Pay it Forward!
Throughout the season, SRLA students have learned the importance of giving back to their community. At this race, SRLA students and alumni remember lessons learned.