Coordinator Of The Month: Hector Luis Sanchez
Name: Hector Luis Sanchez
Hometown: Indio, California
College: Dickinson State University
Major: Exercise Science
HealthCorps School Placement: Desert Mirage High School
Fun Fact: I played college baseball, a sport that does not require much endurance. Once done with college sports, I wanted to challenge myself and I started running marathons and triathlons. I trained for my first half marathon in two months and finished 150 out of 1,000 people.
Jeffrey Hartinger: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
Hector Luis Sanchez: Naomi Soto. Right out of college, I always had a vision of returning to my hometown and becoming a role model to the youth in my community. I started working for the Boys and Girls Club and that is where I met Naomi Soto; the HealthCorps coordinator of Coachella Valley High School.
I was very impressed with HealthCorps and everything that Naomi was doing for the youth in the community. That was when I knew that I wanted to be involved with the HealthCorps movement. Luckily, an opportunity opened for a coordinator position at Desert Mirage High School; I took it and I never looked back.
JH: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
HLS: On February of 2013, Desert Mirage High School encountered a shocking moment in the history of the school by hosting their first health fair “Whipping February into Shape.”
Many of the school educators have never seen anything like this at DMHS; especially seeing the entire student body very engaged with a health event. Principle Dr. Walker did not seem to have words to express the success of the event and was very thankful for what he called the event of the year.
JH: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
HLS: I have been very engaged with my after school fitness programs, especially coaching many sports. I have the opportunity to impact and develop the Desert Mirage Baseball program by taking a role of head coach. This role has given me the opportunity to apply what I learned with my degree of exercise science and my career in baseball.
My goal is to develop a program where the athletes will help each other reach their highest potential in school and athletics.
JH: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
HLS: HealthCorps has given me a new vision on education and I feel that the school setting is the place for me. Therefore, once I complete my final term with HealthCorps, I will begin my credential program and masters in sports management.
This program will help me develop the tools needed to become an affected athletic director for a high school. This way I will be able to influence all sports and helping all athletes get to the next level.
JH: What is one thing you have learned that you will be able to carry with you as you move forward in life?
HLS: I learned that if people want to enjoy life they have to love everything that they do, take a chance on something new every day and do not be afraid to ask questions.
I have always considered the definition of “job” to be something that people have to do; not what they want to do to survive. I do not consider HealthCorps a job because when there is love and passion in what you do, everything becomes effortless.
We want to thank Hector Luis Sanchez for his exceptional work and congratulate him for being this month’s coordinator of the month.