SAISD Partners with The Power of a Dream to Encourage Student Success

The San Antonio Independent School District is partnering with The Power of a Dream, an organization that encourages youth and teens to pursue their goals and life ambitions.

“The partnership with SAISD and The Power of a Dream is to inspire and engage the youth of San Antonio to become the best they can,” said Eric Castillo, organization director. “The Power of a Dream wants our future generations to know that no matter what your circumstances are or how many fumbles you may have in life, don’t give up because there’s a winner in everyone.”

The Power of a Dream is based on a documentary of the same title that chronicles the perseverance of Castillo, who overcame a number of obstacles to achieve his dream of playing college football, which he did when became the oldest walk-on at age 30 for the University of the Incarnate Word football team.

As part of the partnership between The Power of a Dream and SAISD, more than 300 SAISD student athletes recently attended a free screening of the film at the Mayan Palace Theater on the South Side.

“The story behind The Power of a Dream is a testimony many inner-city youth can identify,” said Ed Garza, SAISD board member. “Choices, consequences, belonging to a team and never giving up are lessons of inspiration.”