CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Alumnus Raul Munoz was awarded $20,000 by the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards in the “Leadership in Elementary” category. $10,000 of this award is going to Munoz and $10,000 going to his campus, George Evans Elementary in the Corpus Christi Independent School District where Munoz is currently a P.E. teacher and has been teaching for 18 years. This year, there were more than 1,500 applicants and Munoz was chosen out of a pool of 58 finalists for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.
Munoz received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 1998 from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and along with teaching, he is currently the sports camp director for the Summer Sports and Wellness Program (SSWP) hosted by the Kinesiology Department at A&M-Corpus Christi each summer.
“I was very excited to hear I was nominated for this award. To show appreciation for those who nominated me, I went ahead and completed the necessary paper work, and when I found out that I was a finalist and then won, I couldn’t believe it,” said Munoz. “To be the first coach to reach that level was an honor. I wish more coaches would try for this award because we’re teachers too.”
The SSWP camp is a three-week sports enrichment camp that targets children ages 10-16 that are at or below the poverty line. Munoz has been the SSWP Camp Director for 16 years. Through his director role, Munoz and the Kinesiology Department have continued to successfully fund SSWP with grant funds to benefit as many kids as possible.
“The legacy that I want to leave is I care,” said Munoz. “And there are teachers out there that care about making a difference in kid’s lives.”
In total, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards0 has awarded over $8.5 million in cash and grants since 2002.