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Sophomore Cecilia Prodoehl, drawing a game of Astros themed hopscotch on the sidewalk. (Photo: Erin Lenahan)
The Incarnate Word Academy community woke up bright and early this past Wednesday to decorate the sidewalks with multi-colored chalk to show their support for their next door neighbors, the Houston Astros.
“At Incarnate Word Academy, our students are fans of the team year-round! We enjoy the energy around us here in downtown Houston, as passersby engaged with the art when walking toward the stadium for the game,” said Principal Cathy Stephen describing her enthusiasm for the event.
Sophomore Fia Dehais drawing a detailed depiction of Astros player Jeremy Peña. (Photo: Alex Perez)
The “Chalk the Walk” event has become a tradition for Incarnate Word Academy, with many students excited to use their artistic skills while rooting for their favorite hometown team.
“I enjoy drawing, and really anything that has to do with art, so having such an amazing opportunity to showcase my artistic abilities while being able to express my support for the team has been a really fun experience,” said sophomore Fia Dehais, as she drew a detailed depiction of Jeremy Peña.
Incarnate Word Academy’s downtown location offers students access to one of a kind opportunities with the Houston Astros. In 2017, when the Astros won the World Series, former players Jake Marisnick and Josh Reddick paid a visit to the school to show off The Commissioner’s Trophy. In addition, every freshman class receives tickets to attend one of the games.
Incarnate Word Academy students decorating the sidewalk while being broadcasted on local news. (Photo: Erin Lenahan)
“Being so close to Minute Maid Park, I think we have a very unique experience, something not every high school in our area has to offer,” said senior Erin Lenahan.
Incarnate Word Academy plans to host more “Chalk the Walk” events for games to come.
Editor's note: Check out the coverage of IWA's "Chalk the Walk" from local Houston news outlet ABC13 Houston here.