2014-11 - Blanca Colato and Justin Crespo

Our November and December Metta Recipients for 2014 are power couple Blanca Colato and Justin Crespo, known to friends as “Blustin.” The high school sweethearts are known for their athleticism and they both placed first this year in a September triathlon hosted by JROTC.

The two-day triathlon consisted of push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups, and in the end the victors received a trophy for Iron Man and Iron Woman. Winning the competition was a great feat but it’s what this dynamic duo did after the competition that caught the attention of the Metta Students Foundation. Rather than taking the trophies home, eighteen year old Crespo and seventeen year old Colata decided to give them away to special needs students who also competed in the triathlon.

“At first I wasn't thinking of giving away the trophy,” says Crespo,”it was when a freshman special needs student took the challenge. Seeing him participate in every event, and getting up and smiling when he completed the challenges made me smile. He was very proud of himself, which he should have been, because he had a great score. At that moment I said to myself he deserves this trophy. I then personally hand delivered it to him.”

Colato says her boyfriend’s act of kindness inspired her to share metta, “To see that happy face made my heart literally melt to the core. It was an eye watering moment because it wasn't just her with the smile it was all of her friends! They were all so proud of their friend and it made me so happy. Even after we left the room they were still cheering and I'm sure that they're still cheering to this day.”