Community Run for Principal DiCaprio

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Joe DiCaprio gets the runners into the spirit at River Road Park in Niskayuna Tuesday, December 13, 2016.PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Joe DiCaprio gets the runners into the spirit at River Road Park in Niskayuna Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

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NISKAYUNA- Rosendale Elementary School Principal Joe DiCaprio is hoping to inspire his students to pursue their goals, no matter how outlandish, by tackling one of his own: trying out for a semi-pro football team.

DiCaprio began to prepare for the try-out in November and blogged about it so that students and parents could see his progress.

On the blog, he writes not only about his successful workouts but about all the challenges he faces on his journey.

The Rosendale community (and the Niskayuna community) have gotten behind his efforts.

High School Principal John Rickert has helped him train. Iroquois Middle School Principal Victoria Wyld helped DiCaprio try out a hot yoga class to mix-up his routine.

Rosendale PTO members, Woodlawn Elementary PTO members and students wanted to pitch in too.

On Dec. 13, everyone joined in the effort during a community run.

DiCaprio was blown away by the support, but parents said he’s more than deserving of it.