OUR STORY: THE 108
Everyone loves a great success story, right?!?! A person whom in the face of adversity pulls themselves up by the “bootstraps,” thus demonstrating the ideology of “just hanging tough and making it somehow” to find success in life- this ideology pertains to a current Junior College Coach named Ray. Before coaching, Ray was a former non-division 1, non-scholarship collegiate athlete, whom consequently did not have the “bootstraps” to pull himself up by; therefore, due to a lack of material wealth in conjunction with interpersonal turmoil, this resulted to an abrupt exit from the pursuit of a four-year degree for Ray. In the meantime, Ray’s family started to grow with the birth of his son Chandler, then four and half years later with the birth of his daughter Tabitha. Subsequently the “family first moto” lead to working odd jobs while he pursued his passion to become a coach. By the same token with coaching pay not being able to cover the standard cost of living alone, the realization for the need of an education was becoming more and more evident to complete.
To that end, Ray decided to give school another shot even though his return could only be on a part-time basis due to his family’s obligations. Although he was starting to have some success as a coach, the rising cost of tuition and books made completion of school harder. Whatever material wealth that could be accumulated had to help with loose ends for him and his family. Conversely, financial-aid was not an option because of his family’s combined income, however, yet that money went straight to living cost of the Silicon Valley. And to put it another way, while he was going back to school- as stated before, he was working multiple jobs (at the same time), such as a personal trainer, the 3 A.M. shuttle driver shift at a major delivery service company (driving shuttles from one hub to another) in conjunction with coaching and going to school. The real fear for Ray was if something should happen to his family’s income (i.e. the possible loss of a job or two), what would they do next?! As a result, effects of this perceived threat, critically made a complex situation even harder- attempting to complete his degree would not be as easy as it initially seemed.
Over time, Ray’s academic support from his peers, professors, student-athletes and family member’s, started to gain traction that significantly did not detract from his current educational experience. Finally, Ray could feel his motivation, engagement, and achievement increase towards his studies-not only did this allowed for supportive relations in the classroom environment for success, but it was a key catalyst in his boarder-line GPA of 2.0 to start a slow, steady climb towards 3.0’s (and higher at his University). turn of events lead to a full- time comment to finishing his educational goals; in 2007, he went back to take more classes to finish up his AA degree, by 2010 he was able to transfer back to the university where he previously pursued athletic opportunities in his early twenty’s with the continued, positive support from professors, peers and family alike, Ray was able to complete his four-year bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a double emphasis in Physical Education and Social Justice (for Sport), his end goal was finally met.
By and large, Ray found his own “bootstraps” with the importance of emphasizing that no can achieve success alone without sufficient resources. If this story of Ray sounds all- to-familiar maybe because you know someone like Ray or are currently in his shoes. This story of Ray is about our founder Raymond G. Cornell. His story is one of failure and eventual success- no one should have to endure a hard road to academic success. In the long run, the purpose of this organization and subsequent event is to help raise monies to help those people, whom like Ray want to achieve their degree, however, may not have the means to do so.
This why Ray started the 108 Foundation, INC.., to help student- athletes like himself secure funding when options are very limited. Equally important to obtaining a degree/education is the means to provide for funding for those people that need it. Hence the reason (and creation) for our first annual ‘8 Days for 108’ event upcoming from November 27,2016 to December 4, 2016.
This is an all ages event with a few requirements:
*Sign-up for this event right here on our CrowdRise page (There will be an electronic waiver form that must be agreed to before any participation can commence) by clicking ‘Set-up your fundraiser’ or the donate icon. Once you are a part of our team or your own, go out and ask friends (or people you love) to join in our efforts to people to help contribute to your effort(s)
Be active; indoors or out, go for a bike ride for *108 Miles, or run for 10.8 seconds- you choose what activity you like
Have Fun and enjoy: our primary focus is to have fun being active while raising money to help provide scholarships by the end of this 2016-2017 school year, we appreciate your time, contributions and effort to make this even success.
*Participants will be asked to move in their environment over 8 days for at least 108 seconds, 108 minutes, 108 hours, 108 miles, 108 yards, 108 meters and/or laps (Each movement does not have to be exactly 108, we just want people to find their niche no matter what fitness level you are at) - the options are endless.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or if you would like to chat with Ray, himself, please provide your number in an email and he will get back to you in a timely matter- thank you again for your time.
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