BENEFITING: Women's Sports Foundation
Five years ago I started making a documentary on women’s rowing. As the father of a youth rower, while I stood cheering on my daughter in her new sport, I began to witness first hand the powerful change in her that ensued upon joining a crew team. I watched the positive, but hidden character of my middle school child, emerge and transform her into a young woman of visible mental and physical strength, with a defined passion and model leadership skills. Once privy to the capacity of transformation, I began to notice similar changes in her peers and teammates. My mother has always been a strong women who taught me anything is possible if I am willing to work hard and and make sacrifices to achieve it. This has successfully been my mantra to this day. Honestly before making my documentary I hadn’t given Title IX much thought. All the women in my life have been very strong role models, and the thought that they didn’t have the same opportunities as I did never occurred to me. I was amazed to learn how hard women had to work just to participate in sport. And if it wasn’t for these women, the opportunities that my daughters have today wouldn’t exist. Every day while shooting the documentary I saw the grit and determination of these young women trying to achieve their goals. It was very humbling and motivating. Upon completion of the film I was so inspired I wanted to do something myself, and seek my own version of success. My wife had run the New York City Marathon in 2007 and to this day claims it is one of the best experiences of her life. After seeing my roommate at the finish line of last year’s marathon I realized that this was going to be my goal. When my wife, Dayna, ran the marathon she ran it for charity and said in her mind it was the most rewarding way to run a marathon, because as you were doing something for yourself you were also able to give back. I totally agree with that sentiment. When thinking about what charity to run for, it was an easy choice… The Women's Sports Foundation. After all my years of following women's rowing, I am excited to give back to those that inspired me. On November 4, I will serve, and contribute to the legacy of female empowerment through sport as I run the TCS NYC Marathon for the Women’s Sport Foundation. Support me, support the girls and women in your life, donate to the Women’s Sports Foundation TCS NYC Marathon Team. Your contribution will give a girl the opportunity to complete, play, and discover new possibility. Serve her by giving her the opportunity to serve the world in a big way. Donate now, Donate here. The world needs her, and it needs you! It needs us.