My name is Chelsea, and I'm running the New York City Marathon to support AthleteAlly.
I am honored to be able to support AthleteAlly's work in the world. Especially in this moment in our country, we get to fiercely embrace our LGBTQ+ fam. And put our love into action. Hence the daily training towards the big ole' goal of the NYC Marathon.
I invite you to read more below about this amazing organization. And to please support me in my goal of raising at least $3,000 towards ending homophobia and transphobia, creating inclusive and celebratory leaders, through sports.
How many people that you know-- or maybe you-- have a big love for sports- watching playing, talkin about it, postin about it?
How many people that you know have had a team experience that changed how they perceived themselves and the world? A team experience that has been powerful, daresay transformative? Or have been inspired by major league athlete or team's powerful stance?
What if our country's beloved arena of sports could not only accept but actually LEAD our country in creating inclusive spaces that celebrate everybody's love? What if sports could lead the charge to end homophobia and transphobia?
The power of this vision is clear. And AthleteAlly is actually doing it. Since its founding in 2011, Athlete Ally has attracted more than 150 professional athletes and Olympians, and teams at more than 50 U.S. colleges and universities to champion the inclusion of LGBT athletes. Moreover, they are leveraging partnerships with individual athletes and teams to advance our impact on LGBT public policy in states that lag in LGBT nondiscrimination protections.
AthleteAlly has their NYC office in the coworking space for changemakers that I am the community manager of, the Centre for Social Innovation NYC. So I see & hang with their incredible team literally every (work) day, and trust and love the work that they do.
While I've ran short distances regularly since high school, I ran my first half-marathon (Brooklyn Half!) this past May. And found out something beautiful-- I love long distance running!
But I wanted all of the meticulous effort of training for a marathon to contribute to something bigger than me. I choose to fundraise for AthleteAlly because, in this moment, I choose to love our country. A fierce, bold, visionary kind of love. And right now our country needs that kind of love to hold our LGBTQ+ family tight. A love that offers the tools and a compelling vision to do better, regardless of the circumstances.
I am honored to be running to fundraise for AtheteAlly and take 26.2 miles of steps to contribute towards an end to homophobia and transphobia, towards building LGBTQ+, inclusive leaders. I want to contribute towards funding all the policy work to make our country safe and celebratory of generations to come, towards all the tens of thousands of lives touched by their trainings and awareness campaigns on college campuses and with major league teams and athletes.
To learn more, visit www.athleteally.org.