Cope Whitney via Crowdrise
April 10, 2011
BENEFITING: Bright Beginnings
EVENT DATE: Apr 09, 2011
Since moving back to the US, I've had many opportunities and privileges to do things I've never able to do before. Being introduced to competitive sports as well new and challenging academics was somewhat of a shock to me. One of the greatest gifts my new environment has given me is the ability run. One would think that running is something that almost all human beings are able to do, and though that’s true, very few enjoy it. As I sat in Oslo, Norway not thinking farther than the upcoming weekend, I blindly chose my classes and activities for the new school I was to attend more than 6 months later. And to be honest, I didn't even know what cross country was when I ticked it off on the sheet. However, I did know that I needed an athletic credit and that was the easiest sounding thing on the list. I was terribly wrong. Cross country (and running in general) has presented me with some the biggest challenges I've ever faced, and also some of the most fun I've ever had. It didn't take long for running to become a cherished hobby and true passion of mine.
I've now enjoyed these new opportunities for over a year and a half. Unfortunately, it has taken that long for me to realize I've still been missing one the greatest of these newly opened doors. I've never had as many opportunities to give back as I have here at The Potomac School, though unfortunately I have yet to truly take advantage of them until now. Now, part school project and part realization has led me to commit to this race and possibly one more later this spring. For those of you who are wondering why I'm running a 'half'-marathon (yes I know it sounds pretty lame), legal issues have prevented me from competing in full Marathons, though I doubt I'd be able to complete one anyway. Nevertheless, this commitment isn’t only the few hours it will take to actually run the race. Getting from start to finish in what I hope to be is a credible time requires plenty of training and preparation. So while I'm not spending my Saturday’s racing, I'll be spending my after-school time getting ready. I first came up with this idea months ago, but now that spring has arrived and I'm wrapping up my training its time to start fundraising. Any amount is truly appreciated, and please don't hesitate to spread the word. Though before you hand your money over, you should probably know where it’s going.
Bright Beginning is a wonderful organization based in Washington DC that focuses on the raising and development of under-privileged children living in un-stable environments. Children who are enrolled are usually homeless with parents who struggle to raise multiple children whilst have no source of income. Unfortunately, such a situation is often created and sustained by some form of substance abuse and therefore requires even more care for the children. Bright Beginnings not only ensures that their children are receiving proper food and education, but also works with the parents on creating a suitable environment for children to grow-up in. Being given the advantages I have, I think it’s only right to try to give others some of their own. Though it took the tragic passing of a member of my school community to bring this charity to my attention, I feel I already have some deeper connection to its cause. I hope you feel the same way and decide to make a difference in someone’s life. Thank you so much for reading.