BENEFITING: AMERICA SCORES NY
EVENT DATE: Nov 20, 2016
Note: ALL donations go to the kids (none to me!).
I will be running my 22nd and 23rd marathons. These will take place in Indiannopils - IN (Nov 5) and Tulsa, OK (Nov 20).
As you may know, I'm on a quest to finish all 50 US state marathons before the end of my 50th year. 21 down, 39 to go - oh boy! The 50th will be in Hawaii...and I might just stay there! :)
I don't like to ask for money - but I was recently elected as board chair of a fantastic non-profit called America Scores New York - which helps young inner-city kids gain a voice through poetry and also build confidence and teamwork through soccer. The potential of America Scores is massive and while drinking a cup of tea, I thought why don't I put to use these 50 marathons to help people! I remember meeting Run Geordie Run in Times Square on the last 15 mile stretch of his 1,000 mile run from Santa Monica to Coney Island, and the inspiration that filled me was very very powerful. He was raising money for a great charity to help the elderly and he's just finished running across Europe this year also.
That said, any amount of money would be greatly appreciated. It will go to a great cause - and help put a smile on a kid who needs that smile!
More info on America Scores below.
Thanks so much for your support! Dean
Soccer and poetry is not a typical pair, but for America SCORES New York poet-athletes, the combination allows for creativity, self-expression and leadership opportunities on the field, in the classroom and the community.
We impact 270 students at 8 public schools in Harlem and Washington Heights through free, year-round after-school programming, consisting of:
Soccer – School soccer teams create a sense of belonging and an opportunity to be physically active 4-5 hours per week.
Literacy – At weekly writing workshops, our poet-athletes develop literacy skills, practice self-expression and produce original works of poetry.
Community – Regular soccer games, poetry slams and service projects celebrate student achievement and build community.
The result: SCORES students are stronger, smarter and happier.
We have a waitlist of public schools that desperately need innovative after-school enrichment – help us reach more students!
Your donation has immediate impact:
$52 = full soccer kits for 2 poet-athletes
$100 = supplies for a team's community service project
$250 = soccer and writing supplies for 8 students
$1,000 = a year of SCORES for 1 student
$15,000 goal = all equipment and coach stipends at 1 school for a year