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April 17, 2016
Why Am I Doing This?!
I am running this marathon in memory of an incredible man and for the future of girls all across this country.
This past Marathon Monday, April 20, 2015, my loving father, Jerry Abarbanel, passed away suddenly. To honor his memory, on the one-year mark of his passing, I will run the race he said he'd one day see me run and ensure Dream Big! has at lease $7,200 more to give girls all over the country access to athletics.
My father supported me in athletics my whole life. From patting me on the back (and lightly mocking me) when I tried to pretend I wasn't crying at a playoff loss in little league soccer, to showing up in Wellesley garb at my college rowing races, to flying to Detroit and donning a banana suit for my first marathon. He never stopped telling me he was proud, sending me articles on women in athletics, inviting my team over for dinner, and generally exuding pride at raising a daughter who could throw a ball better than her brother (David may deny this, but I swear Dad claimed it)!
For the Future...
I am a product of girls’ athletics. Being on a team and learning inumerable life-long lessons through every practice I attended, every game lost, and every competition won has shaped my life and the way I see the world. From pickup games to practices for basketball, soccer, tennis, rowing, volleyball, softball and others, I learned to work as part of a team on a mission, to play hard even when we were down, to hold a growth mindset for myself, to live a healthy life, and to set goals and build plans to achieve them. Athletics are a huge opportunity to open up a young girls’ eyes to her potential, and I want to make that happen for many more girls through Dream Big!
I've also seen this in action. For two years, I taught at a high school in Detroit that served students almost entirely from low-income areas. While there, I had the privilege of coaching tennis. For the girls, this was a tremendous experience in improving their fitness, growing as part of a team, tracking their goals, and being part of an athletic experience and effort that was bigger than themselves. Their self-esteem, healthy habits, and personal and academic achievement went through the roof, and I'm looking to YOU to help bring these opportunities to girls everywhere by donating to Dream Big!
"How Much Should I Give?"
Here are some suggestions:
$26.20 for every mile I'll run to honor my father's memory
$35 will purchase a regulation soccer ball or basketball
$50 will purchase a pair a new pair of sneakers or cleats
$100 pays for an 8 week dance or fitness class for 1 girl
$200 pays for a new bike and helmet
$500 pays for a week long summer sports camp
$1000 pays for new uniforms, equipment and training for an entire sports team
$2500 pays for physical education equipment for one full year for hundreds of children in an elementary or middle school
$10,000 pays for a new community based sports program for 100 female athletes.