BENEFITING: DREAMFAR HIGH SCHOOL MARATHON
ORGANIZER: DREAMFAR HIGH SCHOOL MARATHON
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
Hi friends, family, colleagues, everyone! :)
I'm Donna, and I feel so honored to be able to work with and help represent Dreamfar in their goal of encouraging high school students to set a COMPLETELY INSANE goal (run a marathon!), and then giving them all the tools to work at it and accomplish it.
Setting a goal and working insanely hard to achieve isn't a life skill that starts or ends in high school. Developing and utilizing that drive and perseverance is a lifelong challenge, and I am psyched to work hard along these students and mentors to hone these skills myself.
I genuinely believe in the Dreamfar mission (see below) and from personal experience, I know how great it feels to accomplish something when someone who doesn't have to believe in you does, and supports you the whole time.
What I am most excited about though, is being able to give back, especially to a program that if it were in place in my high school, I would have been a part of in some capacity. High school is rough, but feeling disconnected and tuned out makes it even rougher. I am psyched that what Dreamfar does enables these students to develop self-esteem and self-confidence and chips away at any feeling of self-doubt.
This marathon will be my first, but I feel completely ready for the challenge, especially in Boston. I have loved this city for as long as I can remember, and I always thought it was a pipe dream that I’d be able to participate in one its’ oldest and most revered traditions. My head is up, my heart is open, and I am ready to push myself in a way I haven’t before. Dreamfar provides an amazing support system, and the fellow athenistas on my team, although before this, I had only ever seen their faces around the athena campus, feel like great friends already. I’m excited to watch them achieve their goals, too.
I appreciate any amount that you can contribute to my goal, and I hope to see some of you along the route wearing as much orange as possible on April 20, 2015!
Thank you for all of your support and kind words in advance!
THE MISSION OF DREAMFAR HIGH SCHOOL MARATHON IS TO CHALLENGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL – PHYSICALLY, SOCIALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND ACADEMICALLY – THROUGH A MENTOR-SUPPORTED MARATHON-TRAINING PROGRAM.
Dreamfar accomplishes its mission by addressing several of the issues that often get in the way of a student's success and enjoyment in high school.
Dreamfar seeks to help each student – develop a sense of self-worth and self-respect – facilitate connections; in school with other students, teachers and adult mentors from the community – instill the value of hard work to use when tackling life's challenges in high school and beyond – and experience the value of a physically active lifestyle.