ONE WEEK OUT OF THE MARATHON AND ONLY FOUR DAYS LEFT TO RAISE $5,000
April 24, 2017
BENEFITING: Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc.
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
I, Ameera Hammouda, am aiming to raise $5000 to help children in underprivileged Boston communities reach their full potential. These kids are our future and this is YOUR opportunity to support their academic, social and recreational development. No contribution is too small.
Thank you so much for helping Goodwill bring light to the youth and provide them with the resources to be their best. Additionally, thank you for supporting me in my marathon journey. If you are interested in reading more about what motivated me to pursue this challenge please continue below.
Three years ago if you’d asked me to run more than a mile I’d laugh in your face. Me and running didn’t mesh. Sure, I am very competitive, but I was also a tennis player and long-distance running wasn’t my thing. However, once I came to college I was no longer on a tennis team and I only played leisurely with my friends. To stay fit, I forced myself to try running around the city of Boston. I fell in love.
With Boston, not running.
However, my competitive nature made me crave something more. I decided I wanted to run the Boston Marathon. From there I was able to release my urge for competition by seeing how fast I could go on the treadmill or how far I could go on a run. I started sprinting 7mph and slowly worked my way up to 13mph. My daily average mileage soon became 15 miles. Even though I was able to stay competitive with my running, I got bored. I had explored every corner of the city: South End, North End, Seaport, Carson, and more and in every kind of weather. I kept on running but I found that I actually really missed being on a team.
Although I was offered the opportunity to play tennis in college I turned it down, because I didn’t think collegiate athletics were for me.
As much fun as I was having in college (and I guess I’m learning a lot too) I missed the unique family-like bond of an athletic team. So, I joined Boston University’s Division One Rowing team. Rowing has challenged my mental and physical toughness to an extreme degree. For this reason, I know I will be both physical and mentally prepared for whatever challenges I might face during the course.
Like I said, I am always up for a challenge. Although I have run a marathon before, there is nothing like the Boston Marathon. I want to make this city, my family, my friends, all my supporters, but most importantly Goodwill’s youth proud.
Thank you so much for your support. It truly means a lot to me. *Once I finish I will be able to commute via running to university because I live in Hopkinton and study in Boston :)
Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc. wrote -
Since its founding, Goodwill has been offering programming that responds to the academic, social, and recreational needs and interests of youth living in underserved communities and the Youth Initiative continues the longstanding commitment to young people in the most comprehensive way possible.
Goodwill’s Youth Initiative is a year-round program designed to raise the aspirations and enhance the skills of young people living in underserved Boston communities, with a special focus on Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. The Youth Initiative is offered without charge and common themes across all components of the program are active service learning, leadership and self-esteem development, collaboration with community organizations, youth engagement in program planning, and preparation for adult life. This innovative program applies Goodwill’s mission of helping individuals overcome barriers and achieve self-sufficiency to the youngest individuals in the community.
Our 2017 team is composed of selfless individuals committed to supporting the academic, personal and professional development of the more than 125 children from underserved communities in Boston who participate in our Youth Initiativeprogramming.
Each mile run and dollar raised goes to support this great program. Thank you for helping Goodwill continue its legacy of assisting youth with limited opportunities realize their full potential.