On November 29th two of my brothers, a sister-in-law and I will be running in the Seattle Marathon to raise funds for Grassroot Soccer (GRS). The GRS Seattle Marathon Team is focused on empowering 2,500 young Zimbabweans and every $25 we raise helps one more live a healthier life, access critical health services, combat gender-based violence, stop the spread of HIV in their communities, and gain self esteem through playing soccer.
Collectively, the four of us will run 56.4 miles -- two Seattle marathons -- or a half-marathon each :)
We have a family goal of raising $10,000 to support 400 young people. Help us hit our target with this bold and fresh approach that focuses on impact and results in combatting what remains one of the world's most tragic epidemics.
It's easy to give, just click on the "Donate" button. Donations can also be made offline by mailing a personal check payable to Grassroot Soccer, PO Box 712, Norwich, VT 05055 – and we’ll add your donation to my online page. Giving shares of stock to avoid capital gains taxes is the biggest win-win for all - GRS is set up to accept donations like this.
Cory and I visited a Grassroots Soccer training facility outside of Cape Town a few years ago and got to experience first hand the great work that this organization does.
Thank you for your donating!
More about GRS:
Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and empower young people to stop the spread of HIV. Founded by four professional soccer players, Grassroot Soccer is mobilizing the most vulnerable population of youth, ages 13-18, to break the cycle of AIDS by engaging local coaches who equip young people with the knowledge, skills and support they need to avoid HIV. GRS has a global reach, with flagship sites in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
To date over 1.2 million participants in 40 countries have taken part in GRS programming. GRS impacts approximately 100,000 youth per year.