I am joining some great friends in running the 2017 NYC Marathon and I need your help! I am honored to be a member of the team fundraising for GRASSROOT SOCCER so this organization can continue to serve it’s incredible mission.
Last summer I learned about Grassroot Soccer (GRS) through a chance meeting with Ethan Zohn (winner of Survivor Africa) during breakfast at a B&B in Portland. He was there for a GRS event and I was there for a relay running race. Naturally we were asking each other what brought us to Portland and we quickly found out that we had common interests. I was very interested in hearing more about Grassroot Soccer after Ethan told us a quick overview of why it was founded and the purpose of the organization. Immediately I started finding similarities in my life and GRS. I work in pediatrics and have an interest in health issues in children. I’m a women and have had to deal with, and continue to deal with, gender inequality. In addition, I recently came out as gay and have had to (and continue to have to) deal with discrimination. Lastly, my Mom was also gay and in addition to dealing with more discrimination than I can imagine, we watched many of her friend’s die of AIDS. Therefore, although I don't live in Africa, I have a common thread with the goals of Grassroot Soccer and want to help these children who don’t have the opportunities and resources that most of us have. When Ethan invited me to run on his team for this organization I was thrilled to jump at the chance to be part of something so big and impactful.
Please consider donating to my fundraising effort. I sincerely appreciate your commitment to support this organization which is truly making a huge difference for an entire generation.
THE STORY: Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a global adolescent health organization that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to lead healthier lives and be agents of change in their communities. Unlike childhood mortality which has improved 80% in the past 50 years, adolescent mortality hasn’t budged around the world. GRS focuses their energy and education on topics such as unequal gender norms, sexual & reproductive health & rights, youth development including avoiding alcohol & drugs, keeping girls in school, engaging in physical fitness, mental health, employability, & financial learning, and HIV and malaria prevention in adolescents in Africa. Since 2002, GRS has reached over 1.9 million young people with critical health information & life skills programs.
It only costs $25 to support one young person through GRS's core program and provide them with access to an HIV test. Together, you can help us reach an additional 6,000 adolescents in 2017!