In just a few short months I will be voyaging across the country for a once in a lifetime experience...I will be running the 2017 NYC Marathon (my first marathon) to represent the amazing organization Grassroot Soccer! 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 and cofounder of GRS) over chicken and waffles at a B&B in Portland. He was there for a GRS event and I was there for a relay running race with friends. Naturally we were asking each other what brought each of us to Portland and as I heard more about how and why he cofounded GRS, I became very interested in opportunities to support GRS's efforts. As a pediatrician and lifelong advocate for children, a person dedicated to solving health care disparities both near and far, a person passionate about tearing down unequal gender and sexuality norms and an athlete who finds that exercise builds both a healthy body and a healthy mind, I am so honored to have the opportunity this fall to run for GRS!
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!