Hello everyone and thanks for visiting this fundraising page. As you know, I've decided to run the NYC marathon in November for several key reasons...1) my sister invited me to join her and I can't really say no to her, 2) I've wanted to try a marathon for a long time and figured there's no time like the present and 3) the best reason of all- IT'S FOR CHARITY!!!
I'll be running the marathon as part of an effort to raise funds for the Playworks Organization whose fundamental mission is to help young people thrive by engaging in safe and healthy play (see more about the program here). As an educator, my views strongly align with this mission as I believe that in order for kids to succeed- in the classroom, on the playground, at home, and in their social lives - they need to feel a sense of security and safety in an environment that encourages activity and a healthy lifestyle. In short- in order to grow and learn- it's essential that kids get outside and play!
I was fortunate to attend well-resourced private schools, surrounded by friends and family members who were all very active. We never had to worry about having the proper equipment or space, and better yet- I always had access to the best coaches and mentors along the way. This, in turn, has led to a lifetime of activity where I've been drawn to both team and individual sports. My best friendships, competitive memories, and relationships have somehow come through a sport connection and for that, I've been blessed. I recognize that not everyone is as fortunate as I have been, which is why I'm happy to contribute however I can to this great cause.
Thus, I'll be doing my best to raise funds for this program so more kids will have the opportunity to get outside and play. Thanks for helping out!
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