As most of you know, soccer has been big part of my life since I can remember. It has given me many great memories – both in the stands at San Siro (aka "il Tempio") and on the field with many of you. Now, I am looking to make some new memories while I achieve one of the goals I have always dreamed of: running the New York City Marathon.
Running for Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is helping me achieve that goal, while helping a cause that is dear to my heart. At Fairfield, I coached inner-city youth soccer camps, and saw first-hand the immediate effect it had on kids’ lives. They gained self-esteem, learned about team work and found out the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. GRS does exactly that in the most under-served communities in the world: they use the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV. While HIV is not something most of us have to deal with, GRS works in communities in which over 60% of the population is living with HIV. By leveraging the power of the most popular sport in their local cultures, they can reach kids at a young age and show them how to stay safe and healthy.
GRS’ NYC Marathon Teams have raise over $1/2 million to provide HIV and AIDS education, testing a treatment to thousands of young people. Now GRS is moving forward with the official goal of reaching 1 million youth educated and empowered by World Cup 2014.
So PLEASE DONATE and help me and GRS fulfill this mission!
Every mile I run is a contribution to getting one step closer to an HIV-free generation.
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