BENEFITING: FRANCIS OUIMET SCHOLARSHIP FUND INC
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
Thank you so much for visiting my fundraising page and joining me in raising money for a truly amazing organization; one that, since 1949, has provided more than $25 million in college tuition assistance to over 5,000 individual students who have served the game of golf: The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund.
Five Years ago I had the opportunity to fulfill a dream and attend a world-class university because of the incredible sacrifices of my family and the tremendous outpouring of financial support from The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund. After graduating from Georgetown University last May I pledged to myself that I would do whatever I could to give back to this remarkable organization and to the new beneficiaries of their great work. Running the Boston Marathon and fundraising $6,000 for the Fund is where I begin.
Since I was a young boy I have had a tremendous passion for the game of golf, not only as a player but as a caddie and pro shop assistant. Golf was as much of a part of my life as academics, which made receiving a Ouimet Scholarship, for my service to the game and academic achievement, even more humbling. As space will not allow, I urge anyone who has not heard the story of Francis Ouimet (or has not seen the Disney Movie “The Greatest Game Ever Played”) to visit the Fund’s website, www.ouimet.org and learn more.
This is an especially important year for the Fund as they celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the 1913 US Open, the event won by young caddie Francis Ouimet that would change the game of golf forever. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0ZOoen5G4g&list=UURIG84GxtANBFz5XhDhslvQ).
Why the Boston Marathon? And why now?
Two years ago I had reached nearly 220lbs, well into the “obese” category on the body mass index for my height. I decided that like my passion for golf and academics, I needed to develop a passion for taking care of myself both physically and mentally. Since then, this passion did develop and has evolved into a constant urge to challenge myself. Since 2011 I have competed in and finished short and long distance triathlons, including a 70.3 mile “Half-Ironman” in June 2012, as well as a 10-mile road race and two half-marathons. I am proud to report that through this I have lost over 65lbs and more importantly establish a healthy regiment of eating well and exercising daily.
This past December I was thrilled to learn that the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund was searching for two alumni to run the prestigious Boston Marathon and help raise money for the organization. As a recent 3-year recipient of a number of Ouimet Scholarships I felt compelled to combine my new passion for long distance racing (and long term goal of finishing a marathon) with giving back to an organization that allowed me to reach one of my greatest accomplishments: graduating from college.
Running the Boston Marathon has been a dream of mine since I first watched it as a young boy. To run as a way to raise money for an organization that has helped me so much was an opportunity I could not pass. I feel tremendously lucky that the journey to the starting line in Hopkinton will be one that combines the many passions of my life: running, golf, academia and giving back to something much larger than myself.
On April 15th I will join thousands of other runners for a Monday morning run from Hopkinton to Boston, all 26.2 miles. Today, I am so grateful for you and for everyone who has come to this page and would like to partner with me in reaching my fundraising goal of $6,000. Your donation, no matter how large or small will directly benefit hundreds of current and future recipients of Ouimet Scholarships and allow them the opportunity to attend college.