BENEFITING: Martin Richard Foundation
ORGANIZER: Martin Richard Foundation
EVENT: Team MR8 Boston 2017
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Because for many of you this will be your fourth time visiting my marathon fundraising page, I want to start by saying thank you. I’m so thankful to have your support as I raise funds for the Martin Richard Foundation and take on the Boston Marathon.
Many of you have had to endure my stories of training, which, I have to say, you seemed to actually listen to (thanks! I try to skip stories about toe nail injuries, chafing, etc., but I can tell them if you want to hear them – let me know). You’ve come to the Banshee for fundraisers (we are doing another event on Friday, March 3rd at 6:00pm. I hope you can come!). You’ve made signs and cheered me and the rest of Team MR8 on along during the miles to Boylston Street. Boston’s and your response to a tragedy in our own community is an inspiration every day. That’s why I re-upped for another long run in April, 2017.
The impact your donations are making in Dorchester and well beyond is remarkable. I hope you take a few minutes to check out TeamMR8.org to see all of the work the foundation is doing. I continue to stay involved with the Martin Richard Challenger Sports program coaching kids with disabilities in baseball, soccer, and basketball. I’ve coach baseball for 6+ years with Savin Hill Little League, including coaching Martin in 2012, and as many of you know it really is my favorite thing to do. Now, through Challenger Sports, there isn’t a kid out there that can’t play baseball or any of these other sports and as a coach, there is nothing better.
Challenger Sports is in its fourth season and continues to grow and thrive as kids who never had a chance to play sports are getting off the sidelines and playing in an adaptive, inclusive environment. Other kids from the community (ages 11+) pair up with a player and the pair completes drills and play games together, with assistance, as needed. I see this program as an essential part of Martin’s legacy that empowers kids, buildings opportunity, and embodies his message, “No more hurting people. Peace.”
While it’s incredible that nothing like Challenger Sports existed before, this is a perfect example of how the Foundation has approached its work. The Martin Richard Foundation is constantly finding ways to support its mission of investing in athletics, education, and community by making connections, investing in existing programs that need a boost, and drawing attention to worthy causes that need exposure. The Foundation calls it “building bridges” and these bridges have been making an enormous impact from day one. I could go on for a lot longer about the many bridges I’ve seen built in three short years, but instead I’ll encourage you to check out the website. You can always ask me, too – I’d be thrilled to talk more about it.
I appreciate your support as I take on Boston 2017 and work to raise funds for the Martin Richard Foundation. I hope you can come by the Banshee on March 3rd. If you’ll be on the course on April 17th, let me know too. Thank you!