September 24, 2016
BENEFITING: ART OF PROBLEM SOLVING FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Sep 25, 2016
Quick summary: As I prepare for my first marathon, I'm raising money for BEAM, the Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics, a program for talented but under-served students in inner-city schools. And because I want to "pay it forward", I will match all donations up to my goal.
(The charity that runs BEAM is the Art of Problem Solving Foundation. That's why it says that on this page.)
There are kids everywhere with mathematical talent. Many of them don't know they have it. And many of them are overlooked, stuck in under-served schools where they can't make use of their talent, where math is simple rote learning and nobody asks them to really think. If we can find these kids and show them what they're capable of, the next generation of scholars and innovators will be both more numerous and more diverse. BEAM finds these students in 6th grade, shows them what advanced math is about in a summer program, and guides them all the way to college. BEAM's site has more to say.
On September 25, I'm running in the Adirondack Marathon. I'm excited. But running, on its own, is a solitary pursuit that really benefits only the runner. I think that's why so many running events are linked to charity fundraisers. It's not just about being able to say "hey I ran a marathon": you get the motivation of being part of something bigger.
When I was in high school and got to go to USA/Canada Mathcamp, that made a huge difference in my outlook on life. It showed me new ideas, and more importantly, it showed me that there were other people like me. That kind of opportunity shouldn't just belong to people in the right circumstances. That's why I'm paying it forward, amplifying my contribution and yours, by matching donations in this fundraiser.
If you think the kind of opportunity I had should be available to poorer kids as well, kids for whom it'll make even more of a difference, please consider contributing to my fundraiser. Any amount will do, but think about this: if you donate a dollar per mile (that's $26.20), and I match it, that's over $50 that's supporting the next generation of nerds. (See, I told you I could do math.)