Roxie the Aussie and I are once again this year supporting Team Grassroots in the Marine Corps Marathon!
The Grassroot Project was originally founded in 2009 by Tyler Spencer and 39 other Georgetown University student-athletes. After learning that 1 in 20 DC residents was living with HIV—a statistic that rivaled some Sub-Saharan African countries—the founding athletes of The Grassroot Project wouldn’t be caught witnessing the epidemic from the sidelines…they wanted to fight back. Tyler had three years of experience working on HIV prevention with soccer players in South Africa. He knew that sports could be used as an effective tool to break the ice around HIV prevention, and he also believed that student athletes were a tremendous untapped resource for addressing DC’s public health crisis.
The Grassroots Project partners with more than 50 DC public and charter schools to provide 8-week health education programs and partner with local organizations and government health departments to provide health education and health screenings at community events.
They use non-traditional health educators (NCAA student-athlete role models) to build trusting relationships where teens are able to learn the basics and openly discuss sensitive issues related to their health.
You can learn more about The Grassroots Project HERE.