Hillary Anderson via Crowdrise
April 14, 2013
BENEFITING: METROLACROSSE INC
ORGANIZER: METROLACROSSE INC
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
On April 15, I am running in my 3rd consecutive Boston Marathon for MetroLacrosse. I cannot imagine a better organization to represent and support in this epic training adventure! The MetroLacrosse players and families -- from my first team of energetic 5th and 6th graders (the "Bolts") back in 2009 to the spunky 7th and 8th graders (the "Tsunami") in 2010 and 2011 – inspire me each and every day. I'm thankful to be a part of the MetroLacrosse community and I look forward to the upcoming spring season and events!
On a more personal note, MetroLacrosse has fueled my passion for and commitment to a career in public health and service. Volunteering with MetroLacrosse was a primary driver behind my decision to pursue both a Master of Public Health and medical school with the aim to serve as a primary care physician in a community health center.
METROLACROSSE INC wrote -
MetroLacrosse is thrilled to partner with John Hancock and our four runners for the 2013 Boston Marathon in support of the more than 700 urban youth and teens from Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, and Lawrence who participate daily in the programs that MetroLacrosse has to offer. Without your support, the youth that participate in our programs wouldn’t be as successful. Thank you for supporting Team MetroLacrosse!
MetroLacrosse is a non-profit organization whose mission is to address the social and economic disparities that exist in urban settings by inspiring personal, educational and athletic success among urban youth and teens.
Youth who play sports are 57% less likely to drop out of school, 49% less likely to take drugs and 37% less likely to become teen parents. 89% of MetroLacrosse alumni say that the lessons learned in MetroLacrosse were important factors as they made positive choices about other parts of their lives.
MetroLacrosse's original goal was to diminish the disparity between sports programs available to Boston's urban youth as compared to their suburban counterparts. MetroLacrosse recognized the opportunity to achieve a more profound impact on urban youth: to inspire, motivate, and support participants to achieve success both on and off the field.
Formally established in the spring of 2000, the origins of MetroLacrosse date back to 1997 when founder Zack Lehman developed a program for inner-city youth in a single neighborhood of Boston. Based on the explosive growth and demonstrated impact of this program, MetroLacrosse was established to provide similar opportunities to youth and teens throughout Boston’s urban neighborhoods. Today, through a unique integration of lacrosse, youth development and educational activities, MetroLacrosse provides more than 700 youth from urban communities with social, recreational and learning opportunities.