BENEFITING: Urban Initiatives
ORGANIZER: Urban Initiatives
The frozen tundra has finally defrosted and that means it's marathon training season!
Yes! I am at it again! On October 12, 2014, I will be participating in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to raise money for Urban Initiatives. Although it will be a challenge for me to complete this race, I will be especially motivated by the excitement of knowing that it will benefit such a worthy cause.
I am asking YOU, my friends and family to consider sponsoring me for this event. I have two ambitious goals – first to complete the race without sustaining any bodily harm or injuries (!) and second to meet my personal goal to raise $2,000 for Urban Initiatives. I would greatly appreciate your kind consideration by making a donation toward this goal. All donations are, of course, tax deductible.
As many of you know, this is a personal cause for me. I am proud to say that I work for Urban Intiatives and it is an amazing organization in Chicago! Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs health, education, and character development programming for kids in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). By actively engaging participants in our extracurricular activities at a young age, Urban Initiatives provides the youth resources to live a healthy lifestyle, value education, and enhance their personal and social development.
With the money fundraised, it will fund the Work to Play (WTP) program at Nathanael Greene Elementary School in the McKinley Park neighborhood! The students at Greene are amazing!
So what is WTP?
The Work to Play program is Urban Initiatives' health and education soccer program. This program uses a child’s natural love of sports to provide holistic youth development opportunities. The program has four focus areas: physical fitness, health education, academic performance, and character development. In order to participate in the program, students agree to strive for excellence in the classroom as well as on the soccer field. Furthermore, Urban Initiatives' program is based on having fun and pursuing success, so we invite students at the school sites we serve to join our free program regardless of skill level.
Each practice session includes:
At least one hour of active soccer drills and games
A health or character discussion
Healthy snacks for each player (A yummy apple and granola bar)
Overall, the Work to Play program is comprised of three, eight-week seasons during each school year. Coaches, teachers, and school administration work together with each student to maximize their growth through the program's incentives
If you have any questions, please call me, text, or email me. I will be happy to answer them and hope to see you at the finish line!