George Miller wrote -
Friends! I'm striving to do a full triathlon THIS SUNDAY. It'll be a stretch, so I've also set this stretch fundraising goal supporting StreetSquash in coaching and tutoring inner-city kids. Last but not least, I'm committed to matching anything up to the $3000 goal. Further details below...
I'm signed up to complete my first sprint-triathlon (1/2 a full triathlon) in Key Biscayne, FL THIS SUNDAY. Good news: my training has been going well, and I've already completed more than my required distances (including a frigid Maine swim). By my read, a full triathlon is not quite out of reach... but when I couldn't lift my left arm shoulder-height in March even the sprint felt almost out of reach (ski accident 1/29/15-details available on request).
As some of you know, I'm moving to the big city (NYC) in September to live with the sweet Olivia Jane Millman. Once I'm there, I plan to help out with StreetSquash (http://streetsquash.org/harlem/), coaching and tutoring kids in Harlem and the NYC-area (details below). I'd like to teach them to strive for goals they feel may be out of reach. Incredible stories, many from alumni, shine a light for them. I would love to show the StreetSquash team that their success receives support from all over the World, and that those supporters are striving for big goals. So if you like that idea, please get involved. My initial instinct for a goal was $1000, but that seems within reach, so I'm shooting for $3000, and we'll either get there or get somewhere and do good trying (maybe learn something too).
My part, I'm going for it:
- Diet has started - no alcohol, no dairy, limited grains, limited unprocessed sugar, appropriate quality proteins, collagen galore, and water, water on water on water.
- Training - Yin yoga tonight, Swimming Wednesday night, Ride/Run Thursday morning, leisurely ocean swim Saturday, race Sunday.
- A matching donation - I checked my account, and I will make it work. Whatever is donated up to $3000, I'll match.
Your part - Get involved. Contribute if you can and send me selfies doing your fitness of choice.
That's all folks + tons of LOVE. Thanks for reading this far. That support in itself helps.
HISTORY: StreetSquash was founded in September 1999 as the second urban squash program in the United States. A comprehensive youth enrichment program, StreetSquash combines academic tutoring, squash instruction, community service, college preparation, leadership development, and mentoring for young people ages 11-24. What began as an after-school program with 24 middle school students and 2 staff members has expanded to serve nearly 300 participants from 6th grade through college graduation and entry into the workforce. For the first nine years, StreetSquash ran programs all over New York City: study sessions and squash practices at Columbia University, the Harvard Club, and the Westside YMCA; college prep and literacy enrichment at Thurgood Marshall Academy; squash matches and cultural exposure all throughout the five boroughs. Then, in November 2008, StreetSquash opened a permanent home at the SL Green StreetSquash Center with 8 ASB squash courts, 4 classrooms, a library, and the organization’s administrative offices. This new facility allowed for the creation of the PE in Public Schools Program as well as a new relationship with Columbia University, as the home courts for the Men’s and Women’s Varsity Squash teams. Why squash? Founder George Polsky always says it could have been anything but squash is the sport he plays. Squash is the hook to entice students to join the program but the real work is in the classroom preparing students to succeed in college and as young adults who give back to their communities.
MISSION: StreetSquash’s mission is to provide consistent, long-term and reliable support to the children, families and schools in Harlem. By exposing these children to a broad range of experiences and by maintaining the highest standards, StreetSquash aims to help each child realize his or her academic and personal potential. Our goals are: to improve academic performance to develop an ethic of hard work and commitment to boost self-confidence to increase school attendance to ensure young people earn a college degree to support ongoing personal and professional development