This is the place where you can make a difference.
..And help me as I run 52.4 miles (two marathons), in one epic morning for a cause I care deeply about.
Let's raise a healthier next generation. I hate seeing kids plagued by diabetes and obesity. It is unfair because it is so preventable. Getting young girls active means healthier women, healthier babies and healthier, happier households....a better future where the next generation actually lives longer lives.
And let's not forget that 75% of 12th-grade girls are unhappy w/ their bodies, and 1 in 3 adolescent girls will experience depression, anxiety or eating disorders. Involvement in sports can change that by improving self-image, confidence and teaching important life skills.
Not to mention, girls involved in sports have a 20% lower chance of developing breast cancer, among other diseases, as adults.
Despite the seeming multitude of opportunities, girls still recive far less support and encouragement.
This statistic illustrates how little we seem to care: did you know that women’s sports is only 8 percent of all print and television sports media coverage (just exceeding horses, dogs and fishing)?
Here is the deal: On July 29th, I am running two loops of the 2012 San Francisco Marathon - 52.4 miles.
I'm running to encourage girls to be active, love & play sports and grow up to have equal opportunities in pursuing their athletic passions.
And because 2 marathons are better than one.
This will be the longest distance I've ever run in a single attempt....but it's completely worth it with your support!
Here is what you can do to help:
Sponsor my run by clicking DONATE to make a difference.
Your impact matters! $25 is enough to get a young sedentary girl active.
The Women's Sports Foundation (WSF) focuses its efforts on getting girls and young women active, involved in sports and keeping them there. This last bit is important since girls drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys. The WSF has had amazing success with their campaigns and need your help to keep it going.
The WSF, founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King in 1974, is a national non-profit dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. The WSF fulfills its mission through Travel and Training Grants to aspiring athletes, advocacy, public policy and research efforts. Their signature GoGirlGo! program is designed to get girls active, and to improve their health and wellbeing today and for the rest of their lives.
Watch the short video (on the left) or visit their site for more information: www.womenssportsfoundation.org/home/about-us