BENEFITING: YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
ORGANIZER: YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
EVENT DATE: Oct 18, 2015
Athletics have not only taught me the value of practice, perseverance, cooperation and teamwork, but they have also been some of the easiest ways for me to make new friends and build communities as I have moved from place to place these last fifteen years.
I, and many of my friends and family, have had the good fortune to have opportunities to learn these skills in safe and supportive environments when we were growing up. However, some are not so fortunate.
This year, I am running the Detroit Marathon in support of an organization that gives these opportunities to young women: Girls on the Run of Greater Detroit.
Girls on the Run not only teaches patience, practice, self-worth, and team building skills in a supportive environment, but it also provides running shoes and apparel for those who wouldn't otherwise have access to this, relatively inexpensive, sport. (More details on the program below)
My goal is to raise enough money to sponser two young women in the Girls on the Run program, ($240), as a thank you to all the coaches and parents who supported me, my brother, my teammates, and my friends in our development as athletes and conscientious adults.
26 years ago I told my parents I wanted to play softball. Now I'm running 26 miles so other 8-year-old girls can make similar requests, and get equally enthusiastic positive parental responses, regardless of parental income.
Details on Girls on the Run:
YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit wrote -
We believe that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, can change the world.
Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls age eight to thirteen years old offered at local schools and YMCAs across metro Detroit. The program combines training for a 5k, 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the program are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development.
The total cost for the 10 week program is $120 per girl. But not every girl's family can afford that, and many schools we'd like to run the program in can't even offer it at that cost. With your help, the Y will be able to scholarship 200 girls this fall and next spring, and we won't have to turn any girls away for their inability to pay. Will you help us empower 200 young ladies in Metro Detroit?
If you would like your donation designated to a particular city/school/YMCA, please note that in the comments section.