Zamian Charles is a young Black man who grew up in heart of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, which wasn't always easy. He grew up poor without a father in the home and at age 16, lost his mother. Despite the adversity he faced, he says that he is a product of his environment: he's the man he is today because of the trials and tribulations.
In 2014, Zamian found himself tipping the scale at over 350 lbs. A former Division I athlete, he told himself that he would never look like this again. That's when he began to implement regular fitness and wellness into his life. What began as a weight loss effort grew into a lifestyle change. This is how TOP FIT NYC was born, Zamian's fitness and training business, which he operates in his neighborhood, Bed-Stuy. Feeling better about himself, he also began to see the importance of health awareness among youth, especially those living in neighborhoods like his. He soon began to use this as a platform on which to mentor children in his community.
East Side House is a non-profit with a focus on education and youth development. Set in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, the youth face similar challenges to those living in Zamian's Bed-Stuy community. Passionate about life coaching and mentorship, Zamian wants to make a difference by showing youth that there are better ways to invest their time than hanging on the street or engaging in violence. With your donations, Zamian will be able to support two of his passions, fitness and youth mentorship.
Zamian has been running for the past two years, though this will be his first ever Marathon. Running for East Side House will assist him in getting his message out to the youth. It's important for him to show them that anything is possible if they put their minds to it.
Together we can achieve greatness. Your support is greatly appreciated.
"We are not choosers of the circumstances we are born into but we sure are molders of what we can accomplish in life past those circumstances"— Zamian Charles
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