BENEFITING: The Grassroot Project
EVENT DATE: Oct 25, 2015
I don’t think it is news to anyone that I LOVE running the Marine Corps Marathon. I have participated in the race four times over the past nine years and have been a spectator countless times. I have even managed to beat Oprah’s finish time at almost every race (there was one race where things didn’t go quite as planned). It is a great race! Well organized, logistically easy, and what is not to like about running with thousands of Marines lining the race course. The best part though is that the race does not award any prize money to the top finishers. Instead the goal of the race is to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill, and showcase the organizational skills of the United States Marine Corps. They also involve a number of charities to participate in the race including The Grassroot Project.
The mission of The Grassroot Project is to use sports to educate at-risk youth in Washington D.C. about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. The Grassroot Project engages at-risk youth in Washington D.C. by partnering with athletes from Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, Maryland University and other DC area universities. The student athletes address the prevention of HIV/AIDS through an interactive curriculum of over 15 games and activities that encourage participatory learning of basic HIV prevention information, stigma, and discrimination. By using the vehicle of sport to influence social change, the programs allow kids to share their feelings and beliefs, increase knowledge, and develop healthy attitudes and behaviors.
So in 2015 I decided to not only run the Marine Corps Marathon for a 5th time and once again try to beat my 4:00 finish goal, but also support an amazing charity. Please help me in supporting The Grassroot Project and cheering me on to another fun race!