BENEFITING: The Grassroot Project
EVENT DATE: Oct 25, 2015
The mission of The Grassroot Project (TGP) 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.
The program raises awareness about HIV and its impact on the lives of all Americans, and fights stigma by showing that persons with HIV are real people—mothers, fathers, friends, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, partners, and co-workers.
More than a million people are living with HIV in the U.S., and this project reminds us that HIV does not discriminate across race or gender. We must re-double our efforts to assure that young people know about HIV and how to prevent its spread. We can stop HIV together by getting the facts, getting involved, and raising awareness.
Please consider donating to this amazing cause! For each person that donates, I will write the name of someone of your choosing on my jersey and run that marathon in their honor.