Thank you so much for visiting my fundraising page for the 2016 Boston Marathon! This is my first time running the Boston Marathon and I am very excited. I'm honored to have been selected as one of the 18 team members to run for Dream Big!. This organization is committed to empowering girls in need. Dream Big! is dedicated to helping girls in low-income and homeless situations through breaking down the economic barriers that stand in the way of allowing them to participate in sports.
"The evidence supporting sports participation for young people is overwhelming...It has the power to combat everything from racism to low self-image, to the high-school drop-out rate" - Sue Castle, Executive Producer of PBS Sports: get in the Game.
Growing up in a small town, (Pembroke, MA), I played every sport you could imagine, and I strongly believe that my participation in these sports was vital to my personal growth and general well-being. The ability of kids and young adults to be able to participate in sports has a long-lasting impact that will follow them throughout their lives, both personally and relationally. In addition, it contributes to their physical health and well being and provides an (often much-needed) outlet for stress and anxiety.
Unfortunately, the positive influences and benefits that sports participation can have on young girls is often limited by poverty. Girls are stepping on the fields, courts, and tracks without the proper foot wear and equipment, and families are struggling to pay program fees.
I personally started playing sports at a very young age and went on to play college soccer at Emmanuel College in Boston (a dream of mine). I can say with confidence that my participation in sports contributed to my physical and mental health, my education, and my overall well-being. I was a better student and I was always surrounded by friends (my teammates). The camaraderie and bonds that are made with other girls while playing on team sports can be extremely helpful and supportive especially when it is lacking elsewhere.
I want this for every young girl who has the same dreams I did as a child. As a member of this team, I am committed to empowering these girls. Please strongly consider donating to this wonderful organization to ensure continued impact on young girls though the Dream Big! organization. Let's all help these girls achieve their dreams!!