Less than $1000 to go!
November 03, 2016
BENEFITING: GRASSROOT SOCCER
ORGANIZER: GRASSROOT SOCCER
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
Dear Friends, Family, Fans of GRS,
On November 6th, I will be running the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon on Team Grassroot Soccer (GRS). Grassroot Soccer is an adolescent health organization that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize at-risk youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier lives and be agents for change in their communities.
As a Team GRS charity runner, I have two ambitious goals ― first to complete the 26.2 mile run, and second to meet my personal goal of raising $3,000 for Grassroot Soccer. Although this will be challenging, I feel especially motivated by my personal commitment to this cause.
In August 2014, I embarked on a journey to Cape Town, South Africa to work as an intern for Grassroot Soccer. I quickly learned this incredible organization not only connects young people with the mentors, information and health services they need to thrive, but also empowers adolescents to make educated choices about pressing health challenges such as HIV & AIDS, sexual health, gender-based violence, and malaria.
During my 18 months with GRS, I had the opportunity to work closely with individuals across all levels of the organization. Every day, I found myself deeply inspired by the extraordinary people – from Coaches and participants, to program coordinators and directors, and everyone in between - who work tirelessly and passionately to tackle the HIV epidemic in a meaningful, effective way. It was truly humbling to witness firsthand the tangible impact GRS has on individuals and communities on a global level. Since it’s initial founding in 2002, Grassroot Soccer has graduated over 1 million youth from their soccer-based programs in almost 50 countries and across many cultural settings.
My goal is to send 60 more young people through GRS programs. I’m asking YOU for YOUR help in achieving this endeavor. The $3,000 I hope to raise will support the delivery of GRS’ soccer-themed life skills programs to 60 at-risk adolescents. Every $50 you contribute will send a young person through GRS health education programs.
Together, we have the power to empower young people to make informed choices and avoid preventable diseases. I would greatly appreciate your kind consideration by making a donation toward this goal.
Thank you for your support!
Much love and appreciation,