I'm beyond excited to be part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester's 2020 Boston Marathon Running Team! Not only am I lucky enough to lace up for what many people refer to as the most iconic marathon in the country, but I get to raise money for an organization that is near and dear to my heart.
Personally, my relationship with a Boys & Girls Club started when I was a small child. If you are on this page, you may already know that basketball was a significant part of my life starting at a young age and continued through college. The sport of basketball has shaped who I am today through invaluable lessons about work ethic, the importance of teamwork (teamwork makes the dream work!), and that no dream is unachievable. I owe this all to a Boys & Girls Club in the Connecticut city that I grew up, where I spent countless hours. At the time, I simply thought I was working on perfecting my game, but in reality the Boys & Girls Club was giving me so much more, the opportunity to recognize my full potential.
My relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester (the Club) started in 2012, when I served as one of their auditors. Yup, believe it or not, they picked one of their auditors to give this once in and lifetime opportunity! Being intimately involved with the Club over the years has allowed me to witness firsthand, the great work and significant impact their work has on Boston’s inner-city youth. Three words immediately come to mind when I think about my memories at the Club; genuine, committed, and compassionate. Each and every staff member genuinely cares about every young person that walks through the Club’s doors, they are committed to ensure those same children reach their full potential, and are compassionate about each’s person’s journey to get there.
As I train to run those 26.2 miles on April 20, 2020, I will continuously remember back to one of the many lessons I learned from the Boys & Girls Club; no dream is unattainable. I hope you will join me in making sure each and every child, regardless of their background, is provided the life lessons necessary to believe they too can dream big and that anything is possible.
I want to thank you in advance and express my sincere gratitude in supporting our team and helping me reach my goal of raising $10,000! We wouldn’t be able to do this without you!
To keep me honest/accountable, I will be posting my training progress leading up to the big day! Checking in and providing words of inspiration is welcomed and very much appreciated! https://www.facebook.com/amanda.christine.5458
Also, to learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, you can follow this link to their website! https://www.bgcdorchester.org/
Be our heroes and support our 2020 Marathon Team!
Last year, we raised over $150,000 and we hope to exceed that goal this year!
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is an award-winning youth development agency that has provided outstanding services to Boston’s inner city youth for more than 45 years. Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community.
We provide a safe haven to over 4,000 youth of all abilities annually. Our programming supports youth from infancy to high school graduation to ensure they enter kindergarten school-ready, progress from grade to grade on time, and graduate high school ready to enroll in a post-secondary program. We operate three sites and offer over 200 out-of-school programs year-round in the areas of education, college and career prep, art, music, film, character and leadership development, health and life skills, athletics, aquatics, and social recreation. While the yearly cost of our services is $1,900 per child, members pay just $5 in annual membership dues, with scholarships available to those in need.
Here are some highlights of our programming:
Through our Healthy Meals Program, we serve free, nutritious meals to more than 1,000 children annually. Our kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner five days per week year-round.
During July and August, our Safe Summer Streets Program brings over 300 at-risk teens into a safe, positive environment which offers job opportunities, drop-in activities, field trips, and free time with friends. We extend our operating hours until 11:00PM five nights per week and give participants a ride home at the end of the night.
Project B.I.N.D (Boston Inclusion Network for Disabilities) is an agency-wide initiative to foster the inclusion of children of all abilities in Club programs.
As part of our focus on strengthening families, empowering women and disrupting the cycle of poverty, last year BGCD established the LIFT (Lifting Individuals and Families Together) Program which assists families in reaching financial goals through meaningful coaching.