The first marathon I ever watched was the Boston Marathon. I moved to Boston after college and wasn't aware of how big of an event it was in the city until I realized it was an official holiday. The whole city turned up to watch the runners turn left onto Boylston to the finish. The crowd cheered for all the runners, from the elite Olympians to the less than elites who collectively fundraised hundreds of thousands of dollars. Even though I had recently started to run and was proud of myself for stringing three continuous miles together, I saw how joyous everyone was and thought to myself "I want to do that."
Fast forward several years, and I've realized exactly how hard marathons are. The desire to run through the streets of my city hasn't diminished though. Therefore I'm very very excited to announce that I'm running on Team Camp Shriver and fundraising for them this year!
What exactly is Camp Shriver? Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and a precursor to Special Olympics, Camp Shriver is a summer camp for children with and without disabilities. Since 2006, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed children, 50% with and 50% without intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8-12, from low income families in the Boston area to a free inclusive summer recreational camp.
All the funds raised by me and the other members of Team Camp Shriver will directly support over 150 children at camp this summer or in the school year program, allowing them to attend without cost. Please help me reach my goal of raising $10,000 to benefit the campers of Camp Shriver!
Your donation of:
- $250 provides breakfast and lunch to a team of Camp Shriver campers.
- $100 provides transportation for ten campers that would not be able to attend without it
- $75 is an hour of inclusive sport instruction from coaches with adaptive physical education degrees.
- $50 stocks the art room with scrapbook supplies.
- $40 is an hour of training from an adaptive behavior specialist for Camp Shriver staff.
- $35 purchases a swim board, goggles and a life vest for a child who is learning to swim at Camp Shriver.
- $25 covers the registration fee for a parent who has requested it be waived.
I deeply appreciate any donation you are able to contribute and if you are interested in more information about Camp Shriver you can follow this link:
Camp Shriver’s mission is to bring children with and without disabilities together to provide opportunities for social and motor development, while promoting positive peer relationships among campers.