On April 20th I am proud to be running in the 2020 Boston Marathon for Dream Big!, a charity that provides girls from low-income situations with uniforms, athletic footwear, program fees, training expenses, sports opportunities and the supplies they need to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their overall health, education and overall well-being.
Unfortunately, poverty can severely limit a young girl’s involvement in sports. Dream Big! is working to breakdown the financial barrier that currently prevents thousands of girls from participating.
Growing up, being an athlete was a major part of my life. Soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, running...you name it.
I was fortunate enough to have parents who supported me and always provided me with the proper equipment and resources to attend all games and practices.
If you know me, you know that running is among my greatest passions. Like many people, it was not love at first sight (or step..i guess!). I started to run at a time in my life where I needed an escape - an escape from school, relationships, life. A type of escape where I could finally control the outcome, and one that rapidly morphed into the best part of my day. After a few double-digit runs, I decided to sign up for my first half-marathon in 2012. Fast forward to today, I have run over 20 races (Boston 2020 will be my 5th marathon!). Running gives me the undeniable sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, runners high (yes, it's a thing), and pure happiness. It's also helped me through the most painful and challenging times: body image, eating disorders, stress, and many sports induced injuries.
Running has truly shaped the person I am today. I have learned patience, strength, and resilience. I am a leader, a team player, social, empathetic and energetic.
No girl should ever be stripped of the opportunity to develop these types of skillsets. Access to athletic clothing and equipment is crucial and should be every adolescent's reality.
I am running for Dream Big! to give girls the opportunity to have a sport impact their life, as much as running has impacted mine. Everyone deserves the chance.
The money I raise will help to impact thousands of girls this year. Whether through an equipment grant for a new pair of sneakers or a new volleyball net so a high school can have their first-ever home game, or a program scholarship so a girl can take dance lessons or go to a summer sports camp, I'm going to know that when I cross the finish line I not only changed my life but I also impacted thousands of others.
For that, I am thankful and hope you will join me by making a donation today to Dream Big! in recognition of my run. I am appreciative of any support you can give to this remarkable cause. Please know that 100% of your contributions will go directly to Dream Big! No donation is too little, no gesture too small.