I am proud to support Good Sports in its mission to provide kids with sports equipment, shoes, etc. so kids can get moving, relieve stress, learn life lessons and just be kids for a few hours a day. Kids need to take a break and get moving, and our schools do not always have the resources to make that happen. We are facing an obesity crisis in the country and more kids than ever are being diagnosed with ADHD (my own included). Being able to get out of their chairs or out from behind their screens and get moving is essential to kids’ mental health and provides them with healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
My own experience tells me that sports are the best stress reliever. I know that if I am upset or irritable and I go on a run, I will feel so much better when I get home. It just makes sense that the same is true for kids. I know from personal experience that sports also teach kids essential life skills like determination, discipline, teamwork and humility. Studies have shown that grit is a more important determining factor in kids’ success than intelligence. What better way to teach grit than through sports?
My Dad was a hockey player, so I was on the ice at age three. I made it half way around the rink to the goal box where he let go of my hand, and I promptly landed on my chin! I swore I would never skate again. By the next week, I was back out there, learning to skate and loving it. Skating became my favorite sport as a kid. Since I was a girl, growing up in the Midwest, there was no chance to play hockey, so I became a figure skater.
My first awareness of the Boston Marathon was way back in the 90’s, when I was a freshman at Boston College. I remember watching the runners fight their way up Heartbreak Hill; I was so impressed with their strength and determination. I couldn’t wrap my head around running 26 miles, and I thought to myself that I couldn’t ever do that, but I’d like to. As I began running longer distances, it seemed more and more possible that I could run a marathon. I ran the Cape Cod marathon in 2011 and the Newport marathon last year. I was so proud of myself, having accomplished something my younger self thought was impossible for me. Still, I wanted to run Boston, the storied race, in my own hometown. Couple this with the marathon bombing (I am an Army brat and don’t like the idea of anyone attacking the USA or undermining our confidence and strength), and I am more determined than ever to run Boston. Please support me in goal to run Boston and to raise $8,000 for Good Sports so we can all get kids moving together!