I'm incredibly excited to be running the 2019 Boston Marathon to benefit Good Sports! Good Sports strives to give underprivileged children the lifelong benefits of sports and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to youth organizations in high-need areas. Below I've included more on why the mission of Good Sports resonates so strongly with me, why the Boston Marathon is such a meaningful race to me, and additional information on what a fantastic organization Good Sports is. Any contribution would be sincerely appreciated and make a lasting impact on children in need!
Why Good Sports: Sports played a massive role throughout my childhood (photo evidence above). From an early age sports helped me learn the importance of teamwork, develop self-esteem, and understand the value of a strong work ethic. As I grew up, my family moved frequently and sports was how I made friends in new cities and schools. While I was lucky to have these opportunities afforded to me, not everyone is. I've seen first-hand the impact sports can have on those in need through volunteering with the Big Brother Big Sister Program, referreeing and coaching youth rugby, and the opportunities created for a number of my high school and college teammates. I believe strongly in the tremendously positive role athletics can play in putting children on a path to success.
Why Boston: In 2013, I was a freshman at Boston College celebrating my first Marathon Monday, when two pressure cooker bombs detonated at the finish line. Our campus was placed on lockdown, cell service was cut throughout Boston and the surrounding area, and a city-wide manhunt ensued. In the hours following the attack, no one could contact their friends who were running, or their families to let them know they were safe. Four days later, police caught the attackers (three miles from campus), and the city began to heal. The following year's marathon was a spectacle of the city rallying and coming together. I've picked up marathon running as a post-grad hobby (2x New York, 1x Chicago), but Boston has always been the race I've aspired to run.
About Good Sports: Good Sports believes kids who play do better. They become more confident, make new friends, are more engaged in the classroom and decrease their risk of obesity and other health-related diseases. Despite sports' well-documented benefits, youth participation rates have been in steady decline across the nation while budget cuts to athletic departments and physical education programs are increasing. Good Sports’ mission is to give all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing new equipment, apparel and footwear to youth organizations in high-need areas, such as Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, schools and more. Alleviating the cost of equipment enables organizations to lower fees and improve their programming. Good Sports began in 2003 with a donation of 500 basketballs to local Boston programs; the organization has since delivered over $34 million dollars worth of brand-new equipment to youth organizations in every state – giving over five million kids in need the chance to play!