I'm running the Boston Marathon!
I have been involved in sports my entire life. I have been fortunate throughout my life to be able to play - and afford to play - many different sports. My favorite sports to play growing up were ice hockey, baseball, golf and tennis...though I also played almost every other sport you can imagine.
There wasn't a day that went by that my brothers and I, as well as our neighborhood friends, weren't playing basketball, stickball, street hockey, soccer, fishing, swimming, wiffleball, frisbee, ping pong, billiards, or just riding our bikes throughout our hometown.
I also have been lucky enough to make a career from my passion and have lived out a thousand dreams because of sports. As I get older, I reflect on those days and realize how important sports were, and remain, to me. I still play ice hockey. I still play a decent round of golf. I can still take my identical twin brother to task on the tennis court and my passion for baseball continues - though I don't play anymore. And, I still love to compete.
This is the reason I have taken up marathon running. And, this is why I am so honored to be running for Good Sports. Good Sports is dedicated to providing underserved kids across the U.S. a chance to play and participate in sports. Sports is ubiquitous in our society. Kids that face financial barriers shouldn't be excluded from participating. That is why I'm running and raising funds. I want to play my small part in trying to give back to all the people that helped me along the way in my sporting pursuits and professional endeavors that have included sports. Funds for equipment and resources make a difference.
When I run the Boston Marathon, I will be thinking about the dreams I had as a young person - one of those dreams: running the Boston Marathon - and hoping that my efforts before April 15 will help make a difference to kids less fortunate but deserving of the same chance that I had growing up.
I hope you will find it in your heart to reflect on your passions as a child, young adult, middle age person or senior citizen, and consider donating to Good Sports in support of my efforts to not only run 26.2 miles on April 15 from Hopkinton to Boston, but also my efforts to achieve the fundraising goals I've set that will help kids play sports...and pursue them for a lifetime.
Those are the lessons I learned from playing sports. And those lessons have lasted a lifetime.