I've watched my sister Melissa and her business partner Christy for more than 10 yrs now, grow Good Sports from a few basketballs to millions of dollars of sporting / outdoor equipment for underfunded programs and underprivileged kids all over the country . . . and sadly, I can't say that I've helped all that much.
This summer, I watched my oldest son return from his first year of college to enlist in the Army so that he could serve others. He's a very good student and a terrific athlete . . . he had a great year, but was compelled to serve. My youngest son will follow suit when he finishes up high school. Again, great student and very athletic . . . but driven to serve.
Melissa and Good Sports serve the greater good, my boys serve, will serve, the greater good, and with the social media and technology of today, there are tons of other examples of people doing great things for others.
It's time that I start contributing. I'll run the Boston Marathon this year for my sister and Good Sports. I'm going to raise at least $26K in the process.
Now, I'm 45, a non-runner, I live in Buffalo (You can guess what training runs in Dec, Jan, Feb, and Mar will look like in Buffalo, right?), have a beautiful wife who's currently happy with me and a 6 month old beautiful baby girl (neither of whom I can steal time from to train), I've never fundraised for anything before, and oh yeah, I'll attempt to run a qualifying time for the race for my age group (3:24:59 or less).
So, I need your help . . . it's a fantastic cause, all donations are completely tax deductible, I'll keep you all posted on my training progress, and I'll give all the personal shoutouts and free advertising for company contributions that I can manage.
$26,000 dollars . . . $1,000 for every mile that I'll run in the race. Help me get there . . . thanks in advance, Tony
Good Sports, Inc. wrote:
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. The problem? Increased pay-to-play costs and limited Physical Education budgets prevent kids in need from playing sports and being active. High equipment costs limit youth organizations’ ability to deliver the life-changing impact of sports and physical activity to the children they serve.
The good news is, there is a solution. 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 teamed up with additional equipment partners to deliver $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!
Good Sports is thrilled to be an Official Charity of the 2019 Boston Marathon. Together, Good Sports and its 2019 Boston Marathon Team will give kids the chance to succeed on the court, on the field and in life.
Thank you for supporting our team and helping get more kids in the game!