Back in November, I decided to, for some reason, sign myself up for a half marathon. I always like to challenge myself with something new, so this was next on the list.
I'm not going to shed blood, sweat, and tears for nothing, so I decided to find a nonprofit organization to raise money for that would get the wheels turning on my training.
Coaching4Change is a nonprofit organization geared toward giving inner-city and low-income children a better educational opportunity. "...Kids born into poverty may have up to 6,000 hours less learning time compared with their middle-class peers, leading to an achievement gap." Coaching4Change extends learning opportunities for the kids who may face more barriers to a flourishing education than others. Through school partnerships and cross-age mentoring, the nonprofit has successfully served over 1,700 Massachusetts students and counting. In addition, the organization aims to transform struggling or disadvantaged students into future leaders, teachers, and mentors themselves.
Growing up in an urban area, I was never blinded to the reality that poverty creates an acheivement gap. I'm running 13.2 miles in an effort to help close this gap because every child deserves the same shot.
Thanks for all the donations and support (but really... cause I am out of breath just saying 13.1)
Photo cred to @andymiller_photo