Council for a Strong America is the parent organization of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids and Mission: Readiness. Together, its members advocate for evidence-based policies and programs that enable kids to be healthy, well-educated and prepared for productive lives.
The Council works to make a direct and significant impact on state and federal policy landscapes to ensure more young children have the chance to succeed in life. One primary area of focus is ensuring that more young Americans have access to physical activity opportunities. Council for a Strong America is excited to strengthen our efforts in support of ensuring more kids are healthy in life.
Council for a Strong America is proud to be an official Partner of John Hancock in the Marathon Non-Profit Program. The Non-Profit Program provides over 1000 Boston Marathon® bibs to select non-profit organizations throughout the community, which provides organizations with a significant fundraising opportunity. Last year, John Hancock Non-Profit Runners raised over $13.1M for their causes.
– OUR RUNNERS –
Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert E. Gaylord, U.S. Army
Brigadier General (Ret.) Bob Gaylord has been a member of Mission: Readiness for 11 years. He joined Mission: Readiness after retiring from the army in 2005 after 30 years of service. He has been a steadfast supporter of the work of Mission: Readiness because of his direct experience in Army recruiting. During his service, General Gaylord came across many overweight young individuals who wanted to serve their nation in uniform but were too overweight to do so. For those who did enlist, many would have significant trouble running because of underlying musculoskeletal issues after years of carrying excess weight.
On behalf of Mission: Readiness, General Gaylord is running the 2020 Boston Marathon because he wants to promote the importance of people (of all ages) being active and engaged. And for him, physical fitness is personal.
“When young people are active, they are inherently engaged and become leaders. I have a fourteen-year-old daughter who is active in sports. I help to coach her basketball team and assist with her travel soccer conditioning. I see the confidence in my daughter and her teammates and know this confidence stems directly from being physically fit and mentally dedicated to something they value.”
General Gaylord retired from the United States Army in January 2005. His numerous awards and decorations define a long and distinguished career of command and staff assignments culminating in his responsibilities as the Army’s senior Public Affairs Officer, responsible for public relations and strategic communications during the Global War on Terrorism.
General Gaylord currently works as a leadership and communications consultant. Formerly, he was president and CEO of IDEA, an eCommerce business-to-business solutions provider, after serving as president and CEO of the Leader-to-Leader Institute in New York City. He serves on numerous military and youth related Boards including the Military Child Education Coalition and Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation. He is a graduate of The Ohio University, Georgia Southern College, American University, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.
General Gaylord is looking forward to running his second Boston Marathon, 27 years after his first and 22 years since his second.
Mike Wolf has been a member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids for 18 years. He has served as the County Attorney for Clinton County, Iowa since January 1999. As County Attorney, Mr. Wolf leads the county attorney office, including four assistant attorneys and five support staff.
Prior to his election as County Attorney, Mr. Wolf served as Assistant County Attorney, primarily focused on juvenile court matters. He is an active servant of the community, having served twice as president of the Clinton County Attorney’s Association, as a mock trial coach, and as a member of organizations including the Iowa County Attorney’s Association, the Clinton Rotary Club, Clinton County Prevent Child Abuse, and the board of the Kids First! Child Care and Preschool. He received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City, Iowa.
Mr. Wolf’s long standing membership of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids and professional experience were factors in his decision to run the 2020 Boston Marathon. “As a prosecutor, I’ve seen over time how much easier it is to prevent crime as opposed to dealing with the aftermath of it. The dollars that we spend on kids early on in their lives have multiplied sevenfold later on in their lives. I speak firsthand when I tell people how critical investments in programs that emphasize the importance of nutrition, afterschool and physical activity are worth it later on. We need to invest in programs and initiatives that get children on the right track, and help them to stay on that track.”
This is Mr. Wolf’s first Boston Marathon and he is thrilled to be running on behalf of Fight: Crime, Invest in Kids.