Growing up in Natick, Marathon Monday has always been one of my favorite days of the year. I always admired the strength and determination of the thousands of runners that would pass through our town. From a young age, I always wanted to run the Boston Marathon.
This year, I will be running the Boston Marathon and am excited and anxious to do so. I have aligned with Strivers Running Club, and will be fundraising to contribute to their Scholarship Fund. I chose to commit myself to this group because of the confidence, strength, and community activism this organization has instilled in the young ladies that have come through the program. As a father of two girls (Grace, 5 and Ayla, 2), I hope that they will have an opportunity to learn and grow in an organization like this in the future. Please consider a donation to contribute to this great cause for girls in our community. It is greatly appreciated. Thanks and we'll see you on 4/15/19!!
STRIVERS Running Club for Girls is a Natick based program established in 2009. The mission of The STRIVERS is to develop strong, confident, athletic, and community-loyal young women. This is achieved through the process of training and completing a 5k Road Race within a supportive team environment. To date, over 500 girls have successfully completed our program with 80 percent of our members running an average of three years as a STRIVER.
The STRIVERS program is designed for 5th through 8th grade girls. Members become runners, experience the sense of accomplishment when they successfully complete a 5k, and learn the power that runners can bring to a community when they work together. Since the program’s inception, our girls have donated many service hours and lead numerous community outreach projects from food drives, back-pack collections, and town wide clean ups in an effort to demonstrate the positive impact a group of runners can make on their community.
The STRIVERS Inc. Scholarship Fund has recently been established to provide funds for those our program directly impacts. Our goal for the scholarship fund is to assist those individuals who have run with us, volunteered for us, participated in our races, or simply have a love of running as much as we do. The STRIVERS Inc. Scholarship Fund will provide a one-time award to one or more high school students pursuing a college education.