Dream Big! Helping girls in need become active, healthy, and confident by providing them with the equipment they need to play sports.
On April 15th I am proud to be running in the 2013 Boston Marathon for Dream Big!, a charity that provides low-income and homeless girls with sports and fitness equipment, uniforms, athletic footwear, program fees, training expenses, sports opportunities and the supplies they need to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their overall health, fitness, and well-being.
Being in sports as a child was a blessing for me personally. Athletic involvement contributed to my formative years and helped me learn discipline, teamwork, accountability, and perseverence. I remember my first tennis racket--my grandpa took me to get it when I was 13. Until then I'd used my Dad's old wooden rackets...ok, but outdated! I felt like a million bucks playing with that racket, because it was new, it was mine, and someone gave it to me with love. Some kids are not so lucky.
Unfortunately, poverty can severely limit a young girl’s involvement in sports and physical activities. Every day a girl in need steps on the playing field, court or track without the proper footwear, equipment, sports attire or training they deserve. Launched in Massachusetts in 2010, Dream Big! has already had a direct, positive effect on more than 3000 girls through equipment donations, program scholarships, sports clinics and the Dream Big! Leadership Conference for middle & high school girls.
Over the next five months the Dream Big! Marathon Team, made up of myself and 14 other runners from around the world, will work to raise over $75,000 for Dream Big!. My personal goal is $5,000 and I hope you will join me in support of this important cause by sponsoring my 26.2 mile marathon run with a donation to Dream Big!. The money I raise will help to impact thousands of girls this year. Whether through an equipment grant for a new pair of sneakers or a new volleyball net so a high school can have their first ever home game, or a program scholarship so a girl can take dance lessons or go to a summer sports camp, I'm going to know that when I cross the finish line I not only changed my life but I also impacted many of others. For that, I am thankful and hope you will join me by making a donation today to Dream Big! in recognition of my run. I am appreciative of any support you can give to this remarkable cause. No donation is too little, no gesture too small.
For more information on Dream Big! go to: www.dream-big.org