Joya's NYC Marathon Fundraiser for GOTR NYC

Joya's NYC Marathon Fundraiser for GOTR NYC
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About this project

GOTR Council: Girls on the Run NYC

Project Created on: 07/08/2018

Project Type: SoleMates

Two years ago, a few days after I ran my very first NYC Marathon, I went to a Girls on the Run NYC practice.  It was right after the 2016 election, and a lot of the kids were having a lot of feelings, some more pronounced than others.  One of my runners came up to me, in clear distress, and asked me “what are we going to do?” I was distressed too, and kind of at a loss for words, but when I looked at her, I realized that the answer was in the race I had just run.  It was in the Girls on the Run curriculum that I taught twice a week, every week. It was in every time I’ve ever laced up my shoes or high-fived a stranger at a finish line.

And so I knelt down and told her, “We’re going to do what we always do.  We’re going to take care of each other.  And we’re going to keep moving forward.” And that’s the core lesson of marathons.  It’s the core lesson of Girls on the Run. It’s a lesson about community and endurance, and it’s one that applies on and off the race course.  It is one that continues to apply now, perhaps more than ever before, and so as a coach and an educator and a runner, I want to keep living it.  One of the ways I take care of these girls in my community is by running this race, raising this money, and making sure that amidst a lot of turmoil and distress and fear, there are pockets of safe space for them to run in.  And sneakers and snacks and winter clothes for those who don’t have them. But I can’t do it without you, and so I am asking, as I always do this time of year, for you all to join me in taking care of our young people and to keep helping them move forward.

 

Why Girls on the Run?

From the mission statement: "At Girls on the Run, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event, one of the most special days of the year for all of the Girls on the Run participants and volunteers. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness."

As a coach, a volunteer, and a two-time SoleMate fundraiser for this organization, I have seen firsthand what this program brings to so many amazing young people, and the more I see, the more I want to help and keep the organization growing and evolving so it can reach more and more young runners. Many of you have heard me wax poetic about running and the important role it has played in my life.  Many of you have also heard me rant about how I wish more people, especially young kids, could find the joy and balance and beauty in distance running.  Girls on the Run provided me with an incredible opportunity to run, and more importantly, to run with kids and help them find their paces, their places, and themselves. Organizations like Girls on the Run provide these kids with a safe place and a caring community in which they can grapple with tough questions and hard lessons, make mistakes and learn from them, and find the strength and resilience within themselves that they need to keep going.

This is not to say running is the solution to all the world’s ills.  But it is to say that running can be a start. It can be a first step towards finding peace.  And we need that now more than ever. Our kids need these kinds of safe places now more than ever.  I only hope you will join me in continuing to fund and support one of the most amazing spaces I have ever found.  Last year, I raised $4,450 for Girls on the Run with your support, and I can’t wait to see what we do this year.

Quick Stats on Donation Amounts!

$35 can sponsor a pair of running shoes for one girl.

$150 can fund healthy snacks and a pair of running shoes for 3 girls in our program.

$300 can support a full season scholarship, and healthy snacks and running shoes for one girl.

$1,500 can support 5 girls (equivalent to half a team!) for a full season!

 

Please help me make a difference for these amazing girls once again, share this link, donate whatever you can, and stay tuned for fundraiser events!


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