Giving back. Paying it forward. Getting involved in our community and country. It goes by many names, this urge to help and/or partner with a worthy cause. Since the events from April 15th at the Boston Marathon, we felt this urge. Unfortunately, these cowardly acts of terrorism against our fellow brothers and sisters, are part of our life & times. We need to unite and answer the call when the time is right. That time is now!
So what could Board Patrol do to help? Plenty, actually. As far as donating money, a worthy recipient is to give to one of the 35 charitable organizations that Boston Marathon runners had chosen as their own recipients, which ranged from the American Red Cross of Massachusetts to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; think of it as donating in a runner’s honor.
Board Patrol has chosen Dream Big!: Founded in 2010, Dream Big!’s mission is to help break down the economic barrier that prevents low income and homeless girls from participating in sports and physical activities. A Massachusetts-based charitable organization, Dream Big! works to ensure that all girls, regardless of socio-economic background, have the equipment, uniforms, sneakers, program fees, training opportunities and supplies they need to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their overall health, fitness, education and well-being. In just three years, Dream Big! has already had a direct, positive impact on more than 3,500 girls from low-income situations through equipment grants, program scholarships, sports clinics and the Dream Big! Leadership Conferences for female athletes. (www.dream-big.org)
A couple days after the Boston Marathon I spoke to Linda Driscoll, Founder & CEO of Dream Big!, who said, ‘The overall support from the country for Boston, has been amazing as we all keep the victims of this horrific event in our thoughts and prayers!. We all remain “Boston Strong” and thank everyone for their kindness and support throughout this difficult time.”
During the month of May, for every location Board Patrol completes, we will donate to this cause to help buy a pair of running shoes, a basketball or a soccer ball to help a child in need.
Please join us in helping any way you can, to the countless great organizations and charities, by donating time or money to these great causes!
Thank you and G-d bless America!