Develop the next generation of runners on Give to the Max Day
Happy Give to the Max Day! For the past 5 years, Minnesotans have shown their support for local nonprofits and schools by donating millions of dollars to their favorite causes. Last year, more than $16.3 million for 4,400 charities and schools was raised by some 53,000 Minnesotans.
On Give to the Max day, “hundreds of organizations will offer the opportunity to double your dollars with matching grants throughout the 24 hours.” In addition, there are fun incentives to increase the amount of your donation. Every hour, two donors, will be randomly chosen to have $1,000 added to their donation. Additionally, at the end of the event, two donors will get $10,000 added to their donation.
This means more money goes to the charity you care about.
How you can Help Kids
As a new father, I have a greater sense of ownership in seeing our children grow up healthy and active. It’s startling the number of children who aren’t able to do that. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “In 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.” They cite a lack of physical activity as one of the major reasons. This is sad considering how easy it should be for kids to get outside and run around.
The reality is that too many kids don’t have the necessary resources or access to make this happen. They may not be part of a family or community who is able to encourage or model an active healthy lifestyle.
This is why I’ve chosen Friends of TCM as my Give to the Max Day organization.
What is Friends of Twin Cities in Motion?
Twin Cities in Motion has an amazing sponsorship program called Friends of TCM. They focus resources on “creating healthy lifestyles for youth through running events, underscoring the importance of starting good fitness habits early in life.” They’re in over 70 schools and 12,000 youth have benefited from these programs. It could be more.
Becoming a Friend of TCM is as simple as making a contribution in any amount. The money you contribute helps reduce barriers to participation in physical events, as well as provides education resources so youth understand how to lead healthy lives.
Why You Should Donate to Friends of TCM
A donation to Friends of TCM will help support Twin Cities In Motion’s youth initiatives such as
- TCM event entry scholarships
- School transportation to events
- After-school fitness/nutrition programming
- Annual college scholarships
- TCM’s High School Running Shoe program
- And more!
For as little as $10, you could put a child on the starting line at one of several Twin Cities Races. This pays for transportation to the event, as well as a medal and t-shirt. $50 will give a budding high school distance runner in need a pair of shoes. Participating in races gives kids confidence and pride, and encourages them to develop a life-long love of being active.
Learn more about Give to the Max day and donate now!
Your donation can help set our next generation up for success for years to come. So today, during Give to the Max Day, support Friends of TCM and make a donation (the bigger the better).