“Enriching Lives Through Sport”

22 04 2011

Last night, Chloe and I went to a happy hour fundraiser for ACHIEVE Youth Triathlon Summer Camp. ACHIEVE is a nonprofit organization in DC that offers at-risk youth ages 9 – 14 a free six week summer camp that teaches nutrition, fitness and life long exercise habits through the sport of triathlon. How cool is that? This is definitely a program I can support.

So, after work, we headed over to the Meridian Pint to meet up with fellow triathletes, runners, cyclists, and others to raise some cash for ACHIEVE.

ACHIEVE was started in 2007 by Charles (Chuck) Brodsky, with the support of former DC Mayor, Adrian Fenty, and Washington, DC’s Department of Parks and Recreation. According to the website, ACHIEVE has expanded to multiple sites in DC, as well as a site in Connecticut, two in Houston, Texas, and this year is the first for a site in Atlanta.

The camp provides youth with all of the equipment that they will need during the program; including bicycles, helmets, swim fins, pull buoys, goggles, kickboards, a cycling jersey, as well as training from experienced coaches. However, since they are a nonprofit, they rely on donations so they can continue to grow, and provide youth with the amazing experience of attending a tri camp. I don’t think I even knew what a triathlon was when I was 9!

Clearly, lots of folks thought this was a great event to support:

The place was packed! Maybe they just came for the raffle prizes, some of which included gym memberships, bike fittings, sunglasses, wet suits, registration to the Nation’s Triathlon and the DC Tri.

Sadly, neither Chloe nor I won.

We ran into our friend Steph, who’s also in Eating Club, and a fabulous triathlete.

At the happy hour, they announced they raised over $1500 selling the raffle tickets. The High Cloud Foundation also announced they would donate $2000! If you are interested in helping out too, you can donate here.

As I was looking at their website, I came across their motto, which I love: Enriching Lives Through Sport. This totally resonates with me, because I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the experiences I’ve had in the various sports activities I’ve been a part of throughout my life. Discipline, hard work, perseverance, teamwork, and sportsmanship are just some of the things that come to mind when I think about the things I’ve learned through my participation in sports. What about you?

Question of the day: How has your life been enriched through sport? And, if not sport, what do you feel has enriched your life?