Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Leon's Triathlon Giving Back

For those doing Leon's this year, the race is making a concerted effort to give back to the community which I am all for.  Charity mixed with sport is something I love to see and excited to see Leon's supporting lots of local organizations. So anyone racing or spectating, please consider making a donation! (i have italicized those donations that are direct money transferred to show there is are many ways to give back)

Here is a message regarding their program:
Leon’s Triathlon is committed to providing more than a well executed race.  Specifically, Leon’s has teamed up with local charities to help give back to those in need.  At the conclusion of the race, these organizations will be represented at Crush Tent City and we encourage you to bring any items you wish to donate towards these causes.  This is a great way for racers, spectators and families to give back.   Below are a list of associated charities, their mission and how you can help.  

Medals4Mettle- (I am the Chicago Coordinator which many of you know) M4M is a different kind of charity that does not seek to compete with other charities for valuable dollars. Medals4Mettle's mission is to provide an opportunity for endurance athletes and runners to pay it forward by enabling the gifting and awarding of earned medals to others who demonstrate similar mettle, or courage, as they face life's challenges.

How you can help: 
Donate Marathon, Half Marathon or Triathlon Medals
Recommend an individual or groups that could benefit from a M4M Medal!! (this is especially needed and i will have a little box for people to drop names in at Crush Tent City)

Hope to Give- The mission of Hope to Give is to raise money for children, families of children and organizations specifically created to help children living with life altering medical conditions. Our goal is to bring hope, money, and support to those that need it most through various fundraising activities and events.

How you can help:  
Monetary Donations
Participate in the Annual Golf Charity event

BackPacks for Class- BackPacks for Class’ mission is to collect backpacks filled with proper supplies for children in need.

How you can help:
Monetary Donations
School Supply Donations; no donation is too small (ex: Pencils, erasers, crayons, folders, binders)

Warm Belly Project-Collecting food and clothing donations
How you can help:
Donate Gently used clothing 
Canned goods of non-expired food

I look forward to seeing some of your there.  Email me if you some of you want to meet up!  

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