Sep112010

Running the Chicago Marathon in support of Urban Students Empowered

US Empowered

On October 10, I’m running the Chicago Marathon in support of Urban Students Empowered. US Empowered helps underperforming high school students to prepare for, be accepted to, and succeed in college and trains teachers to lead its structured mentoring, education, and support program. Personally, I like that US Empowered is not a scholarship program focused on high-achievers. Instead, it leverages its limited resources to build a system that helps many students from low-income schools to enroll in and graduate from college. In addition to helping the individual students, the focus on schools with the lowest rates of college attendance maximizes the social and economic benefits for both the communities and the US as a whole: Help where the need is greatest.

If you’d like to learn a more or make a donation, please head on over to my personalized pledge page.

Tutor and students participating in US Empowered programs

Tutor and students participating in US Empowered programs

I’m trying something new to help my fundraising efforts. I made business cards with info about See Rob Raise on one side and about the charity on the other. If you arrived at this site as a result of one of those cards, thanks for more than just humoring me by accepting it. I hope what you learn – about US Empowered and my larger goals – inspires you to make a contribution.

Thanks for you support.

- Rob Campbell

The See Rob Raise charitable card

The See Rob Raise charitable card

Jul212009

A Running Start: Mission and Methods

Running inspires and provides a chance for a better life

Running inspires and provides a chance for a better life

A Running Start is a young foundation with a mission of improving the lives of young East Africans through sport. The organization sponsors schools and training camps in Kenya and remote regions of Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Uganda to identify and develop promising student athletes and to help them earn scholarships to US universities. It’s an unusual approach. Karl Keirstead, A Running Start’s founder, explains: “To really alter lives in Africa, an organization needs either a very large budget (which we don’t have), or needs to target fewer but high-impact individuals. Individuals who, by putting a bit of wind in their sail, can take off.” Instead of touching the lives of many people superficially, A Running Start changes the lives of a smaller number profoundly.

In the US, athletic ability has long been a means for some who couldn’t otherwise afford it to obtain a college education and a chance at a better life. A Running Start enables young people from some of the poorest countries in Africa to take the same path. But its impact does not end with the individual. Their experience and education give them the perspective, the skills, and the means to give back to their families and villages. They are teachers, business people, and engineers, able to make more than just a financial difference.

Running is ideally suited to this approach. The region is rich in talent and it’s largely an individual effort. But success also depends on discipline and dedication, traits that also contribute to academic success. And running is not resource intensive; all it takes for many athletes to reach their potential is a good coach, food and housing, and educational assistance. When they do reach that potential, they are in high demand: The programs A Running Start sponsors can secure a runner a U.S. university education for $300.

A Running Start sponsostudyingrs running camps that house, feed, and coach 300 runners. The camps also provide educational assistance, including SAT preparation classes. In 2008 alone, they sent 140 high school graduates to US universities on scholarship.

A Running Start’s outreach begins at an early age and helps even non-college bound children finish their primary education. Most African countries don’t provide support for youth or junior-level sports. A Running Start helps fill this void, introducing kids to the merits of sport and giving them a reason to remain in school. They also pay high school tuition for impoverished but talented athletes, and contribute to the building of new classroom buildings at local primary schools.

Giving

The funds that enable A Running Start to do this good work come primarily from people like you. Many know the transformative power of running and education firsthand.

A Running Start raises awareness of its cause by sponsoring teams of volunteers at events across the country. I’m a member of a team representing A Running Start at the New York City triathlon. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to compete because of an injury sustained in a charity ride for the National Multiple Sclerosis society, but I am committed to meeting my fundraising goal.

If you would like to contribute, please visit my personalized fundraising page. Your donation goes directly to the foundation.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to A Running Start Foundation, write my name on the memo line, and mail it to:

A Running Start Foundation
315 Bleeker Street, Suite 291
New York, NY 10014

Thanks,
Rob Campbell


Jun162009

National MS Society – Providing help for today and hope for tomorrow

On June 27 and 28, I’m taking part in the 150-mile Cape Cod Getaway bike ride to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central New England chapter.

Most of us take for granted the ability to choose (or choose not) to go for a walk, a ride, or a run. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body, making it increasingly difficult or impossible to do these or any physical activity. 14,000 people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, 400,000 in the US, and 2.5 million worldwide suffer from MS. The National MS Society funds research into a cure and helps people with MS and their families move forward with their lives.

Your gift would support this work in central New England.

Giving

To contribute, please visit my personalized fundraising page. Your donation goes directly to NMSS.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to NMSS-CNE and write my name on the memo line. NMSS asks that I collect and forward all checks, so please mail it to my address.

Thanks,
Rob Campbell
1481 Union St
Manchester, NH 03104

Jun162009

A Running Start Foundation

On July 26, I’ll be racing in the New York City Triathlon to benefit A Running Start Foundation, which works to improve the lives of young east Africans through sport. East Africa is home to some of the world’s greatest running talent, but it is also stricken by poverty and war. The Foundation’s mission is to harness this talent to allow more East Africans to earn a U.S. university education from their athletic gift, to leverage sports to inspire local children to stay in school, and to enable more talented young athletes to earn a living from the sport.

Your generous support would make a real difference in many young lives.

Giving

To make a dontation, please visit my personalized fundraising page. Your donation goes directly to the foundation.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to A Running Start Foundation, write my name on the memo line, and mail it to:

A Running Start Foundation
315 Bleeker Street, Suite 291
New York, NY 10014

Thanks,
Rob Campbell

Give these kids a running start