Team for Kids is composed of adults from around the world who are committed to running, and to improving the lives of children. These runners add meaning to their miles by raising funds for NYRR youth programs as they train for major endurance events.
All funds raised through Team for Kids benefit New York Road Runners youth programs, which represent a national and international effort to transform the lives of tens of thousands of children, many of whom have no access to the regular physical activity they need to live healthy, productive lives.
The primary NYRR youth programs — Young Runners and Mighty Milers — are running-based programs that promote children’s physical fitness, character development, personal achievement, and teamwork in communities in New York City and throughout the United States. Funds raised by Team for Kids members help provide:
Training for teachers, coaches, field managers, and coordinators, most of whom volunteer their time to NYRR youth programs.
Incentives for children to encourage them to attend events and practices, demonstrate sportsmanship, and strive for fitness and personal milestones.
Incentives for teachers to encourage them to run with students, and enable them to share their own achievements in physical fitness through NYRR youth programs.
Entry fees and transportation to races and related sporting events for the kids.
Necessary resources to establish programs in areas of greatest need.
Team for Kids was established in 2002 as NYRR recognized the need to help city kids become more physically active. The goal of all NYRR youth programs is to equip children with the tools they need to become physically fit for life, in programs that focus on goal-setting skills, character-enrichment, and nutrition education.
Each year, more than 4,000 Team for Kids runners log miles in bright green jerseys at a variety of New York City events including the TCS New York City Marathon, the United Airlines NYC Half, and the Airbnb Brooklyn Half. Team for Kids runners can also be found at the starting line of the Tokyo Marathon, Boston Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Supported by a team of elite coaches, Team for Kids alumni mentors, and friendly Team for Kids staff members, these generous athletes enjoy special race-day perks and personalized training plans. Team for Kids has multiple rewards. There’s the pleasure of raising funds for a truly worthy cause. There is the unique camaraderie, on and off the course, which comes from having trained together for several months. And finally, there is the amazing feeling of being in a long race and running past cheering stations full of enthusiastic kids who know you are running for them.
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