Where the Money Goes
All funds raised through Team for Kids benefit New York Road Runner’s youth services. NYRR’s youth services 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.
Through the primary youth services vehicles —Young Runners and Mighty Milers — we establish running-based programs that promote children’s physical fitness, character development, and personal achievement in underserved communities in New York City, throughout the United States, and in Africa. These programs are provided free of charge to communities in which 50%+ of children qualify for free or reduced price lunch, a common indicator of economic need. In addition to the obvious health and wellness benefits, these programs also teach valuable lessons in teamwork and goal setting.
Specifically, the funds raised by Team for Kids members help provide:
- Training for teachers, coaches, field managers, and coordinators. Most of these individuals volunteer their time to NYRR youth services.
- Incentives for children to encourage them to attend events and practices, demonstrate sportsmanship, and strive for fitness and personal milestones.
- Entry fees and transportation to races and related sporting events for the kids.
- Needed resources to establish programs in areas of greatest need.