When thinking about the idea of charities based on fitness and a healthy lifestyle, there are plenty of events that use fitness to entice awareness and donation, but fewer truly focus on providing its recipients with a fit life. Three of these charities were first to my mind when deciding who to spotlight, but two deserved the research and mention. (photo credit)
Girls on the Run: It’s not really about running. It’s about “limitless potential” and building confidence. As an adult, I found motivation through running. It has inspired more than just a solid cardiovascular fitness routine in me. At the end of their 24-lesson curriculum girls walk away with the knowledge “that they can.” And it stops right there, because they fill in the end of that sentence with whatever they’re passionate about.
The American Heart Association: You name it, they’re fighting for it. It’s about all around health. Fighting obesity, working towards healthier kids, providing knowledge on nutrition, physical activity, and disease; all of these things come from being fit and leading a better life. They coordinate walks, runs, education and awareness days to push their mission forward.
Fit For Change: A brand new organization, started in 2011, that offers group fitness classes to promote their four pillars of success: fun, form, fit, future. Each activity is to invest in your future, keeping your mind and body strong.
Hockey Players For Kids: This is a personal favorite of mine. I have volunteered with this charity since its inception just a few years back. Their signature program, Stick to Reading, encourages children of a local school to read as much as they can for the chance to play floor hockey with the professional hockey players in their city. They encourage a healthy lifestyle, education, and giving time and knowledge over monetary gifts. (photo credit)
Challenged Athletes Foundation: Nothing can do justice to this purpose like it’s mission statement, “Established in 1997, the Challenged Athletes Foundation recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing unparalleled sports opportunities that lead to success in sports – and in life.” No matter your roadblock, there should be nothing stopping you from achieving your fullest potential.
What are your favorite “fit” charities? Share in the comments!