I’ve been wanting to do this for a long long time. In my span of training for marathons and triathlons, I’ve raised money for several charities, but I wanted to do something more local and intentional from my own perspective.
I’ve worked with mentoring young men and boys for several years now and know first hand the impact that mentoring has on a child. I believe through sports we can mentor our kids to become better kids, better friends, students and grow up to be better contributors to society. Whether that is by one on one mentoring or the mentoring that being involved in sports can provide, mentoring helps our kids. As a young six year old boy I was thrown into the water and learned to swim. Our AAU swim team, the Marshall Meters, was coached by Minnesota Swimming Hall of Fame Coach Marcy Eckstrom. The life lessons she taught through her coaching were life long lessons. Respect, encouragement, showing up on time, working hard, being a good sport, and the list goes on.
It is my intention that through Miles 4 Mentors, kids will have the opportunities to play in sports and learn to become winners in life.