Today, as (implicitly) promised, I’ll provide you all with a little more information on Back on My Feet. This organization has been all over the news and, recently, The Today Show. Many of you have probably heard of it, but for those of you who haven’t, here goes.
Back on My Feet is an organization that uses running to develop healthy and productive habits in urban homeless. By joining this program and consistently running with the group, homeless people can earn funding for job training programs, scholarships, and housing. BOMF doesn’t provide food or shelter, focusing instead on long-term goals like employment and housing. In other words, getting people back on their feet.
There are also less measurable, though no less important, benefits to running with BOMF. I think that any runner can relate to the transformative power of our sport. It gives us something to be proud of, a sense of achievement. There are people in shelters throughout the US who can’t remember ever having felt proud of themselves. Who could better benefit from a running-induced boost in confidence, discipline, and self-esteem?
As I said before, BOMF’s message resonates strongly with my personal experience. In my short life, I’ve learned that a person can rise from any circumstance, to become exactly who they want to be. When you’re in a dark place though, it becomes easy to lose sight of that truth. I can attest to running’s capacity for lighting dark places, and for revealing human potential. It proves that we, and the world around us, can be greater than we are today. In this way, we are unlimited.
So, if this is a cause that you believe in strongly enough to support, you can do it here through team Turtlerunner.
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