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We want to spotlight and celebrate the work of volunteers, coaches and any community leaders that are inspiring health and wellness in their neighborhoods. Whether they organize a local run club, volunteer their time to coach or referee, or any other small way they help get people of all ages moving.

Know someone who fits the bill and could use some recognition? Nominate them below.

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    Maly Romero

    Maly Romero is the Founder of Kona Playgrounds Foundation on the big island of Hawaii. KPF’s mission is to provide financial relief to parks in distressed conditions in Kailua Kona. They believe that all children deserve to have access to safe and fun playgrounds and that every community deserves equitable access.

    Their board of directors is comprised of local community moms who are heavily invested in repairing community parks. Their foundation is a strictly volunteer organization and relies on fundraising from community donors and grants.

    Details about their upcoming fundraising event and more about their Foundation can be found here.

    April 2022
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    Lauren Mitchell

    Lauren found GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix almost by accident. She was in search of a volunteer opportunity within the special needs community as a requirement to apply for Occupational Therapy school. What she didn’t realize then, was that GiGi’s Playhouse would change her life and career path forever. After a month of volunteering she ran into the Executive Director, Robin Lea-Amos who expressed interest in launching a fitness program for community. As a team, Lauren and Robin built up the GiGiFIT program. At first, it only served toddlers and adults and by its one-year anniversary the playhouse launched its very own 1,800 square foot GiGiFIT Fitness Studio and serves over 30 individuals with Down syndrome ranging from birth to 35 years old.

    As the GiGiFIT coach, Lauren focuses on foundational movements, balance, strength, and teamwork! This program is truly life changing thanks to Lauren and a team of volunteers!

    March 2022
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    Pat DeMonte

    After Pat DeMonte retired in May 2020, she gathered some friends to form a Board of Directors and in April of 2021 started a chapter of Cycling Without Age (CWA) in Seneca County. Since 2012, the CWA movement has grown to an international effort to span 2,500 chapters in 51 countries around the world, 3,500 trishaws and over 35,000 volunteer pilots (drivers).

    Cycling Without Age is made up of volunteers who assist elderly citizens and individuals with disabilities or limited mobility to enjoy life by providing them with a free bicycle ride to help eliminate loneliness and open the doors of nursing homes to allow residents to experience the joy of a safe ride. CWA wants to help people appreciate nature, relish the time in the open air and possibly bring back memories of their childhood.

    February 2022
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    Stacy McDaniel

    Stacy is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Oklahoma City nonprofit Cleats for Kids (C4K). C4K has a unique mission to equip and empower kids through sports by providing sports gear to kids in need. Kids who are engaged in sports and regular physical activity have opportunities to learn life lessons that translate to the classroom and beyond. Sports also expose kids to positive role models and increase self-confidence. Despite all these benefits, the cost of sports gear is a roadblock to participation and that is where C4K steps in. Their "Locker Room" located in OKC is a special space where kids and coaches can shop free of charge.

    Stacy and her husband started C4K out of our garage because they believe in the power of sports to change lives. Since C4K's founding in 2011, the organization has provided 190,000 new and gently used items to over 130,000 kids across the entire state of Oklahoma.

    January 2022
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    Michael Anderson

    From May 2017 through July of 2021, Michael was the Director of the NYC Chapter of Achilles International. The mission of Achilles is to transform the lives of people with disabilities through athletic programming and social connection. As the chapter director, he helped runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes with disabilities to meet their goals week-to-week. Sometimes those goals included walking a 5k and for others it meant taking on their first marathon. The NYC Chapter of Achilles provides support to over 250 runners, walkers and wheelers with the assistance of over 500 dedicated volunteers.

    What Michael loves most about Achilles is seeing an athlete cross the finish line. Many times new runners join the organization and they are nervous about taking on their first race. Through the support of our volunteers, he loved to see the journey of each athlete as they reached finish lines that they never imagined were possible.

    December 2021

issues we’re tackling

only 1 in 5 teenagers

(ages 10-19) get the recommended hour per day of physical activity

less than 5% of adults

participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day

25-30 million americans

quit sports by the age of 13

1 in 5 homes

have parks or a recreation center within a half-mile

Game On! community impact

In 2020 we’ve partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and Metro Denver to support their crucial work with youth, providing a safe place for them to learn, grow and realize their full potential.

In 2021 we partnered with Good Sports to provide in-need sports equipment for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and Metro Denver, supplying new basketball hoops, teeball equipment, soccer goals, bleachers and more to enable play for members of all ages.

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