We work with two Official Community Charities in preparation of our events: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and The Ozark Greenways, Inc. Both organizations have helped to make our events possible. The Ozark Greenways helps manage the Greenways where many of our runners and walkers frequently train while Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks makes the impossible possible by managing our event volunteers. These groups are an integral part of the success of our events; they are valuable team members. Each of these groups is a beneficiary of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival.
Our 2014 Partner national and community Charities will be running, walking and biking with us to raise money for their charities while raising awareness of their purpose. We hope you will consider participating on behalf of a charity or making a donation to support their efforts in our community.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training
Isabel's House Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks
In 2007, the Junior League of Springfield identified a need for a safe refuge for children when a family is in crisis. Together with many community partners, Isabel's House, the Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks, was developed. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, families work with advocates to create a plan that will address their needs and help end the crisis. Our mission is to provide immediate refuge for children ages birth to 12 whose families are experiencing crisis. By partnering with families and the community, we strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Our services are vital to our community as currently, in Missouri, a child is abused or neglected every two hours.
We seek to provide normalcy to kids whose families are in crisis so we keep them on a schedule that includes school, homework, play, art projects, regular bedtimes and more. We want them to feel at home so Isabel's House is a home. We have trained staff that care for all of the children. Our participants report an 80-90% overall success rate in resovling their stressful situations.
Running, walking or biking on our behalf helps us to continue to serve the children and families of the Ozarks. For more information about Isabel's House, please visit www.isabelshouse.org.
Girls on the Run Sole Mates Program of Southwest Missouri
Girls on the Run is an innovate health education and wellness program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk event with life-changing, self-esteem enhancing lessons that encourage healthy habits and an active lifestyle in 8-12 year old girls. Girls on the Run uses the experience of training for and running a 5K race to show girls that anything is possible. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
SoleMates are a team of both male and female athletes who raise money for Girls on the Run while training for an athletic event of their choice. SoleMates set personal goals, such as running a marathon, to raise critically needed funds that ensure we can serve girls in our community. More than half of the 500 girls that participate annually need scholarship support to participate in the program. Being a SoleMate is also a great opportunity to give girls an example of healthy living while providing you, a SoleMate, with motiviation to train! By becoming a SoleMate, you are doing much more than achieveing your personal fitness goals! You are demonstrating your true commitment to the values we are instilling in girls: celebrating their physical and emotional health and transforming the way they see themselves and their opportunities. Sign up today to be a SoleMate and let your love of running make a difference in the life of a local girl!
For more information on how to register to be a SoleMate, visit our website, www.gotrswmo.org and click on the SoleMates link under the Get Involved Tab.
Youth for Christ/USA, Serving the Ozarks
Youth for Christ USA impacts local communities through 150 chapters and almost 40 affiliates, one of which is YFC/USA Serving the Ozarks. YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other likeminded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their Godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God in prayer, passion for the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement.
Youth for Christ accomplishes its missions locally through eleven core national ministries that meet teens where they are. Its staff and volunteers can be found with the youth at community centers, high schools, middle schools, juvenile institutions, and coffee shops forming authentic relationships with young people who need Jesus. YFC/USA Serving the Ozarks currently reaches area youth through YFC's Campus Life ministry with a club in Nixa, MO. Campus Life High School ministry combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact their schools.
YFC/USA Serving the Oazarks is entering its third year of ministry and hopes to see significant growth throughout the Ozarks this year. Plans include adding two new YFC ministries: YFC Core and Parent Life, as well as expanding the Campus Life ministry to other high schools. Youth for Christ needs funding, volunteers and community support to make this possible. When you run, bike, or walk on behalf of Youth for Christ, you are helping YFC realize its potential to reach over 2,000 students in this community. Scott Gardner, 417-225-0220; firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Youth for Christ, visit our local facebook page at www.facebook.com/yfcozarkswww.facebook.com/yfcozarks or our national website www.yfc.net.
Champion Athletes of the Ozarks
Our Mission is to Build self-esteem, self-confidence and everyday life skills therefore enhancing the lives of children and adults with disabilities through education, sports competition and new opportunities. Champion Athletes of the Ozarks has a focus on wellness and fitness. A large majority of our athletes have poor balance, coordination and muscle tone. Participation in wellness and fitness activities is something they work into the everyday lives of their program participants. Running for Champion Athletes of the Ozarks makes you a Champion in the eyes of all the kids and adults with disabilities within this program.
Contact Information: Susan Miles, 417-890-1599; email@example.com
For more information about Champion Athletes of the Ozarks, visit www.championathletes.org.