CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation to Award Five Entries to 2020 TCS New York City Marathon
Applications Open for Runners Committed to Raising Funds in Honor of Sandy Hook First-Grader.
The 2020 TCS New York City Marathon Charity Program has selected the CMAK (Chase Michael-Anthony Kowalski) Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation as an Official Charity Partner. Founded in remembrance of Chase Kowalski, a Sandy Hook first-grader, the CMAK mission inspires community healing through family and children-focused initiatives including the Race4Chase youth triathlon training program.
As part of the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon Charity Program, the CMAK Foundation will receive five entries into the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon. CMAK will provide the five entries to athletes who commit to raising a minimum of $2,500 for the Foundation. More details on how to apply to be on the Race4Chase team can be found at the CMAK website at www.cmakfoundation.org.
CMAK Foundation Executive Director Kevin Grimes explained that partnering with the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon Charity Program has been both a humbling and inspiring experience.
“We are thrilled to share this opportunity with our CMAK Foundation supporters. Chase was a seven-year-old who loved nothing more than running. Our partnership with the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon is such a fitting tribute to Chase’s life and we thank them for the chance to honor his legacy in this manner.”
About the Chase Michael-Anthony Kowalski (CMAK) Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation:
Chase Kowalski was a first-grader at Sandy Hook Elementary when he was taken at the December 2012 tragedy. To honor Chase and capture his energy and competitive spirit, the Kowalski family founded the CMAK Foundation. CMAK focuses on health and wellness for children and their families, pursuing programs and initiatives that encourage personal improvement, healthy lifestyles, and strong families and communities.
About the Race4Chase:
The CMAK Foundation established the Race4Chase Kids’ Triathlon Program to embody its vision and mission by introducing youth to the sport of triathlon and sharing the experience that Chase Kowalski achieved at such an early age. Race4Chase brings together kids from all different backgrounds and teaches them how to adopt a healthy lifestyle, coaches them to develop a foundation of athletic skills, and inspires them to aim high in sports and in life.
The program promotes a greater self-confidence and knowledge for the participants that obstacles can be overcome and success achieved through hard work and dedication. They also are able to share the happiness and camaraderie of being part of a team striving for a similar goal, and feel encouragement and appreciation from their families and community members participating in the culminating event.
Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program provides opportunities for youth ages 6-12 to learn about, and experience, triathlon at no charge. There are currently 29 Race4Chase program sites across the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. At each program site, youth are introduced to triathlon in a camp setting over a six-week period — culminating in a FINALE event in which participants complete a triathlon.
For more information or to make a donation visit www.cmakfoundation.org.