CHaD and Positive Tracks Focus on Youth Engagement for Annual Event
October 04, 2012
Positive Tracks is pleased to announce they will once again be partnering with the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock (CHaD) at the 7th annual Hero Half Marathon & Ripcord 5K, taking place on Sunday, October 21st in Hanover, NH. In great support of CHaD, Positive Tracks, a youth-focused program founded by Nini Meyer, has pledged to match every dollar raised by CHaD Half participants who are 23 years of age or younger with the goal of raising $100K for this single event.
Positive Tracks plugs into the CHaD Hero Half Marathon & Ripcord 5K as a fun and physical youth initiative based on the belief that everyone has something to offer to a social cause. A Positive Tracks coordinator works directly with and encourages young people to use their own imagination and skill, laying the groundwork for future community involvement and active citizenship. This is all about empowering youth to make a difference. From young school age children through Dartmouth students and athletes, youth participants have already begun raising funds to put towards their team's fundraising goal through various community activities and outreach. Young fundraisers are selling homemade crafts; organizing fundraising efforts like tennis tournaments, soccer games and fashion shows...even earning pennies for push-ups.
"The CHaD Half provides an excellent outlet for kids in our community to get up, get moving and get involved, I am constantly inspired by the imagination and creativity of these youth teams and am honored to support their many efforts with the Positive Tracks Program," said Positive Tracks Founder, Nini Meyer.
The CHaD Hero Half Marathon also includes "Cam's Course," a one-mile fun run that was inspired by Cameron Marshall, a young leukemia patient at CHaD who actively participates in the run as a way to raise funds for CHaD. Positive Tracks youth teams are invited to participate in Cam's Course as well. Participants can register online at www.CHaDHalf.org or email CHaD.Half@Hitchcock.org.
About Positive Tracks
Positive Tracks (www.positivetracks.org) is a non-for-profit youth initiative founded by Nini Meyer that partners with charitable athletic events to challenge young people to support their communities through athletic event participation and fundraising efforts fueled by their own creativity. Positive Tracks encourages physical activity and is based on the belief that everyone has something to offer to a social cause - whether it's leadership ability, artistic creativity, or the determination to make a difference to their communities and the world. Positive Tracks fundraising activity culminates on athletic event weekends when The Positive Tracks Matching Fund matches dollars raised by participants aged 23-or-under. All funds raised via Positive Tracks athletic event participation and/or independent fundraising projects benefit the athletic event's designated charity.
As New Hampshire's only comprehensive, full-service children's hospital, The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing the best pediatric care at the right place, at the right time, every time. CHaD physicians provide primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of Northern New England, and beyond. CHaD offers both inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient and same day surgery services are available at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester, as well as outpatient pediatric specialties at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover. Primary care is available at Dartmouth-Hitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, Nashua, New London, and Plymouth.
For more information contact Elizabeth Gray at (603) 650-3435.