To sponsor a child runner from one of the local elementary schools, please go to the race registration page and simply check the "sponsor a child" box when filling out your own registration. (You do not have to participate in the race to be a sponsor.)
By sponsoring a runner, you allow a child from one of the five elementary schools and running clubs the AFCF supports in the Columbia Public Schools (Parkade, Blue Ridge, Russell Boulevard, Benton, and Alpha Hart Lewis). AFCF helps provide running shoes, shirts and entry fees to races for these Running Clubs each year.
Books, Books, Books for Everyone!
Books continue to be a priority for The AFCF and funds have again been provided to the Green Bay Area Public Schools to help fund book fairs in all 14 of the district's Title 1 elementary schools.
Students in all grades (K-6) were able to get one free book at the fair with the help of the AFCF.
The project put books in the hands of an amazing 5,000 young readers. Purchase bonuses also allowed teachers to get extra books for their classrooms.
We proudly support the Buddy Pack Program of The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.
The AFCF supports the McKinney-Vento Homeless Program which provides free school supplies to students in the Green Bay Area Public School system.
Come Run – Come All
AFCF announces new fundraising event
We are pleased to announce the John Anderson College Avenue Mile, presented by Midwest Computech! Save the date -Sunday, Sept. 8th, 2013 and sign up now at www.ultramaxsports.com/collegeave. No matter what your skill level, we have a division for you in this new, one-mile run benefitting the Anderson Family Charitable Foundation (AFCF).
This one-of-a-kind race in Columbia, MO will run straight down College Avenue between Broadway and Stadium Blvd. The event is sanctioned and the one-mile course has been certified by USA Track & Field. Race flights will begin at 9:00am.
"Our support of Running Clubs in the elementary school system launched the idea for this race", said John Anderson, ESPN SportCenter anchor and AFCF co-founder. "It just seemed like a natural fit".
For the past five years, the Foundation has provided funding for Running Clubs and S.T.E.M. programs in the Columbia Public Schools. “As an ex-track athlete I know how important running was to me and my school day", says John Anderson, ESPN SportCenter anchor and Mizzou graduate. "I loved running and I’m sure that’s a big reason I also loved school,” he added. "Our Running Clubs at Russell, Parkade and Blue Ridge elementary schools are promoting physical fitness and hopefully providing a reason for these kids to be in school". As a special incentive to Running Club participants, students who met a certain mileage goal earned new shoes courtesy of Brooks Running Shoes and UltraMax Sports of Columbia. Russell Elementary Principal Amy Watkins said, “It’s important to remember we’re raising kids, not just on the academic side, but whole people.”
In addition, the Foundation continues to support the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri with a portion of race proceeds benefitting their Buddy Pack program. The Food Bank partners with elementary schools in 28 of the 32 counties it serves to provide Buddy Packs to school children. Buddy Packs are backpacks filled with kid-friendly, nutritious food that students take home over the weekend or holiday periods to supplement their meals when there is not enough for them to eat at home. During the 2012-13 school-year, the Buddy Pack program helped feed more than 6,700 children each week.
Runners (we love walkers too) can register for the race in two ways: online at www.ultramaxsports.com/collegeave or by downloading the registration form and mailing it to: Ultramax Sports - 2902 Forum Blvd., Suite 101, Columbia, MO 65203.
Green Bay Food Program Gets
A $10,000 donation from the Anderson Family Charitable Foundation (AFCF) will once again help feed kids throughout the coming school year at Jefferson Elementary School in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The Jefferson/Ben’s Wish Food Program allows underserved students to fill their backpacks with food every Friday and over holiday breaks.
“It’s has to be awfully hard to listen to a teacher over a grumbling stomach, said AFCF trustee Tamara Anderson, “eating is vitally important to learning.”
The Food Program at Jefferson is the first of its kind in the Green Bay Area Public Schools and began with a gift from the AFCF in January 2012.
“We have many families at Jefferson who get the majority of their food from pantries, said school Principal Allison Granquist, “and the kids were so excited to have fruit and healthy food items of their own to eat on weekends.”
Ben’s Wish is a charity in memory of Ben Delain and dedicated to feeding those in need. Ben died in an ATV accident at age eleven and is especially remembered for a special act of kindness – giving an apple to a homeless man.
Donation check was presented to Peter and Becky Delain of Ben's Wish by Karen Collins on behalf of AFCF.
“A hungry stomach cannot hear.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
The Anderson Family Charitable Foundation (AFCF) was formed in 2009 by John and Tamara Anderson with the purpose of providing assistance to underserved elementary school-aged children in the public school system and their families. It is our belief that a quality public school education can be the catalyst to a bright and prosperous future for ALL children. The AFCF strives to provide assistance where needed to ensure that all children are comfortable at school and have the tools to thrive in that environment.
Race Divisions & Categories:
• Fast Mile - The Fast Mile division is included for those who want to go fast! Requirements for this division are 5:30 and under for males and 6:00 and under for females. This will be the first wave to begin the race.
• Youth - 17 & Under
• University - This division is reserved for groups of five or more who are affiliated with any school, college, Frat or Sorority at Mizzou, Stephens, or Columbia College (J-School, Med School, Law School, etc.)
• Untimed - This division is included for those who do not want to be timed. There will not be any awards for those participating in the untimed division.
Back to Back Backpacks
The Anderson Family Charitable Foundation continuees its support of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri for a third straight year. A $20,000 donation was made at Parkade Elementary school to assist the Buddy Pack program, which sends nutritional food home with more than 6,700 students every weekend.
The Anderson Family Charitable Foundation has provided more than $225,000 to help underserved children in the public schools. We thank you for your support!
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