Find 52: Track and Field Teams
The key to life is running and reading. Why running? When you’re running, there’s a little person that talks to you and says, ‘Oh I’m tired. My lung’s about to pop. I’m so hurt. I’m so tired. There’s no way I can possibly continue.’ You want to quit. If you learn how to defeat that person when you’re running you will learn how to not quit when things get hard in your life. Running! The first key to life.
WILL SMITH Actor The Key to Life (2005)
I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel like you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.
ARTHUR BLANK Co-Founder Home Depot, owner of the NFL Atlanta Falcons
Athletes’ stories inspire us all.
Like young readers, you strive to reach higher ambitions. Your support is also one for the books. During Track & Field season, we’re inviting athletes and coaches to join our Find 52: Track and Field Teams campaign. We know school teams will, quite literally, go the distance and raise $1,600.00.
Our literacy work directly benefits over 80,000 students. In St. Lucia, Grenada, Montserrat, and Nevis, we’re rebuilding school libraries. And every year, we bring Canadian children’s book authors and illustrators to meet their fans at our annual Rainforest of Reading Festivals.
Words have enormous value. In fact, if 800 athletes, coaches and spectators each toss a Toonie into our Really Big Shoe at your track event, you’ll be helping us meet our financial target. In a world that is sometimes defeating, training your brain and imagining a new story may be the one essential tool for children in developing countries.
Thanks to the athletes who’ve participated in our Find 52 campaign:
Eric Gillis Canadian Olympian Men’s Marathon Rio 2016
Jake Holden Canadian Olympian Snowcross Sochi 2014
Verneta Lesforis St. Lucia Olympian 800m Sydney 2000
Zepherinus Joseph St. Lucia Olympian Men’s Marathon Athens 2004
Kurvin Wallace St. KItts & Nevis Olympian 200m Atlanta 1996