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SDJA Jogathon benefits CAF and SDJA Purim Festival

  • Students to raise money for CAF and present a CAF grant for a handcycle grant to 5 year old Challenged Athlete Maison Isaiah Alfred from Oceanside, CA

On Thursday, April 11th, the students of the GMLS participated in their annual jogathon; however this year, we were honored to partner with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and raised over $15K for the foundation and an additional $5K for our Purim Carnival.  We also gave a special grant to 5 year old Maison who has cerebral palsy. Maison joined us at the Jogathon to receive a special handcycle so he can also “run like his sister and other friends.”

The day began with our check presentation of $15K to the foundation and the two classes that raised the most money, KA and 1A (over $8,000 between the two classes) were awarded the opportunity for a field trip to the CAF headquarters in May for their wonderful efforts.  We were also joined by Challenged Athletes Tara Butcher and Danielle McLaughlin, who led us in the warm-up stretch and joined our kids on the field to run with them.

The kids then participated in the Jogathon and ran and enjoyed music and snacks alongside their peers, teachers, family members, and our challenged athletes.  

The students participated in a series of events over the last two months to help them understand CAF’s mission to empower individuals with physical challenges through sport while also practicing inclusion.

The first event took place on February 28th and was called Abilities in Action Day which included CAF athlete Megan Blunk sharing her story. Then the children had opportunities to participate in a series of fun and engaging activities designed to teach them about living with a physical challenge.  

A second event that took place on March 25th with CAF athlete and speaker Alex Ruiz sharing his story and a Q and A with CAF co-founder Bob Babbitt.

Our last event before the Jogathon was a Donut and Tzedakah drive on Monday and Tuesday so the kids could bring in their own pocket money for the Jogathon.

Proceeds from the fundraising will help empower the next generation of challenged athletes including Maison and so many others.

Thank you to the Jogathon Co-Chairs Nicole Ludwig, Gabrielle Hazan and Tonia Cohn. Thank you to the many parent volunteers who helped every step of the way, including the day of the Jogathon. Also, many thanks to Shani Abed who went above and beyond. She takes all of our school events to the highest level possible.

We also want to thank our donors Whole Foods, Flower Child, Brueggers Bagels (Josephson Family) and Starbucks and Corvette Diner (Cohn Family).

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