I started my Friday with some fantastic news — I will be joining the High Cloud Foundation Dream Team, a group of 20 athletes representing an amazing nonprofit committed to supporting and empowering families and children in a number of impoverished communities worldwide. Yes!
High Cloud, which was founded by DC Tri’s own Adriana and Matt Anderson, does international development work in about ten countries — on issues like education, health, sports and environmental sustainability — raises awareness and funds and organizes a number of races, including the Snapple High Cloud Half Marathon to be held right outside D.C. on Jan. 29. Amazing, right?
The Dream Team races for the foundation, promotes its mission and its sponsors and provides support in a number of ways — volunteering at events, marketing, fundraising, assisting in international missions, etc.
I’m excited about this for a number of reasons. First, I’ve been looking for an organization to commit to since I moved to D.C. (I coached for Girls on the Run in college — amazing organization — but my schedule doesn’t allow me to do that here), and High Cloud’s goals and activities fit right in with my own passions, such as public health, athletics, education and youth development. It’s a great opportunity to put some of my skills — writing/blogging, event marketing and management — to use and learn a few new things along the way. Finally, it’s a chance to train and race with and learn from other athletes who are as excited about all this as I am. A lot of great DC Tri folks are already involved in High Cloud’s work, so I’m looking forward to joining them!
Updates to come as the team gets started, but in the meantime, check out all the cool things High Cloud is doing.