On Monday, July 30th, I got the amazing opportunity to be a guest on the Rip City Drive with Travis Demers and Chad Doing on Rip City Radio in Portland, OR. We were able to spend some time talking about the power of philanthropy and how important it is to “be the difference” in whatever way your life gives you the opportunity. It was great to put something that the physical education community is doing for future athletes in the public eye! The more exposure, the better!! Take a listen!
So proud to tell everybody about our first visit to schools that have been chosen as recipient schools for the Adopt-a-Gym program! On May 18th, I was able to visit five schools in Houston, TX that were devastated by Hurricane Harvey. It was incredible to have the chance to meet the P.E. teachers at the following elementary schools: Hilliard (Jay Bennett), Pugh (Hector Ortiz-Marrero), MacGregor (Suzanne Gomez), Mitchell (Terrence Gray) & Anderson (Doreen Howard) . The teachers and their students were incredibly enthusiastic and attentive while receiving lessons with their new equipment and words of motivation about “being the difference” in the world.
I was accompanied by conglomerate of individuals who helped make the donations to these schools possible. Felicia Ceaser-White, Manager of the Health and Physical Education Department at Houston ISD helped coordinate donations, determine need and organize our visit. Jorge Rodriguez, P.E. teacher at Harvard Elementary school in Houston ISD, not only invited me on his Voxer Podcast to spread the word of Adopt-a-Gym, informed Houston schools about their option to receive assistance from the program, but also co-adopted MacGregor Elementary School with Charles Barrett Elementary (my school). Jason Leach, P.E. teacher at Independence Elementary School in Fort Worth, TX coordinated the collection of US Games voucher donations from other schools in his district. Collectively they adopted Pugh Elementary School. Scott Price, Territory Manager for US Games magazine facilitated all discounts and deliveries of equipment making the donations stretch the furthest possible in terms of equipment the schools received.
At Pugh, we were surprised by half the school, who not only gave us a standing ovation but also showed us their dancing skills while they got moving to a dance-along video that they clearly had experience with according to their smooth moves! At MacGregor, I was totally stunned when Mrs. Ceaser-White presented me with a Houston ISD backpack filled with their strongest attempt to make me a Houston sports fan, a Houston Rockets t-shirt, a Houston Astros hat and a $100 bill!!
What an amazing experience!! One thing I couldn’t stop thinking was how resilient these students were! Many of them were displaced from their homes. About nine months later, Hilliard and Anderson Elementary schools were both still at different campuses because of damage done to their original schools. Through all of this, they all seemed eager to learn and fully prepared to face each day with optimism and determination to make that day they best that they possibly could. Hopefully, the equipment these schools received will go a long way towards making a positive impact on the physical and mental health of these students who very much deserve every opportunity that this life has to offer. This is the reason for Adopt-a-Gym!
On Tuesday, March 6th, Charles Barrett Elementary School had their fourth annual Adopt-a-Gym event, a soccer ‘KICKoff’. Despite a rain delay, Kevin McGrath breaking his leg less than 48 hours from the original date of the event, and actual freezing rain at the event, loads of Barrett students still came out to support the great cause!
We were lucky enough to have a local TV station, WDVM, come and interview Kevin on what Adopt-a-Gym is and the importance of helping others, no matter who you are.
Check out the story here:
OPEN Forum Podcast all starts Mike Miller and Mike Martinez invited Kevin on the show to spread the word about Adopt-a-Gym. What a great opportunity to reach the physical education community!! So appreciative! Take a listen to Episode 9 of their awesome series of Physical Education podcasts…then listen to the rest!!
Jason Leach from Independence Elementary School in Fort Worth, TX is the first to come forward and volunteer to donate the vouchers that he earned from US Games for his American Heart Association fundraiser. These vouchers will go directly to helping a school in Houston ISD!
Anyone else who is interested in doing the same, please email me at: AdoptaGymKM@gmail.com
Thank you Jason & other kind teachers just like you!!
Jorge Rodriguez from Physedagogy was kind enough to interview me about my life and the creation & future of AAG.
This program is so perfect for the aid of victims of Hurricane Harvey & possibly Hurricane Irma! Spread the word & sign up! Check out the blog & podcast!
I am incredibly excited to announce that I received the first seven schools to register as donor schools!! I’m calling these people the Magnificent Seven!! We have schools from Virginia, Vermont, Florida, Kansas, Texas and New Jersey. Hurricane Harvey and other schools in need, we’re on our way!! All others who may be interested, lets pave the way.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!!!
With many thanks to Jorge Rodriguez, we recorded an Adopt-a-Gym interview on Friday. We spoke about how impactful it would be to get involved with the recovery of Houston because of Hurricane Harvey.
This is something that hits close to home for Jorge being a Houston resident and employee of Houston ISD. This is a time where we should all be rallying around this city.
Having a cause that hit close to home are what can really drive a really successful Adopt-a-Gym campaign. For those of you that Houston strikes a nerve for, I encourage you to sign up & run an event this year! I am committed to assisting donor schools to help Houston ISD get back on their feet!
Who is going to join us??? Click below to register as a donor!
Adopt-a-Gym is in the midst of branching out of the walls of Charles Barrett!! We are currently in talks with a number of teachers interested in becoming donor schools. Since this is the first year having partner schools, there will be limited slots.
We are looking for highly motivated physical educators interested in making a difference not only in the lives of their own students and those of adopted schools, but the lives of physical educators wanting to give their students the physical education they deserve.
If you are interested in becoming part of something incredible and receive more information on being a donor school, click the link below.
No commitment, just the start of a life-changing conversation!