Last week, my friend, Mike Sandrock, stopped by to talk with the kids about the time when he was their age and read the Odyssey for the first time and how that led him to a life of adventure. One of these adventures started 31 years ago when he started his non-profit, One World Running. He asked the kids if they were willing to gather school supplies that he can distribute to schools that participated in the kids race he put on last year. Enthusiastically, the children brainstormed and signed up for supplies they could gather and donate.
He returned today and some of the children helped him pack two suitcases full of supplies and balls. He will head off to the small city of Barocoa, Cuba to distribute athletic shoes, organize a trail race, and deliver these much needed supplies to a school that is located two miles in the hills above the city. Mike will be joined by Clare Gallagher, this year's winner of the Leadville 100, and other runners. Both will visit the classroom when they return to show videos and pictures from their trip.
Here's a short video about last year's trip to Barocoa. Another video introduces Mike's inspiration and mission for One World Running.
A group of students are already making posters and planning how they can collect supplies for the One World Running's trip to school children on Île de la Gonâve off the coast of Port au Prince, Haiti in June. I would like to organize a few days this spring when we can help Mike and other volunteers wash, sort, and pack athletic shoes for upcoming trips to Belize, Honduras, and Haiti.