GOATz XC Grantz
Recently, the GOATz board got together to took a look at who we are and who we want to be as a community. When I was approached to take on the role of President, I knew that there were hundreds of incredible people who have been impacted by GOATz in someway. Whether it was a passing interaction at a race or group run, coming to a trail clean up, you are all a part of this community. If you want to be a GOAT, you ARE a GOAT. No qualifiers required.
Leading up to that meeting, as I was paying a bill for our annual volunteer night, I noticed that our checks say “Community Driven Running” on them. As we sat down to discuss how we wanted to capture our mission statement, we realized what we thought we were missing was right in front of us the entire time. Three words that succinctly summarized who we are and what we are about.
One way we’re taking the GOATz mission a step further in 2019 is the launch of the GOATz XC Grantz for public Junior High and High Schools in the Greater Omaha Area. This is an annual grant program, and for our inaugural year we will be donating $2,500 each to a public Junior High and a High School Cross Country team. We define the Greater Omaha Area as the following counties in Nebraska: Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, Dodge, Washington, Cass and the following Iowa counties: Pottawatomie, Mills, Harrison.
We will be accepting applications/nominations through 11:59pm, July 1, 2019. The GOATz Board will review applications at our July meeting and we will announce the awards August 12, 2019. Applications will be accepted online HERE. A PDF of the application can be downloaded HERE. If you’d like to submit a hardcopy of the application, please contact me at email@example.com.
I am so excited to be able to launch Goatz XC Grantz and see what our community can do. Your donations from the Gravel Classic and race fees from the GOATz Trail Runs in October will be supporting this grant program. One of the most incredible aspects of GOATz is our willingness to embrace, uplift, and cheer for those around us. I am continually humbled by the power of this community. If you’ve come to a GOATz race, you know what I’m talking about. Life can be hard, monotonous, and often painful. But come to a Monday Madness run at Swanson with Coleen and you will leave with joy in your heart that you didn’t even realize was missing. Come run Dizzy GOAT and you will have a small army of personal cheerleaders at the Motivation Station who will embrace you for exactly who you are in that sweaty, hot moment. Organize a trail clean up and ask for GOATz to show up on a Saturday morning, and there we will be with trash bags in hand or our own loppers. For me, the GOATz represent the best of who we are in the Greater Omaha Area and the people of GOATz are what sets us apart from any other group I have ever been a part of.
Xoxo – Amy
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