WE ATHLETES USUALLY DON'T GIVE BACK AS MUCH AS WE GET FROM HOST COMMUNITIES THAT COULD REALLY BENEFIT FROM OUR TIME AND TALENTS
MANY OF OUR FAVORITE EVENT DESTINATIONS DON'T HAVE BROAD OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE THERE
RACE DIRECTORS OFTEN DONATE TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE VOLUNTEERS, BUT THAT TRANSACTION TAKES AT LEAST AS MUCH AS IT GIVES
MUST ADD HEART IS HERE TO LINK HOST COMMUNITIES IN NEED WITH ATHLETES WHO REALIZE GIVING BACK IS PART OF FINISHING. PARTNERED WITH ENDURANCE-FOCUSED BUSINESSES AND OTHER CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS, MUST ADD HEART EXISTS TO IDENTIFY NEED, RAISE FUNDS, ENLIST WILLING SERVANTS, AND MAKE GREAT HOST COMMUNITIES BETTER BECAUSE WE WERE THERE.
Whether you are an individual who would be willing to talk at a school on a Native American reservation in Arizona about how endurance sports have trained you for success in life, or you want your family to leave their comfort zone and participate in a multi-day, life-changing "Athletic Mission Trip" after IM Cozumel, Just Add Heart exists to connect challenges with Enduring Solutions.
THE HARD TRUTH
PLACES OF STAGGERING BEAUTY
PEOPLE OF LIMITLESS WORTH
DO MORE THAN RACE THERE
MUST ADD HEART
Do you have a "Bucket List" endurance event- the one thing you just gotta experience before you kick the bucket? What made you choose that particular event? More than likely, a big part of your decision is the venue. Whether it is a triathlon in a tropical paradise, a through-run of the Appalachian Trail, a footrace in the Grand Canyon, or a Summit attempt on Mt Everest, the more inspiring the scenery, the more coveted the event.
Not dissimilar to what many tropical island vacationers have experienced in their visits to paradise, these highly desirable host communities have a hidden secret. Often mostly obscured by the focus on the event, these communities are stricken by abject poverty, crime, oppression, addictions, illiteracy, and lacking access to educational or vocational opportunities.
Meanwhile, endurance athletes who participate in events held in these places are typically goal oriented, dedicated, hard working, financially secure, highly capable people. Just Add Heart is dedicated to the belief that endurance athletes can be a force for positive change in these host communities by using our talents and blessings to help them get better while, and because, we are there.
Must Add Heart connects Athletes (and their families) to Host Communities in vetted ways those communities have expressed they need. We present opportunities for marathoners to speak with groups of Elementary School students about our endurance experiences in an effort to first inspire big goals, then help them to work toward their dreams. We provide "Enduranceships" to underpriveleged local athletes so they, too, can get the opportunity to compete in their own bucket list events. For athletes and their families who want to make a real difference after the race is done, we can arrange full-blown "Athletic Missions" where we build community centers, fix up used bikes, cut/develop new trails, create athletic-based life-skill training programs, and beyond... Must Add Heart believes we should all leave some heart behind before we take home our medal and we'll help you to do so with us.