Go The Extra Mile In Your City
02 August 2018
The Extra Mile is a community-led initiative by Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, which addresses a unique social challenge in each city. It gives runners and spectators alike the opportunity to make a meaningful and actionable difference to public health, education, arts or the environment of their communities, all through using the power of sport.
Not only do we run these cities - we care about them, too.
In San Francisco, we asked the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay race community to vote on the social issue that they felt most needed to be addressed in the city. The winner: LITERACY!
The Extra Mile teamed up with sport-for-development organisation America Scores to provide programming that will increase academic confidence and bridge the gap for low-income youth, especially English language learners, through a combination of team-based poetry, soccer and service learning programs.
The program kicked off with a volunteer day ahead of the Relay race night, where we hosted 55 young people from diverse backgrounds and from disadvantaged communities, as well as 30 volunteers. They took part in fun sports games and drills that allowed the participants to discuss and explore issues of inclusion, cooperation and communication through sport.
Throughout the year, The Extra Mile will support programs providing Bay Area school children with literacy and healthy lifestyle education. The relay community will now have a chance to volunteer in interactive and exciting activities that addresses this winning challenge and kicks off the yearlong support of The Extra Mile in San Francisco. Please join us and go the extra mile yourself by participating in one of the volunteer days, it will be an experience you’ll never forget!
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