Everyone should give to charity. That is a given. The issue that most people have is exactly what charity to give to. Many adults have had life experiences that have changed them, so their donations will go to those charities that affected their lives. We all want our kids to know the importance of giving also. The question is, what charities are they passionate enough about, that they care enough about, that they feel they could make a difference?
That is where Rush for a Cause comes in
What is Rush for a Cause?.... Rush for the Cause was started in 2009 by Brecksville's Matt Galland, a running back for Brecksville's football team. After a game in late October of that year, Matt read about a player , Kory Wiita from Highland High School that was seriously injured in a game that Friday night. The player's career was over. Feeling he needed to do something, he started his own non-profit organization.
To see an exclusive interview with Matt Galland and how the concept came about :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wIZQRePJ_o
How does Rush for a Cause work?.... What Matt decided to do was look for sponsors, who would donate one dollar for every yard he gained during the next season. All monies collected would go to the hospital bills, treatment, and prevention of catastrophic injuries. Matt had a monster year running the football, gaining nearly 1500 yards and leading Brecksville into the state playoffs. He was able to raise more than 45,000 dollars in that first year alone.
How has Rush for a Cause helped?.... As with all charities, people what to know that the money is going to where it needs to go, and that the charity is doing what it says it is. Rush for a Cause has been able to help multiple athletes with their rehab in the last couple years. From issuing grants for purchases of handicapped vans, to donating to help pay for medical expenses, to donating to help pay for costs at a rehab facility, it is doing exactly what is said it was going to do.
The Rush for a Cause Sports Blitz.... Rush for a Cause celebrates its third annual Sports Blitz today in Brecksville. Last year, they raised over 43,000 dollars in one day. It has grown to a point where there were 12,000 people that attended last year, with over 250 volunteers. Some of their sponsors included Romeo's Pizza, Cleveland Clinic Hospitals, SportsTime Ohio, and the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers, and Gladiators. The charity has expanded to more sports than just football. Soccer, volleyball, and now lacrosse teams have jumped onboard in supporting this worthy cause.
Please watch the video from last year's event herehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wohMHkFr1ww&feature=youtu.be
Rush for a Cause Sports Blitz will be held at Brecksville-Broadview Hts. High School today, August 17th.
Looking for a charity for your high school athlete to give back to the community? There may not be a better one to look to than Matt Galland's Rush for a Cause.
Please visit the website at www.rushforacause.org