Every child should have the opportunity to go far in life. The GO FAR organization helps children succeed in life and the program’s success in High Point would not be possible without help from the High Point Community Foundation.
"They were able to support scholarships for the kids to participate in the races after their 10 weeks of training and then we went back to them last year because we created the lace up fund with the scholarship with the shoes and they jumped right on it as they usually do. They are such great community partners," said Julie Hill, Executive Director of GO FAR National.
GO FAR is the largest children's race in North Carolina, according to Hill. The organization was founded in the Piedmont Triad in 2003, and the first gift came from the High Point Community Foundation, said Hill.
GO FAR teaches children how to live healthier lives.
"Each week we have a different topic we talk about. So we talk about pacing, we talk about nutrition, what you need to fuel yourself for running," said GO FAR Coach Hayley Carmichael, who is also a teacher at Oakview Elementary School in High Point.
The GO FAR organization reaches 16,000 students nationally and 10,000 of them are in the Piedmont Triad. Coach Carmichael added, "Having a program like GO FAR, it's almost a blessing to them."
GO FAR helps the children learn other important life lessons.
“It does help me to again test my limits to see what I can do in dance, what I can do in school, what I can do in different things, soccer, basketball, anything like that,” said Abby Bare, a fifth-grade student at Oakview Elementary and GO FAR racer.
Alex Brisbon, who is also a fifth-grade student at Oakview Elementary and GO FAR racer said, “It helps you like synergize with people because you have to work together here and it helps you motivate other people.”
Grace Nyuon, a fifth-grade student at Oakview Elementary and GO FAR racer said, “We listen to our GO FAR instructor so it would help us listen to our teacher more since there are more kids on our team."
Click any of the following links to learn more about the foundations, or to get involved:
- The Winston-Salem Foundation
- The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
- The High Point Community Foundation