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Matt D.

Coach Billingsville Elementary

At the end of the season, I generally find I have learned as much if not more from the boys than they have from us ‘coaches.’ …The lessons in LMR help break through the tough skin, and it is an amazing thing to see a boy open up for the first time and talk about his fears, his weaknesses, and most of all his reality… The smile on the boys’ faces when they cross the finish line is unmistakable. 3.1 miles may be just a 5k to many of us, but that day, to those boys — it is Olympic gold. And every season, despite the complaints about running laps and being hot and needing water — at the end of the race when we reiterate the fact that there will be no more practice come Monday, the disappointment on their faces is clear. They know they were part of something special, and it truly did make an impact in their lives... Overall, I think Let Me Run’s mission is invaluable. For boys of all shapes and sizes… LMR encourages boys to make good decisions, to be a friend, to make healthy life choices, to do the right thing, and most importantly to be themselves. It is another outlet for expression, for growth, and for learning. I cannot say enough about the program and about Lori and Ashley for what they have put together. I hope it will continue to grow because I truly believe in its purpose and effectiveness for helping shape boys into strong, confident men.

The lessons in LMR help break through the tough skin, and it is an amazing thing to see a boy open up for the first time and talk about his fears, his weaknesses, and most of all his reality.

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