Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. ~Author Unknown
It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week and I would be remiss if I didn’t say how much I value the volunteers that have helped make TeamUp-KS what it is today. They’ve shared their love of running with our two team captains, Dominic and Ray. Now going out for a run with someone may seem small and insignificant. We do it several time a week so no big deal. Right? But share it with someone who has never had the opportunity and it becomes something special. Without our volunteers, Ray and Dominic may not have had the chance to enjoy the team camaraderie and experience the thrill and hoopla of race day. With the help of our volunteers they are learning to build confidence in taking on the challenges of everyday life. So thank you team for sharing your time and energy. I appreciate your efforts and I know that Dominic, Ray and their families appreciate it too.
For those of you that are not runners, whatever your passion in life, you can bet there’s an opportunity out there for you to share it with someone. A chance to better their lives or improve the community for everyone. No effort is too small. Because collectively together we can do great things and it becomes a bigger deal.
Thanks for making our community a great place to be!
A great big TeamUp shout out goes to our major sponsor GoRun Wichita. As a supporter of our program, they have helped us get team #2 up and rolling by purchasing the race chair for Team Ray.
Ray, who was born with cerebral palsy, is excited to be participating in his first half marathon this spring at the Prairie Fire Spring race on May 4th. Watch for Team Ray and Team Dominic as they all unleash their inner competitive spirits and encourage each other to the finish line!
Ahhhhh, the Christmas holiday season is upon us. Folks are decking the halls with lights and trees and Fa la la-ing all over town searching for that perfect gift for family and friends. But did you know that amongst all the holiday hubbub The Greater Good Science Center says that all this giving is good for your health in five ways.
1. Makes Us Feel Happy
2. Boosts Your Health
3. Promotes Cooperation and Social Connection 4. Evokes Gratitude
5. Is Contagious
So, what if I told you that you could double up this good feeling maybe even triple it?
Here’s the game plan. Head over to one of the GoRun Wichita stores, buy your buddy or family member that loves to run a pair of running shoes. Then while at the register during check out you can choose TeamUp-KS as your choice of the three charities listed and the good folks a GoRun will donate $1.00 towards the purchase of our next team captains race chair. So count it up with me…. Your friend increases his/her health by continuing their love of running in a new pair shoes (good feeling for them) you get the happy feeling of gifting to both your friend AND TeamUp (double happy points). It’s actually a win, win, win!
Have a happy and healthy holiday season and cheers to being contagious!
As Thanksgiving approaches, the crew here at TeamUp-KS would like to extend a warm heartfelt thanks to you for being a key ingredient in the recipe for creating a successful year for us. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once said, “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” Whatever your participation, you have helped us make a difference in a young mans life. Whether it was through financial support or helped to create an awareness sharing our mission with family and friends, it made a difference. Enjoy your time with family and friends this holiday and give thanks to those that help make you successful.
Thanks a million for being part of our team!
Executive Team Manager
ps: Speaking of recipes, below is one you can use for the leftover turkey and cranberry sauce from your Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy!
Leftover cranberry sauce transforms into a spicy salsa for these turkey quesadillas.
To prepare salsa, combine first 7 ingredients. Cover and chill.
To prepare quesadillas, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1/4 cup sliced onions to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Remove onions from pan; reduce heat to medium. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese over each of 4 tortillas. Top each cheese-covered tortilla with one-fourth of onions, 1/2 cup turkey, 2 tablespoons cheese, and 1 tortilla.
Recoat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 quesadilla to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and cheese melts. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Cut each quesadilla into 6 wedges. Serve with cranberry salsa and sour cream.
Note: This salsa is also great on turkey sandwiches. To make meatless quesadillas, use sautéed vegetables in place of the turkey.
According to industry research and consumer statistics, the number of individuals participating in the sport of running has increased dramatically over the last few years. The questions that come to mind are, where are all of these people going and what are they running from? In early days, man ran to survive. To hunt or in being hunted. Maybe it was to deliver messages to neighboring tribes or just a friendly challenge among tribe members. But with all our modern conveniences that assist us in getting around or communicate with one another why then the sudden big fascination with running?
For me, running allowed the opportunity to gain control of certain health conditions that I let get out of control. I was being chased by the giant man-eating high triglyceride-asorus. It was looming ever so close, waiting to stop me dead in my tracks, rip my heart out of my chest and leave my carcass for the hyenas to pick at. After 10 years of taking medications and trying to improve my diet and exercise I still had room to improve so I decided to give running a try.
Long story short, after two and a half years of running and challenging myself to pound the pavement three times a week, I am free! Free at last! Free from bad lab results, free from feeling tired and pudgy but more importantly free from expensive prescription medications. Now days I don’t look at it as running from bad health but rather running towards a healthier lifestyle. I’ve decided that I’d rather pay the athletic apparel companies than the doctors and pharmaceutical companies. Besides there’s something invigorating and liberating about it. It gives you the chance to clear your mind from a stressful day as well as the confidence to tackle most challenges.
So join the tribe, lace up those shoes and head out the door…. if nothing else…. just for the health of it.
Hello Wichita! We just wanted to take a second and introduce ourselves as the newest team in town. TeamUp-KS, a nonprofit organization, was formed by a group of runners that enjoy the camaraderie and the thrill of running and want to share these same opportunities and feelings of accomplishment for individuals with disabilities. The program will match each individual with disabilities (the Team Captain) to a team of able-bodied athletes (Teammates) allowing them to participating in running, bicycling, swimming, endurance, duathlon and triathlon events. The Teammates will pilot each Team Captain through the endurance event using specialized equipment with the intent of sharing the excitement and thrill of the race while building camaraderie among the team members.
The mission of TeamUp-KS is to provide rewarding experiences for individuals with disabilities through participation in endurance events while building lasting relationships with their able-bodied teammates.
Watch for us out on the road training for an upcoming run. See you at the starting line!