REVOLUTION GRASSROOTS: Insights advocacy of RUN FOR CHANGE
Revolution from the grassroots: Insights on the advocacy of RUN FOR CHANGE
By: Airnel T. Abarra
“Why go to Manila, if Manila can come to you”. This was the statement of Atty. Eric Pasion, of RUN FOR CHANGE (Run4change, Inc.) in their recently concluded Track and Field clinic held at the Laguna Sports Complex, Sta. Cruz, Laguna last November 11. The clinic allowed high school student-athletes from Del Remedio National High School, San Pablo City and selected athletes from the Division of Laguna meet, greet and train with the athletes supported by RUN FOR CHANGE. It was a start to their program of sharing their talents and demonstrating the latest training techniques they’ve learned down to the community level as part of their quest to support total grassroots development in Athletics.
RUN FOR CHANGE started as a student organization dedicated to supporting road runs in the University of the Philippines, Diliman by providing logistical support to race organizers. Eventually it evolved as one of the more established race organizers and event managers in the country with numerous successful road-racing events.
Tapping the resources and knowledge of well-seasoned university athletes and aided by the managerial skills of their core group, RUN FOR CHANGE not only organizes races but has now evolved into an organization that provides support to athletes competing at National and International competitions. Athletes belonging to their group were overall champions for the Men’s Division in the 2011 and 2012 Philippine National Games. Athletes from their selection team in turn represented the country overseas to participate in competitions such as the Hong Kong Inter-city Athletic Meet, the Singapore Open and most recently, in the Thailand Open. Most notable of their performances was that of Jesson Ramil Cid who captured the Gold for the Men’s Decathlon and almost broke the national record which was established in 2001. As early as now, the athletes of RUN FOR CHANGE are preparing to defend their title as the Men’s Overall Champion in the 2013 Philippine National Games which will be held in Lingayen, Pangasinan this May.
What sets RUN FOR CHANGE apart from other organizations is the fact that they are a non-profit organization. The proceeds of their racing events go into supporting athletes and providing assistance for grassroots development programs in different communities. “It is not enough that you are good. If you are good, you must share your talents with others.” says Atty. Pasion.
RUN FOR CHANGE believes that in order to strengthen the talent pool for track and field, young and aspiring athletes should be given a chance to be exposed to new and progressive training techniques and at the same time, coaches should also get the best education that can be offered. Opportunities to learn should always be at the forefront of development.
With their experience in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, RUN FOR CHANGE looks forward to engaging more communities in the future. They are looking into opening their doors and transforming this simple meet and greet / track and field clinic into an institutionalized program of support for grassroots development with proper coordination with local government units with the support of corporate sponsors. Through this, talent identification at the grassroots level will be much better, which in the long run, will strengthen the base of Philippine Athletics. If you want to help this kind of advocacy, you can contact RUN FOR CHANGE or send email to email@example.com.
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