Posting this now (for the sake of authenticity) after coming off yet another up and down week with the charity.
I won’t front, running a non-profit is difficult work. It seems like every single day is a constant fluctuation between immense triumph and tremendous disappointment. Certainly not the most appropriate word to use, but I often describe charity work as a "thankless" field to be in. You don't do it for any sort of personal gratification. You don't do it for awards or accolades... of course, those might come, but they're always few and far between. And money... well, you certainly don't do it for the money. You do it for the sole reason you ever started, which is to affect change across a population through whichever medium you choose to do so. But, I guess that's what makes the inevitable rejection and failure that much harder to swallow.
Well aware of the brutal nature of this "thankless" field, but also mindful of how much of a difference even just a small gesture of recognition could make in powering someone to continue fighting the good fight, we decided it was time to help those who so selflessly help others. That’s why in 2017, we started the Gabriel Yeris Scholarship Fund. This $1,250 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior using sports to make a difference in the community. Because these kids aren't actively seeking recognition for the good they do, but that doesn't mean their efforts should go unnoticed or unrewarded. And with that being said, I couldn't be more proud to shed light on this year’s recipient, Megan Beebe, who has established herself as a proven leader both on the field and in the classroom through her involvement with the United Leadership Committee and the Special Olympics. I can’t wait to see the impact she has at the next level when she joins WNEU in the fall, as a member of their storied varsity softball program.
We, ourselves, do what we can everyday to change this world for the better. But this next generation represents the best of us, and they will, against all odds, create lasting change. Thank you for what you do to make this world that much brighter.