PITTSBURGH (February 20, 2019) – Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) announced today that Kids of Steel received the 15th Impact Award from 100 Women Who Care Pittsburgh. The $6,600 donation will support the award-winning training program that motivates kids and families to get moving and make healthier food choices.
“We are honored that Kids of Steel was selected for the Impact Award from 100 Women Who Care,” said P3R CEO Patrice Matamoros. “Our team is passionate about working with families in our community and instilling a love of running and healthy habits for all generations.”
The free training program challenges participants to complete 25 miles of physical activity. Students will celebrate the completion of the program during the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events by participating in either the Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot (40 meters), Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon (one mile) or UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run (3.1 miles).
Kids of STEEL was named 2015 Youth Program of the Year by Running USA and has grown impressively since it was launched in 2011. More than 130 sites and 6,500 children are expected to participate in 2019. Liz Frame, current member of 100 Women Who Care Pittsburgh, nominated the youth program for the 15th Impact Award.
“We are so pleased to be able to make a difference in organizations across our region,” said Kim Patterson, one of the co-founders of the Pittsburgh chapter of 100 Women Who Care. “We’ve found that our membership truly values contributing to organizations which primarily serve women and children, and most especially smaller programs where unrestricted funds can dramatically impact their budget.”
For more information about the program, visit: www.kidsofsteel.org
About Kids of STEEL
Kids of STEEL is a free training program that motivates kids and families at more than 145 sites throughout 12 counties to get moving and make healthier food choices. During training, participants will complete 25 miles of physical activity at school, during a before or after school program or at home with their families. P3R celebrates the achievements of kids, coaches and families by bringing everyone together to finish the last mile at the Pittsburgh Kids Marathon on Saturday, May 4. Since the program’s inception in 2011, more than 35,000 children in the tri-state area have learned what it takes to be a Kid of STEEL. Learn more at www.KidsOfSteel.org.
About P3R (Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc.)
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting a love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, we also manage a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active! Read more at: P3R.org