What does Team For Kids Support?
Funds raised by Team for Kids members support NYRR Youth Programs. Through school-based programs, free youth events, and a collection of digital resources, NYRR Youth Programs bring free running and fitness programs to students across the country.
- Team for Kids funds help support programs for more than 200,000 children in more than 1,000 schools and community centers nationwide.
- Since 2002, Team for Kids members have raised more than $40 million dollars.
- Funding helps pay for training for teachers and coaches, most of whom are volunteers, program and practice supplies, and student incentives.
For most of these kids, running with an NYRR program is their only opportunity to get exercise or play sports. NYRR Youth Programs have been recognized by Partnership for a Healthier America and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign as a leader in the fight against childhood obesity and health issues. Get more information and see highlights from the school year on our Youth Programs page.
Why Run with TFK?
Team for Kids members receive guaranteed entry to world class running events, access to professional coaches and training plans, and support from the Team for Kids community. We will help you achieve your goal of crossing the finish line while contributing to a much larger fitness movement.
Disparities in Physical Education in NYC
In May 2015, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer released Dropping the Ball: Disparities in Physical Education in New York City Schoolthat reported:
- 26% percent of children in grades K-8 are obese or severely obese
- 32% of NYC’s schools do not have full-time certified PE teachers
- 28% of NYC’s schools do not have dedicated space for PE
Hear from our Runners
“I went from non-runner to marathoner thanks to TFK! The training, the coaching, the tips and overall camaraderie can’t be beat.” - Joanne Factor
“The mission of TFK is so important to the future of our kids. Keeping them healthy and teaching them about goal setting and motivation is going to help them throughout their lives. It certainly put meaning into my miles today!” - Edwin Caceres
“This was my first time running for a charity and it was an awesome experience. I loved telling my donors about the TFK mission. They were inspired to give and I was inspired to run well.” - Aaron Mindel
“I got lots of TFK love on the Brooklyn course. Everywhere I looked I saw a green TFK singlet. The staff and the coaches made my experience all the more better. Thank you TFK!” – Sean Lewin
“I loved my first TFK experience. The weekly tips, the group runs, and the advice from the coaches had me well prepared. I ran with a huge smile for 13.1 miles!” – Nathalie Defrenne