Y Of Central Maryland Hopes To Establish New Family Tradition With Charity 5K
The Greater Annapolis Family Center Y invites the community to take part in the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K, set for the morning of Thanksgiving, November 27, starting at 8:30am at the Y in Arnold - it might just be the start of a new family tradition.
Families have been conditioned to think of family time as something that happens on paid holidays and for one week in the summer, but what about the rest of the year? For many hard-working families, the idea of family time is sadly just that - an idea rather than a reality, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Family time is not defined by your employer. It is not a five-day, four-night destination, nor is it something rigid that must be scheduled. Family time is simply taking advantage of any space and time you share with loved ones. It’s easy things, like singing in the car while driving home from soccer, piano or dance practice, folding clothes together while talking about nothing in particular or playing “I Spy” while grocery shopping. Family time is also creating special moments by making tiny gestures like sending an “I’m thinking about you” text at 2:00pm on a Tuesday or leaving a handwritten note in a lunchbox or briefcase that says, “I love you.”
Holidays and vacations should be the pinnacle of family time. For many, the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving. On the surface, this holiday is most easily defined by turkey, family and football, but in the true spirit of its name, many families have made giving back part of their Thanksgiving family tradition, thereby creating a whole new opportunity for family time.
Last year, nearly 10,000 community members participated in the Y’s annual Turkey Trot Charity 5K. What was the appeal? Getting in some exercise before launching an all-out assault on the kitchen? Doing something fun and memorable with the kids? Giving back to the community in some small way? All of the above is true, but most importantly, it was a chance to spend fun, healthy family time together while simultaneously doing something good for the community. Proceeds from the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K support the Y’s Give Every Child a Chance campaign, which helps remove income as a barrier by providing financial assistance to families living at or below the federal poverty level so their children can participate in enriching Y programs - including Y Camp, Y Preschool and Y Before & After School Enrichment - they otherwise couldn’t afford.
This year, try a new twist on your Thanksgiving family time and register the family for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K – a new family-time tradition. For more information on the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K in Arnold and how to register, visit www.ymaryland.org and click on the turkey.