Complete this quick application to become a CURE Champion
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Apply your fitness goal to bring a child with a disability one step closer to surgery.
CURE’s Champion program connects your fitness and sports goals with the needs of a physically disabled child across the world. These children, unable to walk, run, and play, suffer from conditions that are correctable.
You, along with other champions, will partner with your friends and family to build support and raise money towards your financial goal to heal them. Because we want to see you meet your goals, CURE has partnered with a team of awesome trainers and coaches who are ready to help you achieve your fitness and fundraising objectives.
"I love staying fit, and running is my addiction. This May, my goal is to participate in the Buffalo Marathon to raise $1,000 for CURE."
Susan T, Buffalo, NY
A 5k is a race that is approximately 3.1 miles, and they are a perfect event for beginner runners! Find one in your area, rally up support, and start training with your coaches now!
Half marathons are an excellent way to set a new goal for yourself as an intermediate runner. The distance is 13.1 miles, and they take place in most cities. Sign up for one near you and be a champion for a child in need!
Full marathons are long and extensive races for runners who are really seeking a challenge. Get signed up for one in your area, get support for every miles you run, and change a child's life!
"Being a champion is my chance to have a platform to run for a kid who can't, to ride a bike for a kid who has always dreamed of riding a bike, with my friends and family supporting me along the way. "
Katie S, Athens GA
Challenge yourself, and see results. Set a new record for how much you can bench, or work on that six-pack you've always been wanting, and get sponsors on board for every weight added.
A great way to motivate yourself to lose unwanted weight is getting support from friends and family. A few dollars for every pound dropped could go a long way towards a child's surgery!
Commit a specific increment of time a day to fitness. Walk to the grocery store, ride your bike to work, or choose an apple over a donut.
"I love my fixed gear bicycle, so I'm going to use it to be a Champion. This July, I'm participating in the Tour De Shore from Philly to Atlantic City, and getting support for each mile I ride."
Stephen, Camp Hill, PA
Miles of vigorous terrain, winding roads, and mountain slopes on bike are a great way to challenge yourself and raise support from sponsors. Find out if there is one in your area, and get signed up!
More versatile for the less experienced, enthusiastic biker, many cities host races, normally between two different points in the city's vicinity. See if your city has one, and get sponsored!
Love biking, being out in the open air, and pushing yourself to the limit? Sign up for a mountain biking race. Getting sponsored can allow you to share your victory with a child overseas.
"This Fall, a few friends and I are planning to climb Mt. Kilamanjaro, in Kenya, as CURE Champions. Our goal is to raise $1 for every mile we climb."
Fred, Harrisburg, PA
Discover your vertical, and create a new record! Discover new heights, and get backed by friends and family who want to see you achieve your goal and help change a child's life!
Just one of many options for extreme snow sports enthusiasts! Many slopes hold competitions and open races! Find out if one in your area is hosting an event, and sign up as a CURE Champion!
Many cities have large bodies of water, perfect for chellenging yourself if you love water fitness or want to "dip your feet" in something you've never done. Be a champion, and swim for a CURE!
We know that there is strength in numbers. So when you become a champion, you join a team of champions, all working towards the same goal.
You, or you and a group of friends, apply to become champions. Once you're accepted, you will be placed on a team alongside 50-100 other members. As a team, you will have a team fundraising goal that is set by your coaches. You'll work together to reach that goal.
Along with encouraging each other as a team, you will raise support from friends and family to help you reach your own individual goal of at least $500.
When your team meets its goal, one person, along with one of your coaches, will be chosen for a free trip* to a CURE hospital, where you'll see the amazing work we do.
Most importantly, the lives of children around the world will be forever changed by your hard work and dedication. When your team comes to a close, CURE will share the stories of the children you helped to heal.
John's mission is to help, motivate, inspire, and encourage others to live a healthier and happier life. John's passion towards health and fitness speaks for itself. He has been published in over 50 mainstream fitness magazines both nationally and internationally. He has recently been featured in Men's Fitness magazine. John also has a growing fitness community with over 95,000 members. He has been seen on national TV commercials and fitness infomercials and has developed his own fitness DVD series.
Eugene DePasquale lives in York County, PA, with his wife, Tracey, and his two children. He is active in his church and in coaching youth baseball and basketball. Eugene played baseball and football at the College of Wooster (Ohio), and was a member of the state championship Quad A football team from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School. Eugene became Pennsylvania's Auditor General in January, 2013, and previously served in the House of Representatives.
Amanda is a personal trainer and wellness specialist. Her motto is: "Re-discover your discipline, inner strength, and dedication to the things that really matter... like your health." Amanda's passion is to guide people to achieve what they may not have been able to on their own.
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Once you apply to be a Champion, CURE will choose who is placed on a team based on the quality of the goals as well as the passion for success presented in the application. You will be notified via email if your application is accepted, as well as when you have been placed on a team. If your application isn’t accepted, you’ll be considered for subsequent Champion teams. While we wish we could place every applicant on a team, we may not have enough space to accommodate each person. So, if you are not selected for a team, we encourage you to re-apply!
Teams are groups of individuals across North America and beyond. When an application is accepted, you’ll be assigned to a team. Team members will have 100 days from the time the team begins to reach their financial goal to qualify for a trip.
To be entered to win a trip, you must raise $500. Winners and coaches from multiple teams will be assigned to a single trip. Trips will occur twice a year. CURE will make every effort to accommodate a Champion’s availability; however, if you cannot attend the trip you are assigned to, your position will be forfeited to another qualified team member. CURE will cover the cost of airfare and lodging and will provide a stipend for meals, varying by location. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian at their cost. Winners will be allowed to invite a friend or family member to travel with them at their own cost. Friends and family must also meet the minimum age limit of 18.
The Champion program uses Facebook groups to facilitate communication between coaches and team members. Every question and comment submitted will be publicly viewable by your team and coaches. Coaches will do their best to respond in a timely fashion, but as they have graciously volunteered their time, please extend the courtesy and respect they deserve. Misbehavior in the group, such as profanity, slander, or intolerance of any type, will not be tolerated. Immediate action will result with consequences up to and including removal from the team or legal action.
By submitting this application you agree to release and hold harmless, CURE International and its volunteer coaches from injury or distress to yourself or your team resulting from any advice, comments or communication from CURE International or its volunteer coaches obtained through participation in the Champion program.
Pictures submitted to the Champion group on Facebook or directly to CURE International may be used as promotional material for future Champion marketing efforts.