Olympic Medalist Runs BolderBOULDER

Olympic Medalist Runs BolderBOULDER

  |   Posted: May 22, 2006

Olympic Silver Medalist Matt Hemingway will run in the BolderBOULDER on May 29 on behalf of Compassion International. He finished second in the high jump, representing the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Hemingway is participating in the race along with staff members and volunteers from Compassion International to help raise awareness of children in poverty. Compassion International, a long-term child development organization located in Colorado Springs, is currently reaching out to more than 750,000 children in 24 countries around the world.

To help raise awareness of the needs of children in poverty, Compassion produced shirts for runners and fans to wear during the BolderBOULDER that include a child advocacy message. Hemingway will wear the shirt during the race, joining Boulder resident Peter Barnes, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Boulder, as well as several of Compassion's executive team members, including Dr. Wess Stafford, Compassion's President, and David Dahlin, Compassion's Chief Operating Officer.

"This race is a great opportunity for Compassion to share the needs of children in poverty with many who live right here in Colorado," said David Dahlin. "Last year when I ran the BolderBOULDER and saw the number of people who were running in memory of others on Memorial Day, I thought that we should run in memory of the 30,000 children that will die that day of poverty-related causes. We should run wearing T-shirts that challenge all of us to 'Be Bolder for Children' and work to stop these senseless deaths."

"As a high jumper, my approach consists of only running eight steps, so running a 10K will be a new experience for me," Hemingway said. "Representing Compassion at the BolderBOULDER is something tangible that I can do for children in poverty and so I'm excited to take the challenge."

Hemingway and his wife, Kate, have been associated with Compassion for more than six years and currently sponsor a 6-year-old girl from Indonesia. "Compassion is a trustworthy organization that actually does what they say they will do with our money," he said. "While I'm proud of my Olympic accomplishment, I know that our sponsorship is literally changing a child's life, and that's something we can really be proud of."

Compassion International is one of the world's largest Christian child development organizations, working with more than 65 denominations and thousands of indigenous church partners in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Since 1952, Compassion has touched the lives of more than one million children. It has been recognized for its financial integrity with top ratings and recommendations by several of the nation's leading not-for-profit "watchdog" organizations. Recently Compassion was recognized by Charity Navigator for its fifth consecutive four-star rating, putting it in the top 1 percent of 5,000 charities. For information about sponsoring a child, contact Compassion online at compassion.com or by calling (800) 336-7676, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT.

To schedule an interview with Matt Hemingway, Wess Stafford or David Dahlin, please contact Becky Tschamler at (719) 487-6345 or Jay Lees at (719) 487-6457.