Orgs are working hard to keep kids fit

The American Obesity Assn. says 15% of kids aged 6 to 19 are obese. These youth-based orgs want to make the future a well-adjusted place and look a little better in Lycra.

MARATHON MAN: For 17 years, Students Run L.A. has trained at-risk middle and high school students to complete the Los Angeles Marathon. What the kids take away stretches longer than 26.7 miles. “(The program) helps build stamina to get our kids to graduate high school,” says director of development Ginny Gibbs.

Students Run L.A. trains about 3,000 students annually. Last year, 97% of them graduated and 92% went on to college, some with the help of the org’s scholarships.

Students train three or four times a week from September until the March marathon. SRLA provides two pairs of running shoes, uniforms and entry fees, amounting to about $300 per runner. To donate, visit SRLA.org.

KIDS CARE: Kare Youth League in Arcadia believes athletics create victories outside the playing field.

“Kids learn through sports, but also through their relationships with teammates and mentors,” says Leslie Orsburn, development director.

In addition to afterschool practices and Saturday games, the org sponsors summer camp, pizza-parlor runs, trips to Disneyland and educational tours throughout the U.S. and abroad.

On June 2-3, KYL will hold their 54th annual fundraising circus and carnival at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl. Event features 40 food and game booths, a petting zoo, pony rides, Dave “The Human Cannonball” Smith and the Winn Family’s high-wire act. Tickets are $5 for children ages 3-12 (no charge for two and under); $10 for ages 13 and older. More info: (626) 442-1160 or KYL.org.

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