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RACE4CHASE Chasing Summer Event
Sunday, August 13, 2017

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This year the Newport County YMCA will take part in their inaugural Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Program. The Program aims to provide kids aged 6-12 with a safe, healthy, non-competitive environment to discover the sport of triathlon. It brings kids together from all different backgrounds and educates them on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle; coaches them to develop a found of athletic skills; and inspires them to aim high in sports and in life.

Designed as a 6-week goal oriented summer program, participants are provided with expert instruction in swimming, cycling, running, strength training and flexibility and being taught the fundamentals of good nutrition, under the supportive guidance of coaches, lifeguards and instructors. Implementing a custom-designed training program the coaches provide the youth athletes with all the equipment, knowledge and one-on-one support they need to become tri-athletes and lifelong athletes.

The Program is created in memory of Chase Kowalski. Chase was an amazing son, brother, and friend who was taken from the world on 12/14/12 in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. He loved sports of all kinds and had an incredibly competitive spirit. His family’s vision is "to turn tragedy into triumph by healing and strengthening our families and communities".

The Kowalski family wanted to capture Chase's competitive spirit and vitality in creating a charity in his honor with a focus on health and wellness for children and their families. The CMAK (Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski) Foundation has pursued programs and initiatives that encourage personal improvement, healthy lifestyles and strong family and communities.

At the culmination of the 6-week program all the youth athletes come together to compete in a USAT-sanctioned triathlon race Celebration being held on Sunday, August 13th at Fort Adams. The Y invites everyone in the community to join us, cheer on our young athletes and honor Chase's memory.

You can support programs like Race4Chase by making a contribution to the Community Support Campaign or become a RACE4CHASE Chasing Summer Event Sponsor. For more information, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sara Meirowitz, Director of Development, at saram@newportymca.org or 401-847-9200 x109.