Thursday, September 17, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Said KPF founder, Kyle Pease, "We are so excited to have the foundation represented by an athlete like Justin Knight. He typifies what the foundation is all about. When I started the foundation this is what I imagined it would become, a way to give other disabled athletes the opportunity to experience the thrill of athletic competition among able bodied competitors. There is no bigger thrill than competing in the Ironman.
To help support Justin please visit his Crowdrise page.
The Kyle Pease Foundation creates awareness and raises funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports. KPF provides programming that includes scholarship opportunities, purchasing of medical and adaptive sports equipment in addition to participating in educational campaigns that create awareness about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
As Brent and I have expressed on many occasions, The Kyle Pease Foundation was created for a far bigger reason than for me to see my name in lights. Any of you who know Brent and me are aware that KPF was formed to allow others to experience the same feeling of joy that we feel every single time we compete. Witnessing smiles on faces is a very greater feeling than collecting personal press clippings.
From the very first race, we experienced a feeling of accomplishment, a sense of belonging and the ability to experience what it feel like to compete after living much of life viewing from the stands. To share that feeling with other athletes is an incredible gift to be able to give.
It gives me equal pleasure to turn the blog over every once in a while to the athletes of the Kyle Pease Foundation allowing them to share their feelings with our loyal readers.
This week, it gives me great pleasure to hand over the blogging reigns to Justin "J-Dude" Knight and Matt Shectman, who experienced the Peachtree Road Race together earlier this month. I know you'll be inspired by their words.
Through the Eyes of J-Dude:This was my 2nd year running the Peachtree Road Race. I was so excited to have lightning speed Matt pushing me. I knew it was going to be a great race with my buddy Kyle. It was an early morning, it was raining, but I didn’t care. I was ready.
The race started and it was so cool. I was cheering Matt on and blowing my air horn as we blazed through the streets of the ATL. We were so fast that the water station volunteers didn’t even have time to set up before we were flying past them.
Racing with KPF gives me a feeling of happiness that no other sport does. Running these races helps me to feel that I can do anything I set my mind to, and has helped to build self confidence that I had lost at one time.
All of the events and fundraising leading up to the main race on July 4th were amazing. We had such great support from our students, the KPF donors, and so many more people. It was truly incredible to be part of.
By the time a rainy July 4 morning rolled around, it almost seemed surreal, like the event was finally happening. We were so thrilled to be out there and I couldn't help but put a smile on my face happy to be a part of the race when it was clear that Justin and Kyle were ready to go and compete!
Even though the rain kept the crowd turnout pretty low over the early miles, we were amazed by the turnout at the Shepherd Center and toward the finish. I don't think I've ever pushed so hard in a race, and I was sore for a few days afterward, but reveled in all the fun and hard work put forth by everyone involved.
It was a truly special time for me and for all of us at Infinity Yoga. We are truly blessed to be part of such an amazing organization!
Saturday, July 11, 2015
which were donated to us by lululemon, The Shops Around Lenox. We wore red and blue and Team Infinity were attired in blue tops and maroon shorts.
Yoga, are so proud to be partnered with the Kyle Pease Foundation. Through our early beginnings we have had the opportunity to do events with KPF and every time we do they get better and better. Beyond the beneficent goals and all the great things that KPF does for athletes, we have gotten to know the organization's members and athletes in such an intimate and personal way and even our students and community have gotten involved."
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Among them was witnessing our youngest pusher when Lauren pushed her sister, Marin!! This was the equivalent of experiencing the birth of the next generation of KPeasey runners and made Brent and I feel like proud papas.
I refuse to let my disabilities stop me though as I attended public school for most of my academic life and attended Chattanooga Technical College, earning my associates degree in Technical Communications. I am planning to attend Kyle Pease's alma mater, Kennesaw State to earn my bachelors in Public Relations.
Matt: I've known Kyle for a few years having run into him at a few races. Most of the time I'd get smoked by the Peases and spend the rest of the race thinking about what they are doing and how super cool it is. After I heard that they completed their first Ironman, I decided to give pushing a shot.
It was a cold rainy day when Ricardo and I ran Publix. We were both soaked by the end but the triumphant bond that we shared was
super cool. I got lucky finding someone who is as competitive as Ricardo. When you meet someone like Ricardo, someone who is always positive, it keeps me positive. We participate in a little playful back and forth throughout the race and he helps push me up the hill emotionally while I'm trying to get us both up to the top physically. I'll tell you, it's hard work pushing, but with Ricardo's enthusiasm it's somehow a little easier.
I will never forget coming down Courtland Ave and Ricardo saw the gold dome of the Capitol for first time. He shouted, "Oh my God. It's right there". At that moment, I realized running with Ricardo isn't about the finish time. Without a question it is trading up. In many ways I feel a bit selfish, knowing that I get more out of this than Ricardo does.
Ricardo: If I impact somebody, I wouldn't necessarily know it, but I'm glad I am able to lend a hand, maybe not physically but emotionally. When I see a big crowd cheering us on, I thank them because I know they are sacrificing part of their day to cheer us on. The least I can do is say thank you.
And I'll never forget the feeling when Matt and I crossed the finish line together. I screamed, "Hey man, we did it."
Matt: We sure did, buddy. We did it.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Monday morning we walked the short two blocks to the race start and got settled in. IT WAS cold. Not exactly late spring air, but it was good for running. Someone had told us that the hills were tricky and that the altitude might be harder than we thought. Well they weren't kidding! By mile two, I felt like I was out of air completely! Kyle was pushing us along, willing us to get moving just a little quicker. The people of Boulder are very much into fitness and outdoor recreation so there was constant cheer along the road for us. The finish was super cool!
All in all it was great to be able to run together and we hope to get some of the KPF athletes out with us again next year!!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The 5K is part of the 32nd annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest, which is a non profit event with proceeds donated to neighborhood projects: park improvements, landscaping, public libraries & more. Highlights of Summerfest include the artist’s market with over 200 national artists, live music, food market, Kid’s Fest and of course the 5K Road Race & Tot Trot. Each year over 50,000 visitors attend Summerfest for one of the most memorable weekends of the year.
One of the coolest things we do as a foundation is awarding the Kyle Pease Foundation Family Grant that we award once per year to one very deserving family. This year will be no exception as we begin accepting applications for this extremely prestigious award. Previous winners include Sean Bates of Fort Worth Texas and Jessica Bryant Minton of Adairsville, GA. The KPF Grant allows winners to use funding to purchase equipment to assist them in racing.