Hardly! When S.J. Sharkie came out on June 1, 2008 to the 9th Annual Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon at De Anza College in Cupertino, he proved he could swim (run and bike) with the best of them. In the past, Sharkie attended the event to cheer on the participants, but this year he was one of them. Following months of rigorous training, Sharkie took to the pool at 11:40 AM with the first heat of the 6 and under aged children.
The 25 yard swim was the first of three events that brought Sharkie through a 1 mile bike course and ¼ mile run on the university track to eventually cross the finish line. All participants received medals for their hard work and much praise from parents and volunteers.
The day was a major success with a turnout of more than 800 kids ages 4-15 coming to take part of the day’s activities. The goal of the event was to, “provide a day of triathlon for kids of all ages and abilities. This event emphasizes health, self-esteem, self-confidence and fun, in a safe, family-friendly environment. The Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon raises money for the Silicon Valley Children's Fund (http://www.svcf.org), a non-profit organization that benefits foster children here in Silicon Valley (http://www.svkidstri.org/).”
Silicon Valley Children’s Fund was founded 20 years ago by a group of committed community leaders with the support of dedicated Santa Clara County officials, as a public benefit (non-profit) partner of the County. Having initially raised $14 million to build the home-like Children’s Shelter that opened in 1995, the Children’s Fund continues to work as a catalyst and respected partner with public and private organizations to address the unfulfilled needs of foster youth.
For those Sharks fans who may wish to get involved with Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, there are several ways to assist:
~ Become a volunteer by helping with all aspects like Grant Writing, Auction Item Procurement, Marketing, Public Relations, Photography/ Videography, Graphic Design/ Layout, Event Planning, Event Staffing, and other office fields.
~Support the program financially. Donations are welcomed at any level from individuals, organizations, companies or foundations.
For more information on Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, to volunteer or make a donation, please visit http://www.svcf.org/ . For more information on Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon please visit http://www.svkidstri.org/.