by coach Bobby Garcia
Rogue has long understood the importance of investing in the Austin community. As the official marathon training partner of the 2010 Austin Marathon’s philanthropy program, 26 Miles for 26 Charities, Rogue is showing Central Texas that it lives here, runs here, and gives here. The philanthropy program provides nonprofits in Central Texas the opportunity to increase community awareness while raising money to support their missions. 25 Rogue Team Sole Survivors ran for and raised money for 12 nonprofit organizations.
To help his athletes reach their fundraising goals, Bobby Garcia, coach of the Rogue Team Sole Survivors and longtime community leader, came up with idea of raising money for his team’s charities through the sale of raffle tickets for prizes. But before any tickets were sold, it was important for the team to learn about the missions of the nonprofits and the motivations of the runners. Before the mid-week workout each week, one or two Sole Survivors would stand before the team to introduce themselves, talk about the nonprofit they represent, and share why they were supporting this particular nonprofit. Hearing directly from the athletes helped the whole team better understand the critical work done by nonprofits in Austin.
After everyone had shared their stories about why they were running for the nonprofits they chose, Coach Bobby sold raffle tickets for $10 each and hinted at the great prizes—a Sole Survivors Marathon Survivor Goody Bag, Rogue shirts, gloves, post-marathon massage, and the grand prize: a wine-and-food-pairing dinner party hosted by Margaret and Bobby Garcia. The 2009-2010 Rogue Team Sole Survivors raised $2000 through this raffle. Three lucky winners, each of whom represented a nonprofit, were drawn for the delicious grand prize. From that group of three non-profits, one was selected as the winner of the money raised from the raffle. The 2009-2010 winner of the Rogue Team Sole Survivors challenge is Colin’s Hope, an organization that creates and supports programs that aid in preventing children from drowning.
Sole Survivors also supported Girls on the Run of Austin, Blue Dog Rescue, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Hill Country Conservancy, Dell’s Children Medical Center of Central Texas, St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Austin Children’s Shelter, Live Strong Foundation, Glimmer of Hope Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, and Team Asha.