On Thursday morning, Olympic champion Andre De Grasse returned to his former school in Markham, Ont., to celebrate the homecoming of his Olympic gold and donate $25,000 to Kids Help Phone charity through the Run With Me! virtual challenge and the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation.
The purpose of the Run With Me! virtual challenge was for all participants to run 400 metres each week for eight weeks. They were instructed to upload their progress on social media to help raise funds for Kids Help Phone. The challenge is designed to encourage participants to get out for physical activity to improve their physical and mental health.
“I didn’t realize how much of an impact this challenge would have across Canada. I’m excited and overwhelmed,” De Grasse said to Athletics Canada. “Mental health is a huge issue, and it is very important during this pandemic. I wanted to partner with a company that was genuine and authentic to my brand, and Kids Help Phone was an easy decision.”
The Run With Me! virtual challenge will continue to promote the power of sport and physical activity through athletics. “Every athlete has the power to improve the world around you with perseverance, a sense of community and genuinely caring for others,” De Grasse says.