We are in shock. Coach Adam is the reason for so much of TFK's success and often, the number one reason to return to TFK as an alumni. He has taught us to believe in ourselves while we achieve extraordinary goals. The signatures below represent our unhappiness with the NYRR's decision to separate Coach Adam from the TFK program.
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LISA NILSEN 1987, United States7 years ago
Jeffrey Carlson, United States8 years ago Comments: Coach Adam is a very important part of TFK. Not only is he a coach-extraodinaire, he has inspired the expansion of the TFK mission beyond the official multi-million dollar fundraising scheme. The core of NYRRF mission, I know as a coach and teacher in an NYC school, is to improve the health, lives and academic success of children who are tragically underserved. Yes, money for NYRRF is necessary. But the TFK team, under the stewardship of Coach Adam, has grown to recognize having adults to support youth running and fight cuts in physical education is also important. Exemplar members of TFK, like Dave Edwards and Alan Gardner, who have expanded the purview of TFK to organizing races and putting running shoes on kids feet are extrodinary people in their own right. Yet, as close team members to both and others, I know their motivation for their deep commitment is firmly rooted in Coach Adam's inspired leadership. I'm saddened by the lost of Coach Adam, and subseqent members, to the TFK family. I'm confused why a successful figurehead would, apparently, be dismissed with such flippancy. I'm concerned that a fertile community devoted to the mutlifacited development of children will become a cash-cow. My commitment is to the kids of New York. I believe that TFK can fulfill this commitment still, but my trust that it will is in jeopardy. I recognize I do not know the circumstances of Coach Adam's "resignation." I do recognize that Coach Adam was a big part of completing my first marathon in '04
Amy Peng, United States8 years ago
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