This year the Young Life Glow Run has a “Presenting Sponsor” for the first time. The Matt Schmidt Faith Foundation has jumped into that role. What’s incredibly special about this is that Matt Schmidt was originally a Young Life kid and eventually a Young Life Leader (see photos below). Matt passed away in a tragic car accident on March 30th of this year (obituary).
When Matt moved back to Green Bay, he reached out with interest around how he could reconnect with Young Life. God had been working in his life and he wanted to share his life with youth in Green Bay. We connected him to a young adult group who were exploring what it meant to be Young Life Leaders and he eventually stepped into the role of being a volunteer leader. He served in this role until his job needed him to work 2nd shift as a supervisor which conflicted with his being available to kids when they were out of school. Matt missed being in that role formally, but maintained an informal connection to Young Life both organizationally and with kids.
Matt’s family has shared with us that his favorite run of the year had become the Young Life Glow Run. Established in 2014 as an incredibly fun event that not only was a great time for participants, but created a space for Young Life kids to work and earn money toward their experiencing Young Life Camp themselves. Just like Matt had done in high school. While the race was an “untimed fun run” Matt was always pretty amped up and ran it so fast that he finished in the top couple spots both years. Matt had a gift for embracing what he cared about. He loved running and loved Young Life in Green Bay. The Glow Run was a great fit for him.
It’s an honor to have the Matt Schmidt Faith Foundation as our presenting sponsor for the Glow Run. We feel like it’s a natural partnership and will be part of carrying on Matt’s legacy. Matt made a big impact through his life and we are excited to see that impact continue through this awesome relationship.
Glow Run Details:
The run/walk/dance is June 18th, 2016 at 8:45pm. It starts at Green Bay’s City Hall and ends on the CityDeck by Hagemeister Park!
New this year ~ Youth Pricing ~ Kids 12 and under can register for just $15
Go to ylglowrungb.com for all the details and to register!
- Entry fee to Glow Run
- Event T-Shirt (see design on right)
- Complimentary beer or soda at the finish line
- Entry to the 101 WIXX After Party
Highlights for this year’s event include:
- Best Glow Group Contest ~ Win a Wing Party from Hagemeister Park
- DJ TeK is back again all the way from Minneapolis to spin the best dance music around
- Glow Accessory Giveaways
- Crossfit Green Bay Fitness Fun Zone ~ Earn glow accessories!
- New glow & music zones added to an updated course design so you experience even more fun!!
- Temporary Tattoos are back with a new design!!
- Start time of Glow Run moved to 8:45PM so we get even more glow power
And….we’re adding more every day!
The best part…100% of the proceeds from this event directly helps local Green Bay Area middle and high school kids so they can have “the best week of their lives” at Young Life Camp!