The DMSE Children's Fitness Foundation
The DMSE Children's Fitness Foundation was founded in 2003 by Dave McGillivray to support non-profit organizations that use running to promote physical fitness in children and help solve the epidemic of childhood obesity.
During his career, McGillivray has helped countless organizations raise millions of dollars for causes, including Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Children's Hospital, The Lazarus House and others. The Foundation was created as a way to carry on that legacy of giving while improving the health and enriching the lives of area children.
In 2010, the DMSE Foundation turned its focus towards creating its own "in-house" program to promote healthy bodies and healthy minds among Boston-area youths and launched RUNNING IN PLACES, an innovative program for public school students that combines the benefits of physical activity with visits to educational destinations throughout the greater Boston area.
Destinations are chosen for their combination of fitness resources and educational opportunities. For example, last fall the program coordinated a run along the Charles River Esplanade, and students enjoyed a visit to Boston’s Museum of Science.
The motivational program is designed to help public school children learn the importance of physical fitness, self-esteem, peer respect and education.
The Running in Places program features supervised runs/walks of 1-2 miles designed to accommodate the full range of fitness levels. The focus is on participation instead of competition, making all students winners. FMI, visit www.dmsefoundation.org/running-in-places.