Turkey Trot Goes Off Early
Annual Race Benefits Local Charities
The Sharks Foundation's partnership with San Jose's annual Turkey Trot went off on Thanksgiving morning. Sharksradio play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky and S.J. Sharkie were in attendance to start the 10K race at 7:50 a.m. The race also had a festival at Arena Green in Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose.
There were events to choose from in the 5K and 10K runs and walks, along with a kid’s fun run. Elite runners, joggers and walkers enjoyed the downtown San Jose course, which was flat, fast and flowed through neighborhoods and business areas. The first 15,000 registered participants received 2010 branded t-shirts.
The Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is in its sixth year and the total amount given to charity exceeded $1 million last year. Participants supported the Santa Clara Health Foundation, the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County. These charities provide families with their most basic needs for “health, hope and a home.”
ABOUT THE SHARKS FOUNDATION
The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in our community with an emphasis in the areas of Education, Heath and Safety, and Character Development. The Sharks Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need. Although the San Jose Sharks and the Sharks Foundation support a variety of community programs on various levels, we feel that the key to the long-term well-being of our community is our youth.
The San Jose Sharks are as deeply involved with the neighborhood we live in as we are with the game that we play. As role models, we feel responsible to give back to the community that so strongly supports us.
To this end, the Sharks Foundation was created in 1994 in an effort to increase our organizational impact on Santa Clara County. With the help of Sharks players, coaches and staff, the Sharks Foundation invests in the community with the hope of enhancing the lives of our youth. It quickly evolved and expanded beyond its original charter and has since donated over $4.1 million to more than 85 local beneficiaries. During the 2009-10 season, its contribution to local youth programs and organizations totaled $256,898 through monetary grants. In addition to the original grant program, the Sharks Foundation manages educational programs, hosts major fundraisers, executes pledge programs and implements community outreach events.