I’m not an idea person. But thankfully, I am surrounded by people who are. I’m a “get it done” person. So, nothing about Team Orphans was my idea. That’s ok. When someone gives me an idea, I can run with it- literally! The name Team Orphans came from my massage therapist, Char Sweat. I was lying face down on her table in a great conversation sometime in the summer of 2011. We usually chat the whole hour. I love the uninterrupted time with my friend, but conversation also distracts from pain. I know that the pain from an hour of knots being forced out of my muscles brings good results. That particular day, I received more than a massage. Char and I bounced around names and she came up with Team Orphans.
The concept of Team Orphans actually came from our marriage counselor. Tom and I went in to talk about how to strengthen our marriage, how to work through parenting difficulties, and how to communicate better. I received more than just marriage advice that day too! At that time, I had finished two big races and had raised about $18,000 for Brittany’s Hope. As we talked about my ironmans, passion for orphans, and future direction, he suggested, “I think you need to think bigger. Why not start a nation wide ministry?” There is was, the idea for Team Orphans. Once again, it was not my idea, but here it is.
My friend, Danni Krooswyk, came up with the idea for the Crazy Cycling Day fundraiser that we held last November. We raised over $3,000 in our first event. My husband, Tom, had the idea for organizing a Team Orphans 5K. Even though I initially resisted, now we’re 6 weeks away from the Team Orphans Cookie 5K and handing out hundreds of homemade cookies for promotions. Aaron Fogleman at Brittany’s Hope designed our cool logo with kids running behind the bright blue and yellow words. Germaine Hart, a friend from church, suggested that I should ask a local printer for support. I asked, and he printed 10,000 brochures last year and 7,000 postcards this year. Another friend, Emily Davis, suggested that she do fundraiser jewelry shows with her Premier Designs business. Another great idea- one that raised over $2,500 for Team Orphans.
Come to think of it, before I ever ran my first 5K in 2007, it was my husband’s idea for me to try running! I resisted GREATLY, but he was right- it was cheap, great cardio exercise, and much more portable than swimming.
So here I am turning everyone else’s ideas into reality. I am forever grateful for the“idea people” in my life. As long as they keep giving me ideas, I’ll do my best to RUN WITH IT!
* The title of this blog is, of course, not my idea. Thanks, Tom!