Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community celebrated with their 6th Annual Roots of Prevention Awards Breakfast: There were four awards: The Youth & Families Award to Flynn Youth Programs, DG Weaver Award to Burlington High School teachers Beth Evan & Suzy King and the University of Vermont – Living Well – Education and Outreach Services received the Outstanding Program. Last but surely not least, RunVermont’s Junior Youth Relay Head Coach, Scott LaMothe, was recognized as the Outstanding Individual for his work in the Junior Youth Relay Program. Prior to this LaMothe was inducted into the RunVermont Hall of Fame in 2007 for his contributions to JYR where he has volunteered as a coordinator and coach since 2002.
JYR is for youth ages 11 – 16, where kids and their leaders make a commitment to come and engage in marathon training once or twice a week, depending on their choice to run the 3 -5 or 2 person relay as part of the Vermont City Marathon. Through group and individual work, they learn about training, self-esteem, setting realistic goals, nutrition, diversity, perseverance all while having fun. The JYR experience is life changing for some and just simply fun and exciting for others. These results have come from the commitment Scott and the other leaders have put into connecting with these young people. RunVermont thanks Scott and everyone who is involved in making this a successful and rewarding program. You’ve made a difference.