The Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge was one of five local organizations to receive a total of $10,000 in grant funding on Friday.
The five grants were presented by Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon through its Community Contribution Program, a press release said. The grants support healthy living in East Tennessee, the press release said.
Besides Free Medical Clinic, grant recipients include Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville, Knoxville Sled Bears, Bike Elf, and PJ Parkinson’s.
“These five programs make a difference in the community’s overall health and well-being” Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Race Director Jason Altman said. “Reinvesting in our community is part of the mission of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, and we applaud these groups for the work they do every day to encourage a better quality of life.”
Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville received $3,000 for its “Limitless Potential” campaign, which provides scholarships at schools that serve at-risk children. The scholarships are used for enrollment of girls in grades 3-8 in a transformational youth development and physical activity program, the press release said.
The Knoxville Sled Bears received $2,600 to help provide individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to play hockey and engage in a team sport. The funds will be used to purchase the necessary equipment, the release said.
Bike Elf received $1,750 to help provide bicycles to children and young adults in East Tennessee who might not otherwise have access to one, the press release said. The funds will cover the cost of parts and materials to refurbish donated bicycles.
Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge received $1,650 to help support its “Healthy Habits, Healthy Lives” program. The funds will provide participants with wellness resources and participation incentives and help cover the cost and supplies of smoking cessation classes, the press release said.
PJ Parkinson’s Support Group of Blount County received $1,000 to support its ballroom dance class initiative for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and those facing dementia, the release said. The group partners with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide the classes to adults free of charge.
In addition to the Community Contribution Program, the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon partners with several local charities, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, and Knox Area Rescue Ministries.
The Covenant Health Marathon and the Knoxville Track Club have a longstanding history of giving back to the community. From 2005 to 2018, a total of $170,000 has been donated to support projects, including the placement of mile markers along local city and county greenways, the addition of trails in South Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, and a golf cart to patrol and clean the greenways, the press release said. Past grant recipients include KnoxCounty Schools, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, YWCA Knoxville, The Muse Knoxville, and Sunshine Ambassadors.
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the encouragement of physical well-being through running and walking. For more information, visit www.knoxvillemarathon.com.
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