In a Youth Sports Landscape Where Competition is King, Run4Fun Inspires Those Who Just Want to Play

An interview with Run4Fun founder Nicoletta Nerangis on why & how she developed a program to build character and community for kids without the pressure to win trophies.

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“He said, ‘No, Mama, but if you do it — if you start the running team — then I’ll join it.’

That was the ‘Aha’ moment.”

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Run4Fun participants and coach-mentors in New York City
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Nerangis and her son, Panagiotis

“Many kids in our program have these challenges, and some do want to take part in competitive sports, but most just love to play and be active. If it weren’t for the element of play and fun in the athletic activities, then they likely would not participate.”

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Run4Fun participants at the David Bowie exhibit in Brooklyn

“I believe that data drives growth and positive change and is incredibly valuable in clearly communicating the positive impact we are having in young people’s lives socially and emotionally through sport.”

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Run4Fun participants on a street art-themed walk/run in Brooklyn, New York City

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Athlete, artist, writer. Content Marketing Manager at @cerego. Twitter: @bryankitch

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