Making an Impact
Getting involved is a big step. Sport Management major and women’s soccer team player, Allie Becker ’23, hit the ground running by participating in the IMPACT York scholarship program and volunteering for the Girls on the Run 5K. As part of IMPACT York, she worked with Championship Community Center, an afterschool program offering various activities for local children.
“We’re trying to get kids off the street and realize there’s more to the city,” she says. Last December, Becker and her classmates cheered on the participants in the Girls on the Run 5K. She says, “Just seeing girls’ faces, smiles, and knowing that they were having a good time made it all worth it.”
She didn’t just stand and cheer. Becker noticed a young girl named Sydney near the back. “I ran out to her and said, ‘Let’s go, let’s run this out!’ ” They ran to the finish line and waited for the girl’s mom. It turned out this was Sydney’s first 5K and Becker made it unforgettable.
The pair have reconnected since and Sydney shared that, “Allie is so positive, she made me feel special that day. The 5K was a little challenging, but I did it and felt powerful.”