Community Contribution Program
2021 CHKM Community Partner is Emerald Youth Foundation!
The Knoxville Track Club and the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Advisory Council are pleased to announce that the 2021 CHKM Community Partner will be Emerald Youth Foundation. Our partnership will support the Emerald Force Track Program, the only urban youth-serving track program in Knoxville.
The Knoxville Track Club (KTC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The annual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is KTC’s primary fundraiser. To help produce this event, KTC relies on the partnership of many like-minded community partners. We received applications from organizations that have a mission of community wellness, fitness, and/or engaging youth in athletics. We were overwhelmed with the number of quality applications that we received. The committee had a difficult decision determining which organization to select, however, ultimately chose Emerald Youth Foundation. To learn more about Emerald Youth Foundation, click here.
Since 2005, KTC has donated over $240,000 to local non-profits through the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon’s community contribution program, and we are excited about our 2021 partnership with Emerald Youth Foundation.
2020 Community Contribution Program (recipients pictured below)
On May 5, 2021, we presented Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center with a check for $6,250 for their Innovative Recreation Cooperative (IRC) program. The Patricia Neal IRC reflects its name in its philosophy. Innovation is new and creative ways in which individuals with a disability are able to participate. Recreation is the medium that is used to enhance education and awareness of the participants. Cooperative is the group of individuals who support, nurture, and mentor using their expertise and talents to make the clinic a success. Together, each clinic is an innovative form of recreation using a cooperative of talents. Their Goal is to remove all the barriers to develop each individual’s right to self-directed leisure for a healthier lifestyle.
Pictured left to right: David Black, KTC Executive Director; Christy Williams, Director of Therapies for PNRC; Al Kaye, Patricia Neal IRC Program Coordinator; Dr. Mary Dillon, Medical Director of PNRC; Jason Altman, CHKM Race Director
On May 7, 2021, we presented Emerald Youth Foundation with a check for $12,500 toward their Emerald Force Track Program. This is the only urban youth-serving track program in Knoxville.
Emerald Youth Foundation endeavors to help young people become involved in a faith community, as well as provide service to others; graduate with the skills needed for college, career, and life; be better connected with friends, family, and other adults living inside and outside their neighborhoods; and reduce risky behaviors and develop healthy habits.
Pictured left to right: David Black, KTC Executive Director; Maria Panizo, EYF Grants & Foundations Director; Sanford Miller, EYF Director of Sports Ministry & FCA Urban Outreach; Britton Leitch, EYF Performance Training Director; Jason Altman, CHKM Race Director
Although 2020 was the seventh year for the Community Contribution Program, the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and the Knoxville Track Club have a long-standing history of reinvesting in the community. From 2005 – 2020, $190,500 has been contributed to support projects such as mile markers for local city and county greenways, land acquisition and building trails in South Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, and a golf cart to patrol and clean the greenways. Past recipients include East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Legacy Parks Foundation, Young-Williams Animal Center, Ijams Nature Center, YWCA of Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley, Knox County Schools, The Muse Knoxville, Knoxville Family Justice Center, Survivor Fitness Foundation, Tennessee Beauty Hunters, and Keep Knoxville Beautiful. An additional $49,581 has been given to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center Innovative Recreation Cooperative, which encourages people with disabilities to pursue leisure and sports activities including hand cycling, which is one of the races in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.
In addition to our Community Contribution Program, we are proud to partner with the following charities for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.
Boys & Girls Club: We are proud to have supported the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley since 2007. Extra medals and shirts are donated to the BGCTV for awards and prizes for the children. To learn more about them, please click below.
Second Harvest Food Bank: Every year after the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, we donate excess food and drinks to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. To learn more about Second Harvest, click below.
Knox Area Rescue Ministries: Every year after the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, we donate leftover clothing food at the start line or along the course to Knox Area Rescue Ministries. To learn more about KARM, click below.