By Kara Goucher
November 2nd was an amazing day for those supporting Clean Sport. The Clean Sport Collective launched, and it was exciting scrolling through my social feeds and seeing literally thousands of people who had taken their charter pledge. The pledge is available to be taken at anytime, and the Clean Sport Collective is a welcoming organization, they want everyone who supports clean sport to have a voice and a community.
While awareness was the first step, soon the next phase will begin in 2017. Fundraising for clean sport will support each of its 4 positive lanes of change. The 4 lanes are awareness, testing, industry advocacy, and restoration. As we look into the new year, the founders of Clean Sport Collective will be raising funds in order to donate money for more drug tests to be carried out in competitions, educating the youth about the dangers of drug use, and giving scholarships to those who have gone down the wrong path and want to change their lives. The goal of the Clean Sport Co is to be a helper in moving sport away from doping controversies and help share stories of change and clean athletes.
Clean Sport Co is open to anyone who wants to be a part of it. It is open to any ideas and suggestions on how to further promote clean sport in a positive way. I was fortunate to sit in on board meeting a few weeks ago, and I was thrilled to see and hear the next steps they want to accomplish and the action they hope to take.
As an athlete who has dedicated my life to a sport that has had and continues to have plenty of doping scandals, I can’t describe how hopeful this makes me feel. Amateurs, fans, and brands can come together to create positive change. Instead of talking about it, let’s do something about it; let’s create power together. Take the pledge today and stay tuned for ways to support the Clean Sport Co to truly make a difference. We are all in this together, and together we can make change.
Here’s to a clean 2017 and beyond! Let’s shake it up.
Standing with you,
Kara Goucher is a professional runner, proud mother and loving wife. She graduated from the University of Colorado with three Division I NCAA championships in cross-country, the 3000m and 5000m. She is a two-time Olympian, an American record holder, World Championships bronze medalist, and one of the most accomplished female distance runners of all time. In addition to her professional resume, Kara is a proud partner to Oiselle, Skechers, Nuun, Zensah and Addaday. You can visit her website, karagoucher.com, or follow her on social media @karagoucher where she regularly interacts with her readers.