The Story Begins

This is the story of 6 kids from Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood.  This is the story of 6 sets of fears and hesitations.  This is the story of 6 lives forever changed!

While East Garfield Park is one of Chicago’s most under-served and disadvantaged neighborhoods,  ranked at the top of the city for crime and drug use every year,  it is absolutely packed with brilliant and talented young students.  Our youth, however, are often limited by both seen and unseen barriers in their lives that are purely a product of the neighborhood we live in. 

For the past 10 years Breakthrough Urban Ministries has come alongside parents and educators in the community simply saying, “How can we help our kids overcome these obstacles?”  What we have found is that we can help the children in EGP best by providing; bible studies that can nurture their faith, an after school program that can improve their academic skills, and sports leagues that can expand their network and provide safe places in the community. 

These programs are continually helping students overcome some of the barriers before them, and now the Advanced Running Club is tackling the barrier of the “world-view”.  Whether you live in EGP or Barrington, we are all trapped by the walls of our own environment.   We don’t naturally see past our immediate surroundings and put our situation in the context of others…especially others that we are not familiar with. 

This is the story of 6 kids from EGP who are ready to have their world views rocked, and their opportunities in their own community highlighted! This is the story of 6 talented students from an under-served Chicago neighborhood working for their peers across the world who live in an even harder situation.  This is the story of Nick, She-she, Alesha, Tony, Cheyenne, and Ashley!  

We hope you follow their story…


11 responses to this post.

  1. I’m really looking forward to staying up to date with this group…good luck everyone!


  2. Yeah Bill! Pretty exciting stuff… Our first race is this Sunday May 1st at the Ravenswood 5k!


  3. Posted by Pam Funk on April 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    This is great! So excited to be able to keep up with these runners! Go Cheyenne! We are praying for you


  4. Posted by Melissa Hovey on April 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    As one of the girls mentors, a running coach and adult chaperone for the trip, I can’t tell you how excited I am to go and be a part of this. In addition to the girls/boys world’s being rocked, i know that mine will be as well. I have been blessed to know these young runners for over 2 years and have had the privilege of running with them on their first few races in Chicago, and now look where we are going! It will be an amazing journey from East Garfield Park, IL to South Africa and I can’t wait to see what relationshps develop and what God has in store for us, all of us!
    Melissa H.


  5. Posted by Russ Funk on April 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    This is such cool thing that the BT Runners are doing! Everyone I tell about it is way impressed! You all will have more ‘fans’ than you will ever know about.


  6. Posted by NICK JORDAN on April 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I cant wait for that 5k we are going to kill it.


  7. Posted by ashley on April 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    i am so proud of us. we could not of did this without Rusty Funk


  8. Posted by cheyenne Wilson on April 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Umm… I am very Proud of us running like we are! We need to keep up the good work, God Bless Yall!


  9. Posted by Joe Hofbauer on April 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    You guys are amazing! I’m so excited to track your progress through the blog and hear/read about your experiences. Keep up the inspiring work!


  10. Posted by Amy Coles on April 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    This is awesome Rusty/Running Team! I am super excited about you guys having a table at the May 20th event to see more of what you have been working on! Keep on keepin’ on!


  11. Posted by Kimberly on May 12, 2011 at 3:10 am

    It’s great to see the team. I look forward to the next season! Best wishes on your upcoming events in Africa! Let me know how I can help.


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