No Surrender Running Club is a program that believes that all youth have the potential within themselves to be successful and do great things in life. Some youth, especially urban youth, face many obstacles that can make success seem almost unattainable. No Surrender works directly with inner-city organizations well established within a community.
No Surrender serves youth that live in the Garfield Park neighborhood. We focus on the Garfield Park area because youth from this neighborhood face many struggles and difficulties in their everyday lives. For example, youth lose family members to deportation or gang violence. Random acts of voilence happen often. Virtually 100% of youth participating in NSRC from this neighborhood come from families that are at or below the poverty line, and the majority are from female-headed households. In addition, this area has one of the highest crime rates in Grand Rapids. This neighborhoold has very limited resources/ministries for youth outside of school.
Volunteers from local churches, running groups, and businesses train with youth to complete races that will take commitment, dedication, and hard work to be able to complete. NSRC participates in at least three races per year, ranging from a 5k to the Grand Rapids 10 mile Bridge Run.
“I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to
overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find
your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than
–Arthur Blank, businessman and runner