The youth of America are the present and the future of our country and deserve every opportunity to succeed.
To provide homeless and at risk youth of America with the tools and support they need to rebuild their lives by funding organizations best able to make a difference.
All children are created equal.
Individuals want to be able to take care of themselves but don't always have the tools to do so.
Individuals are intrinsically good.
There are many worthy organizations that exist in America, making a tremendous difference in the lives of young people.
There is a tremendous long term benefit to investing in the development and support of our vulnerable youth.
Raise $100 million for 501(c)3 organizations involved with homeless and at-risk youth.
Use the money raised to fund current programs as well as set aside amounts for future needs.
The board of tellman.org will review requests from non-profit organizations and programs serving homeless and at-risk youth and make grants based on the organization's needs and effectiveness, tempered by the availability of funds to meet the requests.
Tellman Knudson is embarking on a 3,200 mile, trans-continental run from New York to LA, barefoot to draw attention to and raise money for homeless and at-risk youth. Tellman starts his run on September 9, 2009 in NYC's Battery Park and will finish on the Santa Monica Pier in California. RunTellmanRun is supported by a 9 member crew, all paid for by Tellman Knudson personally. No funds raised will be used to offset any of the expenses of the run. Instead, 100% of all proceeds will go directly to tellman.org and distributed to worthy, partner beneficiaries.
3,200-Mile Barefoot Charity Run to Step Off Wednesday, September 9 in New York.
Tellman Knudson to run barefoot from New York to L.A. to raise $100 million to help homeless youth.
Press conference begins at 8:30 a.m. One-mile fun run planned for 8:45 a.m., September 9.
BRATTLEBORO, Vt., August 24, 2009 - History will be made in lower Manhattan on 9/9/09.
Tellman Knudson will launch his 3,200-mile, barefoot journey across America on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 in New York City's Battery Park with a one-mile fun run along the Esplanade. The event is the first of several stops along his trans-continental trek to raise 100 million dollars for homeless youth. Knudson chose Battery Park as his starting point with the Statue of Liberty as the backdrop. "I wanted to include this incredible symbol of liberty, support and acceptance. It is what so many young people need, and something I hope I can give them through my efforts," said Knudson. Knudson will begin his record-setting run at 8:45 a.m. following a press conference at 8:30 a.m. that will feature representatives of the New York City mayor's office, a professor from Columbia University's School of Social Work, and Knudson himself. The purpose of the press conferences is to bring attention to the plight of vulnerable youths and what Knudson's run will do to help address it. "I'm doing this to challenge myself and to raise money to help struggling young people, " said Knudson. "This cause is dear to me, so to get people's attention I'm running barefoot."
Approximately 200 individuals have run across the continental United States, but no one has ever attempted it barefoot. "Oh yeah, people call me crazy all the time. Plus, look at me. I look like Forrest Gump with no shoes on," said Knudson. "But the only way to accomplish incredible things is to set really ambitious goals." Knudson is inviting runners and walkers of all shapes and sizes to join him on a one-mile fun run before he starts his 3,200-mile journey. This "prologue" starts at the North Cove Marina in Battery Park city and runs along the beautiful esplanade before looping back to finish at the Marina. Participants are encouraged to arrive at 8:00 a.m. to register and join the press conference before joining the run. "Bring shoes if you'd like," said Tellman. "No one expects you to run barefoot. But if you do, that's awesome!"
About Tellman Knudson: Tellman Knudson, 31, is a serial entrepreneur who has had great success in internet marketing. He is CEO of OvercomeEverything, ListBuildingClub and several other ventures. Tellman learned to leverage his ADHD, a condition that hinders many, to his creative and financial benefit. He has even been CEO of a busy hypno-therapy practice. Tellman overcame femoral antiversion, a debilitating leg condition, to compete on his high school cross country running team, setting several school records and competing for the New Hampshire state championship. Tellman resides in Vermont with his wife and long-time partner, Jodi Meehan, and toddler son, Torgor.
About RunTellmanRun: Tellman Knudson seeks to be the first person to run across America barefoot. He begins his 3,200-mile journey in Battery Park, New York on September 9th and heads west, running the equivalent of one marathon a day. The route follows historic Route 66 for much of the way, with stops in Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Phoenix and finishing on the pier in Santa Monica, California. About Teenage Homelessness: Over two million youth (between the ages of 12 and 24) will experience at least one episode of homelessness each year and over 100,000 youth sleep on the street for 6 months or more in America. The vast majority of homeless, street-dependent youth will experience amplified risk of exposure to physical assault, rape, sexual exploitation, recruitment into gangs, and deepening mental health illnesses. Tellman Knudson has set a goal of raising $100 million dollars to help create the programs to reduce the risk these youth face on a daily basis, help get them off the streets, and rebuild their lives. Two hundred or so runners have successfully run across the continental United States. Most ran for a cause, others for just the challenge. Tellman Knudson has taken on a $100 million dollar mission to help homeless and at-risk youth. He is dedicated to reaching this goal, like he has been in reaching goals his entire life.
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