Camp Shriver an Official Charity Partner of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon

Center for Social Development and Education | June 02, 2017
Team Camp Shriver

Team Camp Shriver

Raise significant funds and increase awareness of the importance of inclusion.

Camp Shriver at UMass Boston is proud to be named an Official Charity Partner of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Each team member will raise $3,500 to support Camp Shriver, a fully inclusive recreational program for children with and without disabilities. The race will take place on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 team.

“Camp Shriver is thrilled to partner with the TCS New York City Marathon as an official charity partner,” said Gary Siperstein, director of the Center for Social Development and Education, which hosts Camp Shriver at UMass Boston. “The TCS New York City Marathon provides a dynamic platform for our dedicated charity runners to raise significant funds and, more importantly, increase awareness of the importance of inclusion for children with and without disabilities in sports and recreation. We are looking forward to supporting and celebrating our runners throughout their memorable journey, and are forever appreciative of their fundraising efforts that help ensure that all children have a chance to learn and play—as equals.”

More than 350 official charity partners will be part of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. In 2016, 9,000 charity runners raised $36.1 million during the marathon on behalf of hundreds of not-for-profit organizations in New York City and across the nation. Since the inception of the official charity partner program in 2006, $235 million has been raised.

Team Camp Shriver members will train for the TCS NYC Marathon with support from Rick Muhr, a veteran running coach with over 20 years of experience. Members will receive individual fundraising support from a development professional, group training runs, Team Camp Shriver running gear, and more. In 2016, Team Camp Shriver members raised over $20,000 for inclusive programming for children with disabilities.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Camp Shriver as an official charity partner of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon,” said Michael Rodgers, vice president of development and philanthropy for New York Road Runners. “Participants in our official charity partner program run for causes that are important to them, while raising critical funds that directly impact hundreds of charity organizations. We are inspired by the thousands of runners who take part in this program and wish them all the best as they begin their incredible journeys to the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.”

The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon will feature a world-class American and international professional athlete field, charity runners, and thousands of runners of all ages and abilities. More than 10,000 volunteers help to support participants across the 26.2-mile race route, which touches each of New York City’s five boroughs and is lined with more than one million neighbors and guests.

The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon will be broadcast live locally on WABC-TV, Channel 7, and nationally on ESPN2.

About the TCS New York City Marathon
The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the largest marathon in the world. Over 1,100,000 people have finished the race since its first running in 1970 with just 127 entrants and 55 finishers running four laps around Central Park. The race expanded to all five boroughs in 1976 and just celebrated its 40th year as a five-borough affair. Held annually on the first Sunday of November, the race features over 50,000 runners including the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. Participants from approximately 125 countries tour the city, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and running through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before ending in Manhattan. The NYRR Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon covered 1.8 miles of the race course in Central Park, beginning near mile 24 and finishing at the famed TCS New York City Marathon finish line. More than one million spectators and thousands of volunteers line the city streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the television broadcast in 175 countries and territories, including viewers in the New York area on WABC-TV, Channel 7, nationally on ESPN2, and via various international broadcast partners. The race is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which features the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York—and crowns the top professional male and female marathoners each year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. The 47th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 5, 2017. To learn more, visit  

About Camp Shriver at UMass Boston
For the past decade, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed more than one thousand children, half with and half without intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8-12, from low income families in the Boston area to a free inclusive summer sports camp. Camp Shriver serves an equal number of children with and without disabilities so that all children can play, learn, and interact in meaningful ways with their peers. Camp Shriver’s mission is to use sports as a vehicle to bring children with and without disabilities together so that they have the opportunity to develop their motor and social skills, create positive peer relationships and make new friends. Children with and without disabilities are served year round through Camp Shriver’s Saturday Camp program. To learn more, visit

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