For the third year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 15. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP!
Runner: George Lobaton
Longest run to date: 2009 Chicago Marathon
Favorite song to listen to while running: I’m a music lover! I listen to all kinds but when it comes down to it, house/techno music just gets the blood flowing and the legs cranking up to another level.
Favorite post-run snack: Banana and a tall glass of chocolate milk!
- What inspired you to run the 2013 Boston Marathon for MMP? A great friend of mine (Chris Collier) who volunteers as a Big Brother ran the 2012 Marathon for MMP. We believe in MMP’s values and what it stands for and want to help as much as possible. The reason I’ve selected to support MMP is because of their vision for improvement in the lives of youths in local communities. From being a mentee my junior year in high school (Brockton High School) to becoming a mentor my senior year for incoming freshman, I understand the benefit of having resources and MMP is there to provide and assist when needed. Mass Mentoring provides resources to organizations that support our students, and trains people to serve these kids in a way that benefits both mentor and mentee. In order for all to enjoy and receive as much help from MMP, we need to push forward and raise as much money for a great cause! From raising money for kids on St. Patrick’s Day in South Boston, to helping out in soup kitchens while in college, I’ve always believed in giving back, especially for the kids!
- What has been the most rewarding experience of your training and/or fundraising so far? Being able to interact with different people whom I’ve never met and receiving donations on their behalf. Family and friends have also started to contribute and they’re passing the word around on my behalf!
- What is your experience with mentoring? In my junior year in high school I decided to break apart from the “bad crowd” and enrolled in college prep courses and got involved a program (HERO/ STEP) guiding students who would the first generation in their household to go to college. It was, by far, the best choice I made in high school. The help and guidance that our mentors gave was so overwhelming that the following year I became a mentor for newcomers. I am currently involved with Boston Cares.
- What do you think is the most important thing a mentor can do for a child? I believe there are two things a mentor can do for a child. First is to listen. Listen to what the child wants, needs or cherishes. Listen to what difficulties and obstacles the child has to endure on an everyday basis. After listening, the mentor must provide, whether it’s by giving or lending a hand to the child or letting that child know that you’re there to comfort them in the time of need.
- What is the best piece of advice a mentor can give? Take two steps forward and never give up.
- Complete this sentence: When I finish the Marathon, I will feel…Relieved! Knowing the time and effort behind raising money and training for the Marathon was worth it!
If you would like to read more about George or make a donation to his fundraising, please visit http://www.razoo.com/story/Georgie-S-Run-Back-To-Boston