Chosen – Race Events
Benefit Races for Adoptive Families and Orphans Worldwide
It’s More Than a Race … and Chosen is Replicating in Cities Around the Country
Celebrating its sixth year, Chosen hosts sporting events to financially impact orphans & adoptive families and raise awareness of the 153 million orphans worldwide. Its purpose is to help children come into families, provide direct orphan care to those who are not adopted, and educate the community about the global orphan crisis, while Chosen transforms the world of Sports for the Kingdom of God. Competing for someone else’s victory is far more fulfilling than racing for ourselves!
Chosen benefit races for adoptive families and orphans worldwide operate as a ministry outreach of ABBA Fund, a partnership which provides guidance and financial accountability to Chosen operations, and manages the application and approval process for benefiting families. In its short history, Chosen events have already raised more than $1,200,000 in adoption and orphan assistance – visit the Chosen website (www.chosenmarathon.com) for all the latest information to register a team for one of the Chosen events.
Chosen’s Executive Director, Jenni Lord, explains the race this way, “In 2010, at our Inaugural race, I looked out at a sea of runners and felt like I was living inside a dream. More than 1,200 runners had gathered from 23 states & 3 countries to run for orphans and adoptive families. Pictures of orphans were pinned to runners back. Moms & dads ran with their adopted children. People who had never run any kind of race endured 13.1 miles to support someone else’s adoption and help bring a child home. It was spectacular!”
The Chosen model is very effective for adoptive families, using a combination of grants and loans to provide financial assistance. Adoptive families are allowed to put together teams to run and sponsor, and most of the registration fees go right back to the adoptive families in the form of a grant. In addition to adoptive families, churches with adoption assistance funds can also put together teams to start or build up their funds.
Funds raised by Chosen not directly associated with a team are put into the Chosen Adoption Fund with ABBA Fund and used to provide interest-free adoption loans and grants to Christian families approved through the ABBA Fund process. The Chosen team also prayerfully selects a small group of orphan care projects to assist.
Check out the history of Chosen’s impact at www.chosenmarathon.com!