The Riverbrook YMCA was awarded a small grant which would provide a free triathlon training camp for youth which honors the memory of Chase Kowalski. Chase Kowalski was an amazing young man who was taken from us on 12/14/12 in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Chase’s heart was filled with love and he touched all of the people that he came into contact. He loved sports of all kinds and had an incredibly competitive spirit. In fact, Chase began running competitively at age 2 in track races. At age 6, Chase asked to be entered into his first triathlon – in his first ever competition, he took on the field and won his age group!
The Kowalski family wanted to capture Chase’s competitive spirit and vitality in creating a charity in his honor with a focus on health and wellness for children and their families. CMAK (Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski) Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation has pursued programs and initiatives that encourage personal improvement, healthy lifestyles and strong family and communities.
In remembrance of Chase Kowalski, “The Race For Chase” was formed- a Children’s triathlon training program to honor the life of Chase. The “Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon Program” is an exciting six week training program for children 6 to 14 years old. Qualified instructors train participants to Run, Bike and Swim to prepare for their first triathlon . 14 YMCA’s and 450 children across Connecticut will be participating in the race this year. We are so very excited to bring this program to the youth of Norwalk
Although funding for the program is limited, our hope is to continue the program next year and continue to expand it in years to come.