The Spike Classic is a 5k run/walk, founded in 2013 in honor of our beloved, Sam. In its first year, The Spike Classic successfully funded the creation of Georgetown Day High School’s track. This event celebrates our love for Sam and his endearing qualities—his compassion, generosity, tenacious spirit, and athleticism.
The Ninth Annual Spike Classic take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Fletcher's Cove Boathouse. For those of you who are unable to join in person, we will provide details so you can participate virtually in the coming weeks.
The 9th Annual Spike Classic
For the past nine years the Project Sam has joined forces with the nationally renowned organization, Active Minds. Active Minds was Incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization in late 2003. In ten years, the non-profit organization has grown into a well recognized entity in the field, led by a committed team of full time staff members, as well as a Board of Directors, National Advisory Committee and Student Advisory Committee. Featured on CNN, in The New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, and much more. Active Minds has become the voice of young adult mental health advocacy nationwide. With more than 400 campus chapters, hundreds of thousands of young adults all across the country are benefiting from the Active Minds model.
Active Minds is 11,000 students strong, and growing. It costs Active Minds $150 per student every year to train them to be mental health advocates, teaching peers how to take care of their mental health, to recognize signs of disorders in themselves and friends, and to connect to resources as soon as help is needed in order to save lives.
That funding goes to support every year:
-75 presentations by young adult members of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau, who are trained to tell their personal stories of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, post traumatic stress, and suicide attempts to college, high school, parent, and veteran audiences
-25 displays of Active Minds' acclaimed Suicide Awareness and Prevention Exhibit, Send Silence Packing, reaching 50,000 students with the visual depiction of the impact of student suicide and resources for speaking out and seeking help
And this year, it will also support additional trainings for students in transforming their campuses through advocating for policy changes such as holding mental health programming in freshman orientation, printing the national suicide prevention lifeline number on the back of every student ID card and more.
We are so excited to continue supporting Active Minds. For more information on the organization, click the "Active Minds" logo to the right.
We have been so moved by the turnout and support we have received over the last eight years.