This month Meaghan Hobson of La Salle University will become the next athlete-in-residence fellow at NE Distance, the new community-based distance running project in New England. She will be moving to Woonsocket, RI to join the program by the end of this year. Meaghan possesses 55 second 400 meter speed and is looking to NE Distance to help her achieve a long sought goal of being nationally competitive in the mile.
Meaghan just completed her Masters degree in Education with an emphasis on Special and Elementary education. While training with the NE Distance team, she will be working part time in Woonsocket, Rhode Island with one of the Woonsocket After-school Coalition members. Meaghan will be moving into the Constitution Hill section of Woonsocket in an apartment developed by NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley.
“We are extremely excited to be adding Meaghan to the NE Distance team”, says Nich Haber, President and Founder of NE Distance. “We feel she has an incredible amount of drive and is going to be someone that sports fans of New England will be able to see as one of their own.”
Meaghan is thrilled to be a part of NE Distance’s inaugural year and believes that athletics has a significant role in community-building. “Growing up I never knew of any professional runners. They are very inspirational people and excellent role models for young kids. I have been fortunate enough to have some extremely positive role models in my life, help guide me to where I am now. I hope to work with students and have that same positive effect on them that I had in my life. Running was always a great outlet for me and opened many doors. I have learned over the years that it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you take yourself. And I am taking myself to Woonsocket.”
Bob Rothenberg, Board member of NE Distance, Inc. (former Head Coach of Track & Field, Brown University) – “The community aspect of this project is just as important as the athletic aspect. As our first athlete, David Goodman, has demonstrated, in the time when they are not training, our athletes can be community-builders working 16-20 hours a week with local youth. It truly is a win-win situation for everyone involved.”
People interested in supporting NE Distance can purchase tax-deductable “shares” in the team via their web site, www.nedistance.org. Shares are not redeemable like shares in a for-profit company. Shareholders are invited to the annual meetings to meet the athletes and vote on key decisions for the group.
About NE Distance: NE Distance, Inc. (www.nedistance.org) is a 501(c)(3) charity. A community-based distance running program funded by individuals in the running community. NE Distance provides a supportive environment for post-collegiate runners committed to representing their community and reaching a higher level of competition.
About NWBRV: NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (www.NeighborWorksBRV.org) is a nonprofit community development corporation that works with residents, businesses, and neighborhood institutions to enrich neighborhood life and make affordable housing opportunities available throughout Northern RI. With over 20 years of experience, the organization offers innovative programming that goes beyond bricks and mortar- including youth after school and summer academic and enrichment activities, financial fitness, credit and homebuyer education, foreclosure prevention, and much more.
About WASC: The Woonsocket After-School Coalition (woonsocketafterschool.org) supports individualized learning needs of youth by coordinating efforts among eleven organizations, families and schools to expand opportunities for success within the community and the world beyond.
Contact: Nicholas Haber at (646) 732-6066 and [email protected].