Bank of America continually looks for ways to grow and develop our relationships with our partners and is delighted to support Year Up and their students in the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K.
Paul Lambert, Chicago Market President
Bank of America
Jack Crowe, executive director of Year Up Chicago, is no newcomer to the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K. After all, he’s run it alongside his family for the last 24 years. This year’s race promises to be even more memorable for Crowe as it will give him the opportunity to run alongside a special group of students.
The students are participants in the Year Up program, a nonprofit that works to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
Joining Year Up in May 2015, Crowe felt it was important to go above his day-to-day role as the external market leader for the organization and make close connections with the young adults participating in the program. Knowing the benefits an active lifestyle brings, he decided to start a weekly running group with the students. For the first run, only a handful of students showed up, but as word spread among the students, the run now draws more than 20 participants each week.
“Our group brings together fast runners and slow runners alike,” said Crowe. “It’s really great to see the faster runners provide support and encouragement to the younger runners. This program is something everyone can be a part of each week.”
The partnership runs deep
Bank of America has been a longtime supporter of Year Up at both the local and national levels. As a corporate partner, the bank regularly provides students with corporate internships to help prepare them for their futures. The bank also announced in December 2015 that it had selected Year Up Chicago as a 2015 Bank of America Neighborhood Builder. Through the program, Bank of America is providing leadership development resources and $200,000 in flexible funding intended to help increase Year Up’s capacity and impact in the Chicago area community.
Hearing about the success of Crowe’s running program and the encouragement it fosters, Bank of America chose to donate 20 running slots to Crowe and his team to participate in the 2016 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K.
"We are very excited to give Year Up students the opportunity to participate in the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K,” said Paul Lambert, Chicago Market President, Bank of America. “We continually look for ways to grow and develop our relationships with our partners each and every day and are delighted to support Year Up and their students in this exhilarating, fun-filled Chicago event.”
Running to make a greater connection with the city
When they enter Year Up’s program, many students are disconnected from the opportunities that Chicago has to offer. Through the unique experiences provided, these young adults leave Year Up with greater self-esteem and recognizing the potential they have. “By connecting our students to a premier running event like the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, we are helping our students arrive at the realization that they can be a part of this city,” said Crowe. “I cannot wait to see their smiling faces as they cross the finish line and celebrate this achievement with them.”