Presented with check for $5,000 to help the program
Honolulu, HI (December 8, 2016) – The Aloha Cross Country Camp, Hawaii’s only XC summer camp for 8th-thru-12th graders, is the latest recipient of a Muscle Milk Recovery Grant.
Legendary Hawaii runner Jonathan Lyau, the founder and director of the Aloha Cross Country Camp, was presented with a $5,000 check from two-time Olympian marathoner Ryan Hall at the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running World Championship awards ceremony on Sunday, December 4.
“Eight years ago, I started the Aloha Cross Country Camp and I tried to keep it going as long as I could,” said Lyau, a Honolulu Marathon Hall of Famer and 17x Kama’aina Champion. “Hawaii is thousands of miles away from any kind of cross country camp and Hawaii had no camp at all. I thought we should support the kids of Hawaii and put one on here. Now, with the help of Muscle Milk I can keep it going and possibly even expand it.”
The donation will help Lyau provide athlete scholarships to deserving student-athletes in need.
“Perhaps one day one of these kids will become an XTERRA Trail Champion or even a great like Ryan Hall,” said Lyau. “We hope to inspire and motivate kids, and can’t thank Muscle Milk enough for helping us do that.”
In the last 8 years, the 5 day/4night Aloha Cross Country Camp has established itself as a premier summer camp for middle and high schoolers. It has developed a reputation of being able to provide students from different schools and ability levels a venue to run and learn about the sport together. Its goal is to develop the self-confidence, motivation, enjoyment, knowledge and planning necessary to succeed in the sport.
“I have personally experienced the power that a summer running camp can bring to a youth’s life,” said Hall, the American record-holder in the half-marathon. “On behalf of myself and everyone at Muscle Milk, we are stoked to present a check to the Aloha Cross Country Camp.”
Some students and staff from the Aloha Cross Country Camp were part of the check presentation and got to meet and greet Ryan Hall, including Jason Wang, Gabriel Tom, Hudson Lockette, Noah Wilson, Dane Isara, Kayla Almeida, and Susie Stephen.
Lyau has assembled a very qualified and experienced staff, including former and current competitive collegiate runners and coaches from various schools. It is held in super fun environment at Camp Erdman.
“If we can make running fun, then they have a better chance of continuing,” said Lyau. “Many lasting friendships have been made and many students repeat each year. Educating and inspiring our young runners is our passion and hope to continue to inspire and motivate the next generation.”
The 2017 Aloha Cross Country Camp will be held July 19-23. More information can be found on its website at www.alohacrosscountrycamp.com or by emailing alohaoutdoorsports [at] yahoo.com.
About the Muscle Milk Recovery Grant
The MUSCLE MILK® team awards grants to revitalize high school athletic departments around the country that demonstrate a financial need. The Muscle Milk Recovery Grant™ program helps athletic programs solve immediate needs like purchasing new uniforms, replacing broken equipment or restoring facilities in disrepair. Our commitment is to help student athletes unlock their potential by restoring pride in performance, providing foundational development in and outside of competition. To date, the Muscle Milk Recovery Grant™ program has impacted 63 high schools around the country with more than $750,000 in grants.