Mercy Project started the BCS Marathon in 2011. Mercy Project’s founder/executive director, Chris Field, and his staff put on the race each year.
Mercy Project, based in Bryan/College Station, is working to eradicate child slavery in Ghana, Africa. To do this, they are implementing economic development projects in various villages and communities in Ghana where an estimated 7,000 children work as modern day slaves. These new economic opportunities give an alternative to the forced child labor present today. To learn more, visit www.mercyproject.net.
Scotty’s House Child Advocacy Center
Since 1995, Scotty’s House has provided hope and healing to the most severely abused children in the Brazos Valley. Scotty’s House provides a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases. The only agency of its kind in the Brazos Valley, Scotty’s House removes barriers to treatment and enhances criminal prosecution with public and private agencies including Brazos Valley law enforcement, Child Protective Services, and the District Attorney’s Offices. Proceeds received from this event are used to provide forensic interviews, forensic medical exams, and direct therapy services for the children of the Brazos Valley. Everyone that participates in the BCS Marathon and Half Marathon has a part in an abused child’s journey of hope and healing.
Brazos Valley Food Bank’s Backpack Program
The Brazos Valley Food Bank’s backpack program provides food for children over the weekend in a backpack discreetly distributed every Friday throughout the school year. Schools are provided 30 backpacks per week to provide to children at risk of going hungry over the weekend. These backpacks provide children not only needed nourishment but school readiness, self-confidence and a self-assured start to the school day and week. During the summer months, scaled down BackPacks operate at recreation centers and other venues.