For those of you who do not know me, My name is Adam Brok. I am a recent graduate of DePauw University, a small liberal arts school in Greencastle, IN, where I was a Philosophy major and Jewish Studies minor.
I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and absolutely love the city. I love following all of the Pittsburgh sports teams, even the Pirates though they hardly count as a real professional sports team any more. The thing I love even more than following sports is playing them. I grew up playing all the sports I possibly could and have continued to play them throughout college and was a founding member of Bangerrang, the intercollegiate club ultimate frisbee team at DePauw University.
I love being active and doing all different types of exercise. I would like to complete at least one marathon at some point in my life. I would also like triathlon, but need to work on the swimming part first (unlike running, you can’t just stop swimming if you get tired without drowning).
In addition to having a love for my community and being active I am also passionate about helping people in need, particularly those who are hungry and homeless. This passion really grew during the spring semester of my junior of college while I was in Philadelphia interning in the Juvenile Special Defense Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Everywhere I walked in Philly I was constantly confronted with people in dirty clothes laying on the sidewalks or sitting on park benches asking for food and money. This was a site I could get used to, nor is one any should get used to. I would snag extra food wherever I could find it and walk around the city handing it out. This was a good start but I knew I had to do more. That is when I began thinking about doing this walk. I thought it would be a simple yet very meaningful thing I could do to raise money and awareness for the hungry and homeless, and was perfect way to combine doing two of the things I love the most; being active and helping those in need.
The walk will start Sunday August 1st and take about 3-3.5 weeks (I haven’t gotten the final approval yet on the route I’d like to take, but I start a year of service with Americorps St. Louis’ Emergency Response Team in September so I’ll have to be done at least before the end of August). All proceeds will go to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and Project H.O.M.E. in Philadelphia.
Hopefully this helps everyone kind of see where I am coming from and what I am hoping to accomplish.