Background/Introduction

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.

Adam

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About adambrok

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 also a proud Pittsburgher. I come from a family and environment where helping people in need was just what you did. If you came across a friend, neighbor, or even a complete stranger that was in need of help, you stopped and did what you could to help. It was just as simple as that. As I grew and moved on to college I continued to help where I could. I volunteered as a student friend at a local elementary school where I served as a mentor and tutor to a kindergartner named Jordan and worked with a local church to help run their non-food pantry (where we supplied members of the community on food stamps with essentials like soap, toothpaste, detergent, etc, that cannot be purchased with food stamps). During the summers after my sophomore and junior years respectfully, I volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh Legal Clinic and The Pittsburgh Refugee and Immigration Assistance Center. I also was fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the spring semester of my junior year in Philadelphia where I was a social work/legal intern in the Juvenile Special Defense Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. It was during this semester in Philadelphia that I became really passionate about the issues of hunger and homelessness. It was impossible to walk around downtown Philly for more than ten minutes without seeing someone laying on the sidewalk or sitting in dirty clothes on a park bench asking for food and money. It was a scene I just couldn't get comfortable with seeing. Here I was a young college student without much money of my own, yet I had an apartment I slept in each night and food to wake up to each morning. Why should I be so fortunate and not the guy that slept on the sewer grate every night down the block from my bare, but warm apartment. That is when I decided that I needed to something, something much more and much greater than what I had done in the past. Being an avid exerciser and enjoying taking on physical challenges, I decided that I would walk from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to raise money and awareness for the hungry and homeless.
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One Response to Background/Introduction

  1. Adam –

    Cool idea! I’ll be working in Columbus, OH while you’re walking so I won’t be able to walk unfortunately. More than willing to donate, though. I’ll stay tuned for donation info.

    Andrew

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