The name Chelsea King resonates with many people. Chelsea, a San Diego teen, had her life brutally taken from her while out for a mountain trail run in 2010. Chelsea’s Light Foundation was started by the family of Chelsea to help create the strongest laws in the country to protect California children against known violent predators. Every year since, Chelsea’s Light has hosted a 5K, Finish Chelsea’s Run, in honor of Chelsea King. Read on to learn more about Chelsea’s Light and how GRACEDBYGRIT is helping finish Chelsea’s Run as a sponsor of the 6th Annual Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K.
Why is Chelsea’s Light so important to GRACEDBYGRIT?
The idea for the apparel line was conceived on a run when founders Kate Nowlan, a running coach, was training Kimberly Caccavo, her client, for a triathlon in Chelsea’s honor. Kimberly chose to participate in the triathlon after being inspired by Chelsea’s story.
The Story Behind the Whistle
Inspired by Chelsea’s mom describing the fate of her daughter, Kate and Kimberly created a detachable safety whistle to be given with every piece of GRACEDBYGRIT apparel, so all women feel safe and comfortable while exercising. The GRACEDBYGRIT safety whistle has a flat, discreet design that can be securely looped inside the back pocket of the brand’s capris or leggings, in the pocket on the jacket sleeves, or around the back of the neck in tanks with a reflective elastic lanyard.
In January of this year, we hosted a Fit Shop at our headquarters to support benefit Chelsea’s Light. Mr. King, Chelsea’s father, was in attendance and shared a few words to empower involvement in the community. Keep reading for a short interview with Mr. King.
Many people may not know Chelsea inspired our creation of GRACEDBYGRIT and our company’s brand mission to empower women to feel safe. Why did you choose to start Chelsea’s Light Foundation? We started our foundation to protect the joy and innocence of childhood. After what happened to our daughter, we never wanted another family to walk in our shoes. Our family knew that engagement, hope, and positive change was the best path forward.
What kinds of events do you host to inspire positive change in your community? Along with the annual Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K, we host an annual Home Run for Chelsea baseball tournament with over 1,200 kids playing baseball. Chelsea loved to watch her brother Tyler play baseball. Secondly, our youth initiative called the Changemaker League empowers students and schools across the County of San Diego and teaches the skills needed to create awareness and drive action to assist causes. We provide scholarships to amazing high school kids from San Diego County. To date, we have helped over 50 high school seniors with total awards in excess of $350,000.
Chelsea was an avid cross country runner. How did her love for running impact her life and other passions? Chelsea discovered running the day after she was cut from her High School Volleyball team. She woke up early and went to Cross Country tryouts. She fell in love with the peace, balance, and release it brought her, as well as the amazing group of kids that ran. Chelsea always demanded a lot from herself academically, and running allowed her to unwind and breathe. Running was her comfort.
What advice would you give to parents of teens who are worried about allowing their children to go on runs or other activities on their own? We always stressed the importance of running in public areas, with a running partner. Chelsea also was equipped with pepper spray.
How can those interested get involved with Chelsea’s Light Foundation? The power of engagement means everything. It’s as simple as following us on social media (Facebook, Twitter). We are always looking for volunteers that are passionate about protecting our kids and helping their dreams to become reality. Our foundation is the definition of a non-profit, with 80% of all funds raised going back into programs to empower our youth. To learn more please go to www.chelseaslight.org.
– Mr. Brent King
Register now for the 6th Annual Finish Chelsea’s Run. Not local? Register as a virtual participant. Be on the lookout for our GRACEDBYGRIT team running in honor of Chelsea, wearing the Land & Sea Logo Knickers.
Even if you’re not running, come check out our Fit Shop Fundraiser at the 5K in Balboa Park from 7 AM- 12 PM. Look for a blue GRACEDBYGRIT booth. You won’t miss us!
See you Saturday!