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This blog post was written by Boosterthon's President and Founder, Chris Carneal.


Happy Independence Day!

I love America! This week I hoisted an American flag at my house and four around our office. Any chance I get to honor my country I take it.

I am thankful that we have the opportunity to live in the greatest country on earth. My family, like many of yours, will gather with grandparents, sisters, brothers, cousins and friends, grill out, laugh, tell stories and watch fireworks.

My overwhelming emotion each Independence Day is thankfulness and appreciation. I’m thankful for those around me, but my attention also goes to those leaders who have gone before us and given us the opportunity to celebrate.

I’m thankful for my American Hero: George Washington and the Founding Fathers who believed in the “glorious cause” of freedom for our sake. They sacrificed, fought, struggled and planned for generations yet to be born, that they would one day live in a country that represented freedom and opportunity for others! We all are fortunate to share in this freedom because The Founders had the character and the grit to persevere when times were tough.

John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail in the difficult summer of 1776, “through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means.” I’m thankful for their hope and vision.

Boosterthon founder Chris Carneal's grandfather in WW2 uniform.

I’m thankful for my granddad Paul, who, with his brothers, fought in World War II, defending our country. Risking hislife in Europe, he sacrificed for future generations, including his great grandchild, Camden Paul, my fourth, who bears his name.

I’m thankful for my parents who worked tirelessly for many years to provide the opportunity for me to go to school and start a business, which would become the Boosterthon Fun Run.

When I was a college student, crafting what the Booster brand would be, there were many choices, challenges and decisions, but one was extremely easy. I wanted Boosterthon to represent the best of America: the opportunity to learn, run, and help others for the next generation of American leaders.  Boosterthon’s colors would be red, white and blue and boldly stand for the opportunity and freedom of the greatest nation on earth. We would salute the flag before every Boosterthon Fun Run event, and it would be a time for communities to gather and celebrate schools.

I hope you celebrate well this fourth of July.

From my family to yours, have a wonderful Independence Day.

And God Bless America!


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