Last week was the 7th annual TEAN Fun Run/Walk at the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo in Los Angeles. Since launching the initial Fun Run, TEAN has donated more than $30,000 to various charities. This year, with the support of those who participated, TEAN was able to donate $3,000 to two charities: The Great Barrier Foundation and The Cathy Freeman Foundation.

TEAN Staff all smiles at the Fun Run – we love hosting this event every year!

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is dedicated to preserving the Great Barrier Reef for future generations. The charity’s sole focus is protecting the Great Barrier Reef by raising funds for scientific research. According to their website, they also work closely with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to fund priority projects that help protect and restore the reef, and build its resilience in the face of major threats.

The Cathy Freeman Foundation was founded 10 years ago with the mission “To help Indigenous children experience their full potential in school, and beyond.” The foundation works with 1,600 Indigenous children and their families by partnering with four remote Indigenous communities. Their programs focus on improving school attendance, behavior and literacy.

TEAN made a donation on the behalf of everyone who participated at the event in Los Angeles. Our Chicago office joined in on the fun and went for a local Fun Walk together around Chicago as well. In addition to the monetary donations, TEAN was also able to donate the furniture used at our NAFSA booth to Habitat for Humanity.

The Chicago Office on our Fun Walk in the city. This year’s stand-out shirt color was inspired by our founder Chris’ daughter who suggested we go with tie dye.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the TEAN Fun Run and supported both of our charities this year. We enjoyed spending time with you in LA. 

A special shout-out to this year’s top three finishers:

  • Craig Harmelin, University of California – Merced
  • Eric Deschamps, Northern Arizona University
  • Tucker Hutchinson, Go Overseas

Check out more photos from the event posted on our TEAN Facebook page.