2012 Sponsors

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Charity Partners

In addition to the Official Charity Partners listed below, Team in Training is participating in the Canton Marathon. Click the logo to learn more.

Please click on a logo to learn more about the incredible work our charity partners do for our community.

When you register for a Canton Marathon event, you have an opportunity to designate one of the charities below to receive a portion (up to 5%) of your registration fee. There is NO additional charge for this. Please learn about these charities and select the one you prefer to designate at registration.

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is a non-profit organization that provides food and other essential items to community agencies operating more than 450 hunger-relief programs, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in an eight county service area, including: Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties.

Each week, the Foodbank provides emergency food assistance to approximately 40,600 different individuals, and of these individuals receiving food assistance, every third person is a child under the age of 18. In 2010, the Foodbank efficiently distributed 19.2 million pounds of food, providing 14.8 million meals to people struggling with hunger in our community.

The Akron-Canton Foodbank has been nourishing our community for 30 years, with essential programs that put food on the table and transform our neighbors' hunger into hope.





American Heart Association

The American Heart Association achieves its mission through cardiovascular education and community programs, research and advocacy. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., while stroke takes the number four spot in the same category. As we encourage heart-healthy living in communities across this country, we focus our messaging on taking action in regards to prevention of heart disease and stroke, treatment, medical advancements, education, nutrition, physical activity and life-saving research.

  • Advocating for Better Health with You're The Cure
  • Educating Americans with CPR, Patient Education Materials, Online tools
  • Improving Patient Care in Hospitals with Get With the
  • Guidelines and Mission Lifeline
  • Our programs and causes include
  • Protecting the Future with our Childhood Obesity Educotion
  • RaiSing Awareness with Go Red For Women
  • Reaching Out to Populations at Risk with Power To End Stroke





American Red Cross

Locally, the American Red Cross Stark County Chapter has been serving the community for 94 years.  The American Red Cross Stark County Chapter has recently moved to the Community Campus at Goodwill, 408 9th Street SW, Canton, housing the staff and volunteers of the chapter.  The new facility is equipped with enough space to facilitate the programs and services the American Red Cross offers the community - Emergency Services (Disaster Services, Armed Forces Emergency Services and International Services), Rape Crisis Services, Transportation, Military Family and Service Outreach and Health and Safety Services.

In Stark County, 1,400 residents volunteered over 82,000 hours this past year to: help local families respond to emergencies (floods, fires, and power outages); teach neighbors lifesaving skills such as first aid, CPR and water safety; assist local military families communicate during emergencies; transport clients to medical treatment facilities and provide a 24-hour rape crisis service.



Community Services of Stark County, Inc

Community Services of Stark County, Inc. (CSSC) is a non-profit 501 c(3) social service/mental health agency that has been giving hope to the Stark County community since 1919. A wide range of programs and services are offered at sites in Alliance, Canton, Massillon and North Canton, including:

Emergency Assistance program operates the Samaritan's Table which has offered a hot meal program serving over 400 people each week for 25 years.

Homeless Services are offered at the Family Living Center providing temporary shelterand self-sufficiency programs for homeless families and single women.

Rape Crisis program provides a 24-hour hotline for information, emotional support and someone to listen to and help for victims and their families.

Loving Choice Adoption Services assists women and families in making decisions regarding their choice to parent or to place their child for adoption.

Behavioral Health services are available to individuals, children/adolescents, parent/child, couples/marital, family and groups.






Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning program for preteen girls that combines self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts with training for a 3.1 mile run/walk event.

Girls on the Run of Stark County offers two 10-week programs: Girls on Track for girls in 6th-8th grade and Girls on the Run for girls in 3rd-5th grade. Both programs provide girls with tools to make positive decisions and cover a variety of topics to help empower girls, including gratitude, healthy eating, self-respect, peer pressure, choosing the right friends, media awareness, and community service. Girls on Track adds internet safety, cyber bullying, eating disorders, and tobacco and alcohol use.

The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual, and physical development.

Programs are delivered twice a year in the Spring and in the Fall at various locations around Stark County by trained volunteer coaches.





Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc.

Goodwill offers more than 15 programs /services in a 10 county area that give individuals the opportunity to build life and employment skills needed to succeed.  Finding, securing and succeeding in a job is something many of us take for granted. 

There are many individuals in our community who have barriers to competitive employment that need assistance in overcoming emotional, financial, physical and other barriers in order to become gainfully employed.  Goodwill works to help them identify strengths, hone them, and apply them to a successful career path. 

Additionally, we have programs that help individuals who need basic parenting skills to regain/maintain custody of their children; skills like proper discipline, nutrition, bonding and more.  Goodwill offers many other unique skill-building programs to meet the specific needs of the communities we serve.  When you make a financial or material contribution to Goodwill, you are making good skills possible!  www.goodwillgoodskills.org.





Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark & Carroll Counties

Thousands of area families who work hard still can't qualify for conventional home loans. They are forced to live in substandard housing where conditions are often dangerous, uncomfortable and unsanitary. These parents cannot ensure their children's health and safety because they can't afford adequate housing. We give these people hope and the ability to turn their hard work into a simple, decent place to live. Everyday we're helping more area families become something they have dreamed about... homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties is a ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing in our community. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat provides low-income families the opportunity to help build and purchase their own home with an affordable, zero-interest mortgage.

Habitat provides training in home maintenance and personal finance to give partner families the tools they need to be successful in their new homes.






Pathway Caring for Children

Pathway Caring for Children is a private, non-profit, community service organization devoted to providing quality treatment-oriented care for children and families. Pathway has been providing care for neglected, abused and abandoned children in Northeastern Ohio for more than 38 years by providing mental health, foster care and adoption services.

YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Proceeds from funds raised directly benefit children and families who are served by Pathway. In 2011, nearly 1,000 children and their families received foster care, mental health, school-based, and/or post-adoptive services through Pathway Caring for Children.

ANY EVENT COUNTS! You can choose to run, walk, or ride for Pathway. As a participant for Run for Pathway, you will receive a Pathway tech shirt to wear on race day as soon as your fundraising reaches $100. More incentives are waiting for you the more funds you raise. Click on our site for more information!





Pegasus Farm

Pegasus Farm, in Hartville, has been a premier therapeutic riding center in Northeast Ohio since 1985. The Farm was established by three teachers of orthopedically handicapped children in the Canton City Schools, who envisioned more for their students. Research shows that horseback riding has exceptional physical and psychological benefits which enable riders with disabilities to achieve control and mobility they may not otherwise experience.

Pegasus Farm is now one of the largest and most programmatically diverse therapeutic equestrian centers in America with 120 acres, 35 specially trained therapy horses, 8 certified instructors and a core of 150 volunteers who serve more than 225 participants each week.

For the past 15 years, Pegasus has been accredited by PATH Intl at the “premier level” which is the highest level of accreditation this organization offers. Additionally, Pegasus is accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) which sets national standards for group equestrian programs.

Stark Parks

The Stark County Park District has grown (and continues to grow) to over 7,000 acres of land and over 70 miles of trail, providing passive recreational activities such as boating, hiking, biking, and fishing.  In addition, the Park District is home to one of the area’s only Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers, which receives over 2,000 injured wildlife annually and has a release rate exceeding the national average.

The Park District has also implemented quality educational opportunities for all ages and interests, including the first interactive Canalway Center exhibit on the Ohio & Erie Canalway.  The majority of these events and programs are free for the public!  Stark County Park District has become one of Stark County’s most valuable resources for citizens.




Trillium Family Solutions

Trillium Family Solutions, founded in 1845, provides a wide variety of programs in order to meet the needs of our diverse Stark County area community.

As our mission states, we provide counseling, support and assistance to care for people and strengthen families. We deliver this mission through many programs, including family, couples and group counseling, pharmacological management, drug and alcohol dependency treatment, employment readiness and retention services, economic and financial services, homecare, guardianship, adult protective services, deaf and hard of hearing community services as well as case management for HIV/AIDS and psychiatric clients.

At Trillium Family Solutions we understand that life is full of challenges, and we aim to serve our clients by providing support and assistance for many of these challenges. Our Agency has three locations in downtown Canton, Alliance and Massillon, which enables us to serve clients across a wide geographical range.


YMCA of Central Stark County

Make a positive impact on kids! The local YMCA, in operation for almost 150 years, is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community.

The local Y provides financial assistance annually to 10,000 youth and families in need. One out of every three youth in Stark County is touched by Y programs and services every year. The Y promise is to never turn anyone away from the Y due to an inability to pay.

Though the world may be unpredictable, one thing remains certain - the Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults families and communities. Your support helps the Y continue to strengthen the foundation of our communities by impacting the lives of youth,
families and seniors. Thank You!