Hall of Fame board member runs for education

Hall Info Published on : 4/16/2009

Updated Apr. 25, 2009

Bernard McRae, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees, was busy last Monday running the 113th Boston Marathon. Aside from gaining the personal sense of accomplishment, he ran the 26.2-mile route to raise funds for education.

The money raised will go to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s John Bankert Fund to be used in support of the museum’s youth and educational programs; and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and its latest health and fitness initiative for youth, the HOPSports Program.

McRae is the President of JMB Integrated Solutions in Chicago and has served on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees since 2001. While Monday marked the first time he’s competed in the Boston Marathon (photo left), it was his 10th marathon that he has run. He’s finished such races as the Big Sur in Monterey, CA; the Chicago Marathon, and the Columbus (OH) Marathon to name a few.

“It’s my tenth marathon and it’s become a passion,” McRae shared prior to the race. “Running a marathon is the best health care plan I can think of.”

The Pro Football Hall of Fame, as part of its educational mission, provides a variety of educational outreach programs for school-aged children. Interdisciplinary educational programs that reinforce classroom studies with the museum experience are offered to schools. The Hall of Fame also offers educational programming to schools nationwide through its acclaimed interactive distance learning programs.

Bernard McRae (right) poses with Educational Programs Assistant Adam Shipley prior to the start of distance learning program Shipley facilitated with students from Wisconsin on April 16.

McRae was at the Hall of Fame for a meeting before leaving for Boston to run in the marathon.

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