CHARLOTTE — Let Me Run, a nonprofit running and character-building program for boys, welcomes Jesse Smith as the new regional director for Greater Charlotte.
Smith will lead the program’s largest and oldest region, with more than 60 active sites and hundreds of annual participants and volunteer coaches.
“We expect Jesse’s experience and leadership in the nonprofit space and in the running community to have an immediate impact on the Charlotte area,” said Executive Director Emily Battle. “He will literally hit the ground running.”
Smith’s extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily with new beginnings, expansion, and development, stems from more than 16 years in The United Methodist Church. Smith is also an ordained elder within the church, having completed his Master of Divinity at Hood Theological Seminary. He is also a veteran of the United States Army, where he served as a unit supply specialist at Fort Lewis, Washington.
Smith lives in the Charlotte area with his wife of 20 years, Camille, and their two boys, Isaiah (14) and Elijah (7). Local runners may recognize him as a former Novant Health Charlotte Marathon ambassador, seven-time marathon runner, or organizer of the Prosperity Village Runners.
“I love the encouragement and camaraderie I’ve found in the Charlotte running community,” Smith said. “I look forward to beginning this new role as Greater Charlotte Area Regional Manager for Let Me Run.”
Let Me Run is a non-profit wellness program that inspires boys to be the best version of themselves, to be active and to fit in. Twice a week for seven weeks, trained volunteer coaches lead an elementary or middle-aged team through the program.
Designed to boost confidence, self-expression and respect for others, each practice includes a lesson that incorporates running, games and activities. The fall and spring sessions culminate in an end-of-season 5K event that celebrates the boys’ accomplishments and personal growth.
Registration opens August 15 for the Let Me Run fall program at Charlotte-area schools.