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Overview

Team AIMS is a registered (EIN 54-2060138) US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, currently in its 23rd year, run entirely by volunteers. It offers coaching programs for runners of all levels, and also raises funds for community development. It is headquartered in Herndon, VA with operations in the US and India.

Vision

Our vision is seeing our rural communities survive and thrive with 1) well-equipped schools and teachers, 2) new graduates equipped to compete in the market for sustainable jobs and 3) self-employment support for new business owners, especially those left behind due to social and financial stressors.

Mission

Team AIMS has a two-part mission: 1) Personal development through group fitness activities and 2) Community development through support for a) education and b) entrepreneurial empowerment for the underprivileged. We accomplish these goals through the following focused activities:

  1. Personal Development through coaching people to run, starting from a 5K all the way to ultramarathons, using funds raised through run coaching for community development.
  2. Community development through after-hours tutoring programs for underprivileged children, improvement of school building infrastructure (building restrooms, providing furniture and teaching equipment etc.) to incentivize children to attend school
  3. Community development through micro-loans for disadvantaged entrepreneurs in rural areas, especially women, seeking independent ways to make a living.

History

Team AIMS was launched in 2001, by a group of community-oriented runners of Indian origin. They had a vision to tackle the health crisis that dominated South Asian populations through teaching more people to run. Further, they wanted to use running activities, to go the extra mile, and contribute to community development in rural India, specifically focused on supplying school classrooms with equipment and enhancing existing school building infrastructure by adding buildings.

Early on, AIMS decided that they will work through Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) in India, without employing Team AIMS staff. The Board of Team AIMS provides very effective oversight to ensure that the allocated funds for projects in India are spent according to plan, providing tangible benefits to women and children. Over time, Team AIMS started focusing on projects in the US as well, focused on the same critical areas. Currently the plan is to continue to execute projects in the US and India.

Team AIMS started its formal run coaching program in 2013 with 13 runners and raised $13,000 in 2013. Since then, we have trained more than 500 runners, who have conquered distances ranging from 5K runs all the way to ultra marathons. We have raised more than $250,000 to benefit more than 5000 under-privileged children in rural India. This year, we hope to raise $50,000 or more to support AIMS India Foundation’s recurring and ongoing projects and programs.

As we step into our 23rd year in 2024, Team AIMS has completed numerous projects in India and the US, benefiting a number of school children. We have built restrooms in rural areas, provided furniture to rural schools and sewing machines to women entrepreneurs. In the US, we have funded the purchase of stationary and airdyne bikes, foot fidgets, and weighted blankets to PHILLIPS School, Annandale, VA, USA.

We have graduated hundreds of runners from our run coaching programs. We also launched our own race called the Run on the Rocks in 2022, which proved to be extremely successful. We plan to continue this event.