May 25, 2021
You can do good things, but you can be totally out of alignment spiritually. There’s a physical thirst and a spiritual thirst in my journey. I’d always had my physical needs met, but I still felt like something was missing.
I consider myself an accidental athlete. When I was in school, I needed to take a gym class and thought the running/walking class would be an easy A. I ended up loving the idea of setting a goal and working towards it. Over the last decade I’ve accomplished finishing a number of endurance challenges: cycling across America, rowing across the Atlantic and running non-stop across the state of Maine to name a few. 20,000 people have received clean drinking water from the challenges I’ve completed.
When the water crisis was introduced to me, I was developing my passion for endurance. Hearing that 1 in 6 people didn’t have access to clean water was a shock to me, but it was also an invitation for me to do something. I remember one of my professors giving a lecture and mentioning the wars of our future would be wars because of water. It was already happening and was my motivation, so I started planning my endurance challenges and partnering with charities who can make a significant impact without significant financial resources.
It’s hard to imagine going without water. It’s the most basic, fundamental, essential need. Without it, your entire life is dictated by obtaining it. What’s exciting about fundraising for clean water is that there are already solutions, and they’re working. The research is done, but it’s up to me, and those who support these initiatives, to find the motivation and resources to continue raising funds.
As I continue on my journey I’d like to be a steward of impact, engagement and hope: Impacting students in need and students here getting involved in water projects, Engaging 1 million students as water warriors, and Hope that clean water can provide a sustainable life and opportunity for those in need while developing compassion and empathy in others.
When people ask me why I do this, the obvious answers are for kids to never have to miss school or go to the hospital. Ultimately, I do this because I want every child to feel loved, cared for and not forgotten.
- Katie Spotz, Endurance Athlete and H20 for Life Advocate (for more information or to donate visit: katiespotz.com)