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Athlete steps up for serious fight

Jared Green takes part in charity run addressing suicide, mental health

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Jared Green is a senior at Arapahoe High School, where he played tennis, who recently had a winning return of a service started by Nick Bales.

Green and fellow senior Jack Dooley ran a 26-mile, two-day charity marathon on May 2-3 with the proceeds going to the BTR (Brought To Reality) Foundation, which was created by Arapahoe student Nick Bales before his death by suicide in 2018.

“My friend Jack Dooley and I decided to run what is called a broken marathon,” Green explained. “We started the marathon on Saturday (May 2) at 8 p.m. We ran one mile, then we ran one mile at the top of each hour for 26 hours. The last hour (May 3) we ran two miles to get to the full marathon of 26.2 miles.

“We decided we wanted to run to support a cause so we reached out to the Bales family, who operate the clothing company BTR. We decided to raise money for them and the Nick Bales/BTR Foundation,” which supports teens suffering mental health issues and aids in the prevention of teen suicide.

After three days with a GoFundMe page, Green and Dooley raised just over $8,000 for the broken marathon, which was held in the Heritage Village neighborhood off Orchard Road and Holly Street in Centennial.

“The coolest thing about the race was, as we were running, a lot of the Heritage Village community were standing outside cheering for us and a lot made signs,” Green said. “We couldn’t have done this without their help and support. Mental health has been in our hearts for the past three years at Arapahoe High School. Jack and I wanted to bring some joy to people during this difficult quarantine time. We just hoped to bring people together.”

Coach’s take:

`I feel very lucky to have coached Jared during his high school career. He stepped onto the court his freshman year and made an immediate impact. He was a three-time state qualifier and two-time regional champ. On top of his athletic achievements, he excels in the classroom. His participation in the run is not surprising. He wants to make the people and community around him better.’

Peter Weyhrich,

Arapahoe boys tennis coach

Q&A with Green

What are your plans after high school?

I will be going to Wake Forest University. I toured Wake Forest my junior year and really liked the community aspect.

What were your goals during the fall tennis season?

My main goal for the last tennis season was to qualify for state. My last three years I had played No. 2 singles and it was different definitely a step up to play No. 1 singles but I accomplished making state. I wasn’t able to get a win at state but it was cool to compete.

What would your message be to seniors who didn’t get to compete this spring?

I feel for all the seniors that didn’t get the complete their sports season but my message to them is to cherish all the good memories you have. All those memories you have from previous seasons are still there.

What is your favorite sports team?

This may not be received well but I am a New England Patriots fan. I know it is an unpopular team in Colorado. I have always admired Tom Brady. I liked his story of being the 199th draft pick and when his time came, he took advantage of it.

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