The scion of a great New Britain commercial legacy has committed to raising funds for charity through his participation in the Boston Marathon.
Chris Rosol, great-grandson of Martin Rosol who founded the New Britain meat company by the same name in 1928, is seeking sponsorship in the venerable road race to benefit a national organization that encourages the use of athletic competition and training for people with disabilities.
According to its mission statement, the non-profit organization AccessSportAmerica “adapts sports that the most agile of athletes find challenging and bring these sports to children and adults with disabilities. The exhilaration inherent to each sport is just a part of the experience which fosters positive change in function and fitness as we as attitude and expectation for a life lived with a disability.”
Rosol, a 1992 graduate of New Britain High now living in Cambridge, Mass., hopes to raise funds to qualify for entry into the Marathon scheduled for April 16.
“I’ve been a spectator at the Boston Marathon since my wife [Christine Quirion] and I moved to Boston in 1999,” Rosol said. “Since then, Marathon Monday has always been our favorite day of the year.”
Three years ago, a close friend ran on behalf of AccessSportAmerica and Rosol was motivated to get in the game.
“Her dedication to the sport and to the cause was an inspiration to me,” he said. “At the same time she was training, she was also promoting and fundraising for this amazing cause. I got myself off the couch and onto the road and started running for the first time in my life.”
Rosol’s “Couch to 5K Program” changed him.
“Since then I’ve been hooked on running,” he said. “I’ve found that it’s not only a great physical activity but it is equally healthy for the mind. It’s helped me become more centered and balanced as a person.”
Rosol hopes to subscribe to the John Hancock Life Insurance Company’s program of providing Boston-area non-profit organizations with a set of bib numbers for distribution to runners. The runners are asked to raise funds and awareness.
“When I heard there was an extra number at AccessSportAmerica and that I would be able run alongside my friend who got me started in running, I jumped at the chance to join the team.”
Rosol did not participate athletically during his high school days. He said sharing a gym class with Tebucky Jones was his athletic claim to fame.
“To this day I recall the terror of having to run the mile in a designated time so that I would pass the Presidential Fitness Test,” he said. “Though my friends and I were avid cyclists, we always thought of it more as a hobby than a sport.”
His participation with the NBHS Madrigal Singers and Show Choir for three years blossomed into a lifelong dedication to the fine arts.
“I have been working in non-profit administration, mostly in the arts but some social services as well, for the past 15 years,” he said. “As an employee, I have seen first-hand the great work that local non-profits can do for the community and the truly selfless benefits they provide for those less fortunate.”
Rosol graduated the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 1996. His parents, brother and grandmother still reside in New Britain so he still spends a lot of time visiting the city.
Chris Rosol is seeking donations in any amount for AccessSportAmerica. Those interested can visit his fundraising web page at www.crowdrise.com/crosol or by sending a check to: Chris Rosol, 195 Binney Street, Apartment 1406, Cambridge, Mass. 02142.