Why Run?

Yusuf stressed the importance of being active and enjoying the gifts of running. Researchers have found that the endorphins released while running actually attach themselves to parts of the brain responsible for emotion. The more endorphins released, the stronger the feeling of euphoria. Running also releases serotonin, which is a natural mood lifter.



In partnership with Hampton University, BRKTHRU has hosted the Yusuf Neville Hampton Homecoming 5K during homecoming weekend for three years running. BRKTHRU received support from many campus organizations, including volunteers to distribute race bibs, race medals, man water stations throughout the course and clean after the runners.

The costs associated with shirt design, bibs, medals and distribution, planning and reserving the course were taken directly from monies donated to BRKTHRU.

Check out more images from last year's event here.


Unlike most disabling physical diseases, mental illness begins very early in life. Young people with mental disorders suffer disability when they are in the prime of life.

BRKTHRU Teen is an after-school program that pairs economically disadvantaged teens with adult long-distance runners. The program aims to motivate youth to run great distances, and to give them a new way of looking at themselves.

With the help of Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn, BRKTHRU Teen will target 10-20 teens, identify compatable mentors and schedule 2-3 runs a week in preparation for the Brooklyn Half Marathon in May 2015.

BRKTHRU Teen will be the organization’s primary avenue of raising youth mental health awareness. BRKTHRU Teen is modeled after a similar program started by Benson Forman, a clinical psychologist in Washington DC. Forman has been extremely helpful in the formation of our program and connecting us to mental health resources in the New York Metro Area.

+ Students train alongside teachers and individual mentors who challenge and guide these youth to develop greater responsibility, discipline, perseverance, and goal-setting skills as they train for progressively longer distance races.

Students meet with teachers twice weekly at their home schools and on weekends as a larger community with their individual mentors. 

Mentors and mentees have regular contact throughout the week, and at least once monthly outside of practice for more social activities.