Friday 25 October 2013

Running Towards Success: Robert Shumake Relays Help Detroit Youths Win Scholarships

Running Towards Success - Robert Shumake Relays Help Detroit Youths Win Scholarships

Competing in a race has always been an effective metaphor for overcoming challenges in life to enjoy the hard-fought rewards.

In many parts of the world, even the simplest comforts simply cannot be had for free; generally, something that can cause tremendous happiness and gratitude (like a secure and sturdy home, an education, employment, a comfortable family life, and the like) is bound to entail much hard work, patience, determination, and a touch of faith in one's own ability to succeed.

It is only fitting, then, that a track and field competition becomes a rightful opportunity to give determined individuals a better shot at life — and this shot is brought to Detroit's youth in the form of the Robert S. Shumake Scholarship Relays organized by bestselling author, real estate specialist, and distinguished philanthropist Robert Shumake.

Since it first kicked off in 2005, the event (which is also the largest private track and field competition in Michigan) has awarded more than $30,000 in college scholarships (as of 2010) to some of the most deserving high school students in the city. 

The inspiration for organizing such a rewarding event stemmed from Shumake's own experiences as an all-city track star at Edwin Denby High School in Detroit.  “I definitely gained important life skills from my participation on the track and field team,” said Shumake. “The Scholarship Relays are my way of giving back.”

Having found business success through being the CEO of Inheritance Capital Group, Shumake believes that he — and anyone who has achieved substantial success in his field — has a moral obligation to use his financial wealth for something more than personal indulgence and comfort.

This, according to Shumake, is the "double bottom line." “If I make a profit, I have the responsibility to make a difference,” he added.

Shumake is quick to explain that virtually every dollar that Inheritance Capital Group makes creates an impact on the greater Detroit community because of his insistent adherence to that double bottom line.

“So, while the company’s bottom line is to make a profit, my personal bottom line is to help the city of Detroit and give kids every opportunity to succeed in life.”

Aside from assisting high school athletes in obtaining a better education, Shumake also makes it a point to provide help to college students as well. He founded the annual Shumake HBCU Challenge which is specifically geared towards college cross-country athletes from historically black colleges and universities.

Much like the Scholarship Relays, the HBCU Challenge is meant to bring athletes together and to demonstrate the importance — and the remarkable rewards — of positive and admirable concepts such as hard work, perseverance, and academic integrity.

The Robert S. Shumake Scholarship Relays and the Shumake HBCU Challenge stand as shining examples of how individuals can make a profound impact on their communities through philanthropy and mentorship.

Robert Shumake's dedication to providing educational opportunities for Detroit's youth reflects a commitment to uplifting others and giving back to the city that shaped him.

Through these initiatives, Shumake not only honors his own experiences as a track star but also empowers the next generation to overcome challenges and achieve their dreams.

By emphasizing the values of hard work, perseverance, and academic excellence, he instills a sense of hope and possibility in young minds, paving the way for a brighter future.

Moreover, Shumake's philosophy of the "double bottom line" serves as a guiding principle for businesses and individuals alike, reminding us all of our responsibility to contribute positively to society.

As Detroit continues to undergo transformation and revitalization, initiatives like the Scholarship Relays and HBCU Challenge play a vital role in fostering community engagement, educational attainment, and social mobility.

In essence, Robert Shumake's philanthropic endeavors exemplify the transformative power of generosity and leadership, leaving a lasting legacy of opportunity and empowerment for generations to come.

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