Published in the December 7, 2016 edition
LYNNFIELD — Sammi Albanese is currently training to run the 2017 Boston Marathon for the Bottom Line organization. A recent graduate of Bentley University in May 2016, she now works for the State Street Corporation in Boston.
It has always been a goal of the Lynnfield native to run the Boston Marathon the year after her graduation from college. After running competitively as a member of both the cross country and track and field teams at Lynnfield High School and then at the collegiate level, she is excited to have time to run for herself and take on the challenge of marathon training.
Albanese served as a captain of both the women’s cross country and track and field teams at Bentley where she also held the school record for the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase event.
“I’m running the Boston Marathon for Bottom Line because I believe it is imperative for all high school students to have the opportunity to go to college and earn a degree especially in today’s uncertain economy. Bottom Line plans to provide guidance to more than 2,700 students from Boston and Worcester in 2017,” Albanese told the Villager.
“A student should not be held back by lack of guidance or living in a low-income household. All students must have the chance to obtain a college education as I did and move on to become successful employees in the workforce,” she believes.
Albanese is planning to host a fundraising night at the Ninety-Nine Restaurant in Lynnfield this winter, with the date to be announced once it is finalized. Her goal is to raise $7,500 for the organization through a variety of fundraising efforts in the coming months. Any support she receives from the community will be put to good use, she said.
The link to her fundraising page is https://www.crowdrise.com/bottomlineboston2017/fundraiser/samanthaalbanese.