A Father's Passion to Give EVERY Child Knowledge of the Outdoors
Morgan Murri, Founder of GECKO, was so inspired by the growth and transformation he witnessed in his daughter after her participation in NOLS (National OutdoorLeadership School), that he sought an opportunity to give back to the youth of today but wasn’t sure where to start. After reading Richard Louv’s book entitled, The Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder (Amazon.com), his mission became clear. In the book, Richard Louv’s fundamental argument is that children of today are so “wired” into television, computers and video games that they’ve almost completely severed their connection to the world outdoors.
Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors (GECKO). The premise sounds simple enough. Yet study after study shows that our children aren't getting enough outdoor play. And this trend isn't improving. The latest information shows that less than 25% of children are active outdoors more than twice per week. Does this statistic worry you? Because it definitely worries us.
GECKO has raised over $60,000 through events and donations since 2008. This money funds outdoor education for children through scholarships to the nation's leading outdoor educationproviders. Our goal is simple: To give EVERY child knowledge of the outdoors.
GECKO is actively seeking corporate and annual sponsors to partner with us as we grow our local, regional and nationwide campaigns to Give Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors. Please contact us for more information.
GECKO headquarters, deep in the San Juan Mountains in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, is home to the dedicated men & women that help make GECKO & Athletes@Altitude thrive. GECKO enjoys the support and contribution from a vast number of generous volunteers and mentors, including an Executive Board; a Working Committee; Event Volunteers; Fundraisers and Patrons.
After operating successfully for four years of continued growth, GECKO recognized that to develop its full potential and further grow the scholarship fund it would need to expand. In January 2013 GECKO activated Athletes@Altitude (a DBA of GECKO) and engaged Mike Le Roux as Event and Coaching Director. Aside from adding new events to the calendar (including getting XTERRA onboard), there will now be Local Club & events; training camps and coaching facilities.
GECKO and Athletes@Altitude has four key objectives: