Freedom through unity in the community.
Hopkinton Freedom Team is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in January of 2022. Your help and support will help us tremendously as our initial seed funding. A small amount goes a long way!
127th BOSTON MARATHON - Support Sophia Lin!
On April 17, 2023, Sophia Lin will be running on behalf of our Hopkinton Freedom Team!! We are so very honored to have Sophia raise money for our organization. Your financial generosity helps us to support our community as we try to bring more Love, Inclusion and Trust.
Sophia Lin is a 63- years-young road and trail runner from Saint Louis. She feels honored and privileged to run the 2023 Boston Marathon in support of the Hopkinton Freedom Team.
“I firmly believe in equality for everyone,” says Sophia. Growing up in Taiwan, where only “traditional” lifestyles were considered acceptable, Sophia came to the United States for school and to join her new husband. She immediately discovered firsthand what it felt like to be an outsider, navigating a vastly different landscape and new language, scared in an unfamiliar culture.
An accountant by profession, Sophia never dreamed that running would become a way of life for her; a shared activity with her daughter, a series of run-travel adventures with her husband, Travis, and a vital, diverse community in which she and Travis have always been enthusiastic participants and event volunteers—often in freezing or sweltering hot Midwest weather. And Sophia’s phenomenal homemade Taiwanese pastries have become coveted end-of-the-group-run treats!
Although she only started running marathons a few years ago, her heart has been with the Boston Marathon ever since she watched her husband tackle his first Boston Marathon during the incredibly stormy year of 2018. But taking on challenges is something Sophia has quietly, determinedly, done all her life.
When Sophia’s husband passed away suddenly last year, she found strength and refuge in the running community. Now she is looking forward to raising awareness, support, and funds for the Hopkinton Freedom Team. She says there is no better reason or place to put her beliefs in action than on the common ground of Boston Marathon —where people from all walks of life come to run.
Donate today and support Sophia's marathon fundraising! Thank you for your support of Sophia and the HFT!
PeACE DAY 9/21/2022
The HFT and the HHS Diversity Club paired together at Polyarts and Family Day for peace in our world. Visitors stopped by to decorate cut out hands that are now on display at the HHS above Hopkinton artist Michael Alfano's sculpture.
AT THE HIGH SCHOOL
Inspired by Sadako and the One Thousand Paper Cranes as told by Eleanor Coerr, the HHS Diversity Club and HFT members, along with other community members, made origami cranes for health and world peace at Polyarts and Family Day, September 2022.
Next Hopkinton Pride Parade: Sunday, June 11, 2023 starting and ending at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts!
CALLS TO ACTION: What can you do today to learn, elevate and spread LIT (Love, Inclusion, Trust) in our Community?
DONATE TODAY in our mission to CREATE Unity in our Community through Love, Inclusion and Trust!
The mission of the Hopkinton Freedom Team is to create unity in the community by fostering inclusion, solidarity and compassion for all people. The Freedom Team is focused on moving beyond tolerance to embracing, sharing and celebrating our community’s diversity. Its members meet monthly to explore ways of offering dialogue, support and programming to community members with a goal of promoting love, inclusion and trust (“LIT”).
The Freedom Team also offers a safe, confidential and respectful space to discuss incidents involving harassment or discrimination related to race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability or class using a transformative justice model. This model offers opportunities for conversation and reconciliation to help repair experiences of misunderstanding or harm. Individuals may access this opportunity to talk by calling the hotline number at 774-278-4455 if they have experienced or witnessed bias-motivated threats, harassment or violence.
The first Freedom Team formed in 2016 in Natick through the inspiration of Jamele Adams; the Hopkinton Freedom Team formed in 2020.
Hopkinton Freedom Team Membership
Your membership starts with a pledge to promote love, inclusion and trust within our community.
Every year our town of Hopkinton becomes world-renowned as a place of world-wide unity and common ground for thousands of people who come here from all over the world to run in The Boston Marathon. In a way, this is the same intention of The Freedom Team. Our wish is to promote this same sense of being a welcoming town to all its residents as well as visitors by growing more inclusive-minded and welcoming as a community for all people. Our ultimate dream goal is to have every resident of our town sign up for general membership to the Freedom Team and its mission to promote love, inclusion and trust within our community.
You are invited to sign up for general membership to The Freedom Team by submitting a pledge form below and sharing what you have done to bring more unity, peace and acceptance to Hopkinton and beyond.