Linda Smith, News Editor
A 5K race, “A Run to Remember,” will be held at the University of Dallas on Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. Donations will go toward an assistance fund for disabled students.
“A Run to Remember” is the project of the Contemporary Issues in Sports & Entertainment Management class for the MBA program.
According to marketing team leader Brittany Daugherty, the idea for the event came about last fall in the Sports and Entertainment Facility and Event Management course.
Four sub-teams (sponsorship, finance/legal, marketing and management) helped to organize the 5K. As a result of their work, the run received several sponsorships from individuals as well as organizations.
“Each sponsorship, large or small, has truly been a blessing,” Daugherty said. “We are so thankful for everyone that has lent a helping hand. Whether it has been a financial sponsor, a sponsor promoting our event through their own database of contacts or a company donating door prizes, it has been a huge help and we can’t say ‘thank you’ enough.”
The proceeds from the race will go to the Dr. Vern Francis Assistance Fund. According to the sign-up page for the race, the fund commemorates Francis, a former College of Business professor, who was severely injured while riding his bicycle and is now a quadriplegic.
“We just created the Dr. Vern Francis Assistance Fund a couple of months ago,” Contemporary Issues in Sports & Entertainment Management professor Dr. Scott Wysong said.
“It really is more of a fund to help those students with disabilities in their education. For example, it could be used to purchase special software for someone who is visually impaired (the software reads aloud the text).”
Students can pay $25 to sign up at www.runsignup.com/aRunToRemember. T-shirts and prizes will be available as long as supplies last.
Wysong hopes that this will become an annual event at the university.
“Students should sign up for the 5K not only because it is such a great cause, but because it supports the university and a part of its history,” Daugherty said.
“It is a way to get more involved with events happening on campus outside of the usual events that are held each year. It also provides an opportunity for the undergrad students to interact and network with the graduate students that are involved.”