Next Saturday morning, April 20, a group of students will drag themselves out of bed, don their nerdiest attire and gather behind the New Hall at 8:30 a.m. to participate in the Crusaders for Kids 5K Nerd Run. Proceeds from the second annual event will support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas in its mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The event is organized by Crusaders for Kids, a student club dedicated to visiting hospitalized children.
When Crusaders for Kids Co-President Halley Chavey '13 was 11, she heard a story about the well-known non-profit granting a four-year-old's wish to meet Pope John Paul II.
"The Make-A-Wish Foundation flew his entire family to Rome for a private audience with the pope," she said. "How could you not want to help make those kinds of wishes come true for kids?"
According to Chavey, the 5K grew out of a need for more events for club members.
"Usually we go to children's hospitals in Dallas/Fort Worth, bringing pizza, cookies, nail polish, Nerf® guns and video games so we can hang out with the kids," said Chavey. "We have about 80 members, though, and you can only take groups of about seven people to the hospital at a time. We needed something more to do."
Last year's neon-themed 5K raised $1,000 for Make-A-Wish of North Texas with 35 runners. This year, Crusaders for Kids aims to double that amount. Donations come from the $15 race entry fee and those who sponsor runners.
Prizes of Sfuzzi and Joe's Diner gift cards will be awarded to the 5K winner and best nerd costume. All race participants will receive a nerdy t-shirt designed by Crusaders for Kids Co-President Lauren Masty '13.
Register or sponsor a runner by visiting the Crusaders for Kids 5K Nerd Run website.