Edinboro University 5k Raises Money & Increases Awareness
The Sports Management Class of Edinboro University hosted a 5K Run/Walk Sunday, April 22, raising a total of $3,700 to benefit the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation. The "Hitting the Pavement for Better Health" 5K, held at the Mike S. Zafirovski Sport and Recreation Center, was designed to raise awareness for people with disabilities. The class presented the check to Gary Bukowski, CFRE, vice president for advancement at the Barber National Institute, during a ceremony at the University May 4.
When Rebecca Wehler, an instructor in the Health and Physical Education Department at the University, approached Bukowski about the event, he invited her and her class for a tour to first educate them about the individuals the Institute serves and the programs and services the organization provides to the community.
"Seeing firsthand what we do at the Barber National Institute made the event more meaningful and special to the Edinboro students," said Bukowski. "Since the class toured, they developed a better insight and understanding of the complexity of this organization. They now have a better understanding of the positive difference their contribution makes to the children and adults here."
More than 200 walkers and runners of all ages and abilities participated in the race. Participants could run or walk in the 5k or run/walk/push in the "Loop for Life" open to all with disabilities. Children 3-12 could also participate in "Spring into Fitness" for a bunny hop and a watermelon eating contest.
Thank you to all Edinboro University students, volunteers and race participants for continuing to advocate for better health for individuals with disabilities, especially during this historic year as we celebrate the late Dr. Barber's 100th Birthday.