COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting its second annual 5K fun run and walk on Sunday, April 17 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event, which begins and ends at the 300s Field, kicks off at 10 a.m. and will take participants through a tour of campus. The first 150 people to register will receive a free T-shirt, and the top three male and female finishers will earn a prize.
Members of the local community and the Saint Michael's community alike are invited to sign up for the event, with entry fees $10 per person prior to April 8 and $15 after that date. For those with a valid Saint Michael's ID, it costs $8 to enter before April 8 and $10 afterwards. Preregistration begins on April 4 in the Alliot Student Center, but participants can sign up the day of the race near the start line beginning at 9:15 a.m. Only cash or checks will be accepted. The start and finish line will be on the 300s Field, which is located between the Doc Jacobs Field Complex and the Tarrant Recreation Center/Ross Sports Center. Local community members have the option of submitting a completed registration form, which can be found here, to SAAC adviser Shannon Kynoch, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2003, NCAA Division II has been a national sponsor of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, raising nearly $3.4 million for the global charity, which grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. For more information or to make a donation directly to Make-A-Wish, visit wish.org/NCAADII.
Through last year's inaugural 5K fun run and walk, SAAC raised nearly $1,000 for Make-A-Wish. Just this school year alone, SAAC has held numerous other fundraisers for Make-A-Wish, supported active military, started pen pal programs with local youths, spent Friday afternoons teaching sports skills to youths at Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, and taken part in Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Earlier this month, SAAC members hosted a Spread The Word to End The Word function, read to elementary school students in Winooski as part of the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America, and volunteered at the Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games. Find out more about the Saint Michael's SAAC and its programming here.