Clarksville, Ark-Members of the University of the Ozarks' athletic programs participated in the 15th annual Arkansas Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure in Little Rock October 11.
The Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) at the University of the Ozarks raised $624 from donations by the campus community to help send representatives to the race and support the cause of breast cancer awareness. The donation total is the largest sum of money that the organization has raised at Ozarks. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and as Elizabeth Caroscio (Ozarks SAAC advisor) shared, the committee was looking for a service project and the Race For The Cure was a perfect opportunity.
The representatives from Ozarks, which included Ally Goddard, Sabrina Goddard, Kaitlyn Poirier, Ashley Teague, Jessica Heidelberg, Kayla Harris, Lindsey Hanna, and Caroscio, were amongst the estimated 45,000 pre-registered participants in the Little Rock race. The format of the race was a 5K run/walk where the participants had the option to either run or walk the distance.
“The atmosphere there was great,” said Teague. “There was music and masses of people lining the streets encouraging us as we completed the race.” For Teague, the race helped heighten her awareness of the disease.
“I now have a better understanding of the magnitude of the disease, anyone can get breast cancer,” says Teague. This was Teague’s first Race For The Cure, but it certainly won’t be her last. She plans to participate again next year in the race and will help Ozarks’ SAAC to have a bigger athlete turnout next year and in the future.
By Daniel Gallegos, Assistant Sports Information Director