Stronger Together 5K to raise funds for nonprofits

This article is courtesy of Reporter-Times

By Brooks Hepp | bhepp@reporter-times.com

MARTINSVILLE

To marry the concepts of fitness, business and charity, the Morgan County Leadership Academy will host the Stronger Together 5K July 15, the profits of which will be donated to local nonprofits.

The 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Morgan County Courthouse and while the entire path has not been decided yet, the plan is to end back at the courthouse.

Aside from the 5K, there will be a number of other events available donating to specific causes.

There will be a “Run Out Domestic Violence” where people can run the bases of the Martinsville High School softball field, while at the football field, there will be a field goal kicking station called “Kick Out Homelessness.”

In the gymnasium, there will be a free throw shooting station called “Shoot Out Poverty.”

“Score Affordable Housing” allows someone to score a goal at the soccer fields and the last station, “Leap Over Hardship,” has participants do the long jump at the track.

The Morgan County Leadership Academy is an organization founded to teach leadership skills to Morgan County local residents, as well as promote involvement in the Morgan County community. Members of this year’s class at the academy previously went through a poverty simulation.

Hannah Sitz, a member of the 2017 class, said the simulation gave them the idea to put together the Stronger Together event.

“That experience really exposed us to a life of struggle,” Sitz said. “If you’ve lived a privileged life, it’s hard to be aware of these kinds of struggles. It made us ask, ‘How am I going to get food?’ This gave us the idea to put together an event that could raise awareness to the community.”

Sitz said she believes the event will be both fun for the community, as well as beneficial.

“We have these specific stations that have different struggles we are emphasizing, but they are all active and enjoyable games,” Sitz said. “It is going to be a lot of great people coming together to raise funds and awareness for our own neighbors.”

The event is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Registration for the event can be found on the Morgan County Leadership Academy’s Facebook page.

Proceeds will go to Desert Rose, WellSpring Center, Stability First, Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County and Churches in Mission.

The day will be superhero-themed with the organization asking for participants to “bring their superhero or be a superhero” at the event.

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