Racing for Education and Violence Prevention

September 21, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
Young finishers and their school supplies

On Saturday morning, September 5, 2015, the Valor program at Holy Cross Parish in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood sponsored a back-to-school 5k run/walk, with assistance from the Claretians and the congregation of Notre Dame. The goal of the event was to promote the parish’s peace efforts and get the community excited about the new school year while bringing awareness to the importance of making positive choices for healthy living. 

Racers wait to start the Valor 5k

The Valor program focuses on educating young teens about domestic and dating violence. It is the only resource addressing this age group on these issues in the community. By hosting this event, the program’s young leaders and participants sent a strong message that domestic violence is a critical issue facing the neighborhood.

More than 100 people came out to join the race and show their support for Valor. Even as a large thunderstorm swept through during the 5k, the racers kept moving through the rain, and everyone finished the course. The racers were soaked, but spirits were high at the finish line as young people and adults alike celebrated and enjoyed refreshments.

Racing in the rain

Also at the finish line, about 70 elementary and high school students received backpacks filled with school supplies to help them start their new school year. The Valor program also raffled off other prizes, including USB cards for homework and other school projects. In a community where the average annual income for a family of four is just $32,000, these supplies are very much needed and deeply appreciated.

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