Dash For Disabled Vets Unites Students With Veterans and Their Families
November 10, 2016
As a Yellow Ribbon school, TLU’s commitment to veterans shapes how students serve those who’ve served our nation. For the past four years, students in the Honors FREX course have coordinated a Dash For Disabled Vets—a 5K fundraiser benefitting the Disabled American Veterans, Doug Herrle Chapter 61 in Seguin.
On Saturday, November 19 at 9 a.m., students will once again host the annual race at Max Starcke Park East Pavilion.
Located in a converted fire station just a few blocks from campus, the DAV Chapter 61 is run by a volunteer staff that provides peer-to-peer support groups, assistance with Veterans Affairs benefits, career counseling, and emergency resources.
By organizing the event and interacting with DAV members, students learn about the Seguin community and veterans' issues while practicing the values of service and civic engagement. Led by Professor Amelia Koford, the goal of the class is for first-year Honors students to learn not only about TLU, but also about the Seguin community.
“I want students to learn about the strengths, needs, and stories of the neighborhood where they are going to college,” Koford said. “The students have done a great job taking ownership of this project, learning about veterans’ and disability issues, and building connections with people at the DAV. We had 61 participants last year and raised $1,716. My class is competitive, so they are hoping to recruit more runners and raise even more money this time.”
First developed as an idea by the Honors FREX class of 2012, the event is now in its fourth year. Every student in the 2016 Honors FREX class has played a role in organizing the race including community involvement, marketing, and registration.
With the help of TLU’s Center For Servant Leadership, students have been busy promoting the event at other races, attending DAV meetings, and drumming up interest among the campus community.
For freshman chemistry major Camille Green, working on the Dash For Disabled Vets 5K is even more special.
“My dad is a veteran and this has a lot of meaning for me,” Green ’20 said. “I was brought up to always respect people who serve our country and remember that all gave some but some gave all. It means a lot to me to be part of this and to be helping people in our community. It’s great to be part of something I feel is bigger than myself.”
The project is also teaching students how to problem solve and work with others on a large-scale event.
“I’m part of the registration team and it’s definitely taught me how to work as a group and be comfortable taking the lead on future group projects regardless of the class,” Harrison Foltz, a freshman accounting major, said. “Not only are we learning valuable skills and professional development, it’s nice to know that we’re doing something for veterans and their families. While I know it doesn’t compare to the sacrifices they’ve made for us, I’m happy to be able to say thank you to all of them through the event.”
Students from the 2015 class.
Dash For Disabled Vets 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, November 19
Max Starcke Park East Pavilion
104 River Drive East
Seguin, Texas 78155
8:00 a.m. Registration and check-in
9:00 a.m. 5K Run/Walk
Fes: $22 (plus service fee pre-registration) $30 Race Day
Register your dog for $5. Registered dogs will receive a bandanna and the first registered dog to cross the finish line wins a prize. Dogs should be leashed, up to date on vaccines, and well behaved toward other dogs and people.
Awards will be given in the following age groups: 1-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.
Local Sponsors: Walmart, HEB, Cricket Wireless at North Star Mall, Subway, RBFCU, GNC, and Thunderpaws. The TLU Pep Band will provide music.
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