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Fun Run to aid Cuban missions

Feb. 22, 2001

Intramural dept., H.O.P.E. ministries sponsoring event

By JENNIFER SIH

Reporter

Students and faculty members who are tired of getting nowhere running on treadmills now have a reason to run.

As a part of Hunger Awareness Week, H.O.P.E ministries, part of Baptist Student Ministries, is teaming up with the intramural department to sponsor the Hunger Fun Run. The event will take place at 4 p.m. today on the intramural fields.

The entry fee is $20 per four-person team and it is open to anyone. While money and donations collected for Hunger Awareness Week benefit Mission Waco, all of the money from the event goes to missions in Cuba.

'There are so many needs in the world, but we thought this was important because so little has progressed in Cuba since the 1960s,' said Jerrod Clark, a Henderson, Nev., seminary student and co-coordinator of Hunger Week. 'Christians are persecuted there and aren't getting food.'

Clark said that they wanted to broaden Hunger Awareness Week and touch the global aspect by providing for Cuban missions.

'We teamed up with the intramural department to get more people involved and raise more money,' said Elizabeth Davis, a Channing sophomore and co-coordinator of Hunger Week. 'Hopefully, each year this event will [grow].'

Intramural officials agreed with Davis.

'I am glad that H.O.P.E. ministries can use our resource of student networks to increase participation,' said Kevin Engelbrecht, intramurals coordinator. 'We are promoting and staffing the event because it is our specialty and we're glad to help.'

Engelbrecht said that no intramural points will be awarded to teams because 'it distracts from the purpose of the cause and isn't in the spirit of sports.'

Organizations can earn service points by participating in the Hunger Fun Run if the organization's service chairpersons approve of it, Davis said.

Each person on a team will run one lap around the intramural fields and the top teams will receive prizes from On the Border and Blockbuster Video. If people are interested and don't have a team, they are welcome to show up ahead of time and will be set up with a team.

'While Hunger Awareness Week emphasizes education, the Fun Run emphasizes involvement, and we want to let the campus get involved,' Davis said.

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