BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson athletics department is partnering with the College and the Lewis Institute during the Centennial Family and Friends Weekend's 17th annual Cruickshank Race for Shelter on Saturday at 10 a.m. outside of the new state-of-the-art Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex (BRAC).
The Cruickshank Race for Shelter is a 5K run/2K walk that brings together students, families, alumni, faculty, staff, and the greater Wellesley and Boston communities to raise funds for Babson's Habitat for Humanity chapter and the Lewis Institute's Service and Justice Programs' volunteer initiatives.
"The Cruickshank 5K is more than just a tradition on Family and Friends Weekend," said Christina Barry, coordinator of the Lewis Institute's Service and Justice Programs. "It is a Babson community event supporting a cause that reflects our mission to create social and economic value everywhere. While we gather for a fun, community-driven day, the funds raised will help us to serve our local and global community while making service initiatives more accessible to students on campus."
This partnership is a part of the Babson Athletics Play it Forward community service program through the Yawkey Foundation. Play it Forward develops a leading community service program with youth organizations that serve the disadvantaged. The program introduces a culture of community service and philanthropy to Babson student-athletes while exposing disadvantaged students to role models to reinforce values, life skills and work habits students need in order to be successful.
In addition to assisting with the promotion and logistics of the race itself, members of Babson's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be selling raffle tickets during Friday's home women's volleyball match and on Saturday morning for the opportunity to win a 40" TV, Google Home and Apple AirPods. Winners will be drawn at halftime of men's soccer's home game.
SAAC members will hand out finisher medals while assisting in the recovery race zone at MacDowell Field from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The inflatable paradise will include miniature golf, the Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course, Meltdown, Baskeeball, QB Blitz, High Tower, Surgery and Up 4 It. Participants can also enjoy a tailgate hosted by Babson Dining on Isbrandtsen Field from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. while taking in the men's soccer game at 1 p.m.
"Teams, individual student-athletes, parents and families have always had high participation in the Cruickshank Race for Shelter," said Babson SAAC Advisor Shannon Torosian. "To be afforded the opportunity to be involved on the front end of this year's event while incorporating Play it Forward and SAAC has been extremely rewarding as we look to help raise awareness for one of Babson's longstanding signature events."
"By participating in the Cruickshank, you're participating in local and global change, community building and wellness," added Barry. "We are grateful to campus partners like Babson Athletics and those who planned Friends and Family Weekend for making this event possible and successful. We truly hope to see as many people as possible this weekend having fun and supporting a great cause."