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September's 5k Walk For The Hawks benefits athletic program

$9,000 raised to support the student-athlete experience

Tuesday Sep 29, 2015

Approximately 100 student-athletes, staff and RedHawk supporters participated in IU Northwest's 2nd Annual Walk for the Hawks 5k fundraiser on the Gary campus in late September.

“We had great weather and a great turnout from all of our supporters,” said Director of Athletics Kristofer Schnatz. “In just two quick years this event has grown into part of our tradition here on campus.”

The 5k walk generated $9,000 this year, up approximately $1,500 from the inaugural event in 2014. Student-athletes, staff and supporters gain financial support through online gifts and 5k walkers. The funds raised during this event are used to support the student-athlete experience throughout the year.

“This event has the potential to continue to grow,” said Schnatz. “Next year we plan to move this event to the spring which will allow us more time to encourage additional members of our campus community to come out and join us for a great cause. Our athletic program is focused on continuously improving the student-athlete experience.”

Schnatz recognized two individuals at the conclusion of the event in front of the large crowd with a special “thank you” for the most money raised by a student-athlete (women’s basketball player Hattie Andrews) and the most money raised overall (Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Mary Lee).

“This event is only successful because of all the support of our friends, family and students,” said Schnatz.  “We are looking forward to another successful year of collegiate athletics on our campus."

The next campus event hosted by the Office of Athletics is a can food drive at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the Savannah Center. Please contact the Office of Athletics for more information or to donate canned food items.

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