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IU Northwest Athletics to host annual walk/run Sept. 24

Choose between RedHawk Rush or Walk for the Hawks to support the student athlete experience

Wednesday Aug 24, 2016

As the student-athletes of Indiana University Northwest will tell you, there’s more to athletics than just playing games.

Athletics builds character. Responsibility. Discipline. Work ethic. Athletics builds better students. Better people. Better societies.

The 3rd Annual Walk for the Hawks and the Inaugural RedHawk Rush 4-mile Run, set for 8 to 12 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, serve as a fundraiser for IU Northwest’s athletics program. The money students raise, and the entrance fees to the event will go towards enhancing the student-athlete experience at IU Northwest.

Darrius Davis, a basketball player majoring in business, said his involvement in athletics has led to participating in other student activities, including the Student Government Association, New Student Orientation, and more. His experience is proof that having a rewarding student life is crucial to one’s overall educational journey.

Davis talked about how having the money in the athletics budget to pay for post-season competition helps fuel the team’s desire to get there. It drives them to aim higher and achieve more. It helps them focus on their game without worry about how they’re going to raise the money to get to the championships.

Director of Athletics Kris Schnatz said participation in IU Northwest Athletics has boomed in recent years, largely due to the addition of golf and cross country. Student-athletes numbered about 33 four years ago. Today, roughly 85 student-athletes will be out in force at the event, all of them either walking, running or volunteering.

More athletes equals greater expenses that the Office of Athletics must cover. Travel expenses to post-season contests is the biggest need, said Schnatz, who has set this year’s fundraising goal at $12,000. 

Of course, non-runners and walkers can also contribute online at 

“The RedHawk Rush and Hawk Walk serve as the kick-off athletics event for the academic year, an opportunity for all the student athletes to get together and to raise awareness within the campus and community,” Schnatz said.

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