April 13, 2011

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 10

Help 'Stomp Out Stigma' in on-campus race

Participants in last year's "Stomp Out Stigma 5k Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk" line up at the starting line.

Participants in last year's "Stomp Out Stigma 5k Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk" line up at the starting line.

A mark of shame. An undesirable difference. A stigma. Niagara University invites you to stomp these out.

On April 17, NU hosts the fifth annual Stomp Out Stigma 5k Run & 1-Mile Fun Walk here on campus. Proceeds benefit the Mental Health Association of Niagara County, whose mission is to alleviate the stigma and public misunderstanding of mental illness.

It has turned into a great event that involves both students, employees, and the local, nearby communities all coming together to enjoy physical activity and raise funds for a good cause, said race director and Assistant Director of Campus Activities Bill Newton.

The Campus Programming Board, along with NUSGA, Active Minds (at NU) and participants, has raised $8,000 in donations these past four years and hopes to continue this success in the future. (Newton would also like to thank all the student NU volunteers.)

The race begins at 9 a.m. between the softball field and O'Shea parking lot and continues down University Drive, up University Road and back down again. It takes a left onto University Drive, swings around the back of the Campus Bookstore, and ends right before the round-about.

After the race, participants can enjoy a fun-filled post-race party held at the Kiernan Center, the same place they will register. The post-race party will feature a DJ, food, refreshments and an award ceremony for the top three finishers in various age groups.

Another fun and new attraction this year is the Stomp Photo Booth, where participants can remember their experience for years to come.

Registration is still open, and the first 200 registered participants will receive a purple pint glass. Registration for NU students is $10 and $15 for employees.

We are hoping to have 200 participants so we hope to see everyone on Sunday, April 17! Newton said.
To register, visit the Office of Campus Activities or go online at www.niagara.edu/stompoutstigma5k.

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