This fall, Saturday afternoons have been lacking in Volunteer performance, as the boys in orange went winless in October.
But on Nov. 17, everyone will have a chance to boost their own volunteerism, and maybe break a sweat as well. The "Running with Hope 5K" on Nov. 17 will provide that opportunity.
Redeeming Hope Ministries of Knoxville is hosting the "Running with Hope 5K" at 11 a.m., beginning and ending in Circle Park.
The cost for students who register early and have a valid student ID is just $15, while the general public's early registration cost is $25. The cost will go up $5 for day-of registration.
Participants will receive a T-shirt commemorating the event, and snacks and beverages will be provided when the race is over. Awards will be given to the top three runners overall, along with the top three male and female runners in each age division.
UT's Haslam Scholars Program partnered with Redeeming Hope Ministries to make the event possible. Marianela D'Aprile, senior in architecture, is a student coordinator for the event.
"We partnered with them," D'Aprile said, "because we found their cause, holistic healing for the homeless of urban Knoxville, to be particularly pertinent both locally and globally."
Redeeming Hope has been working among the homeless and marginalized in the Knoxville community, specifically the Fort Sanders area since 2009, helping supply both food and a voice to those in need.
Their web site states, "(We believe) that no one should be denied access to the fundamental needs of life because of social displacement or economic poverty."
Eddie Young leads Redeeming Hope Ministries as the Executive Director.
"(The funds) will go towards helping our efforts in empowering the underprivileged," Young said.
Last year's 5K was a great success with about 300 registrants. Young hopes for a similar turnout this year, but is more interested in raising awareness. Although numbers and dollars are great for nonprofits, the impact on social attitude is most invaluable. The more people who are aware of the poverty and homelessness in Knoxville, the more likely people are to take action.
Kelsey Campbell, undecided freshman, is excited about the event.
"This will be my first 5K, and I couldn't think of a better cause to run for," Campbell said. "The course looks like it will be challenging, but I am looking forward to giving it a try."
All proceeds raised from the race will go to Redeeming Hope Ministries. The donations are tax deductible. To find out more about the organization and to register early, visit redeeminghope.com.