From the Joppatowne PTSA and Athletic Boosters:
On May 31st Joppatowne High PTSA and Athletic Boosters hosted the 1st annual Wounded Warrior community 5K run/walk event at Joppatowne High School to assist service members who have been injured in the line of duty.
Far exceeding expectations for its first year, the student-led event brought in over 300 community members and in excess of $6,000. This includes over 30 veterans who were both honored in the opening ceremony as well as given free admission and a unique event shirt.
All proceeds from the Wounded Warrior 5K will be donated to the nonprofit organization Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), and will support a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families.
The event was held at Joppatowne High School through its nature course, in which volunteers worked hard to prepare ahead of the event. The United States Marine Corps brought in almost 50 recruits and Marines to help man water stations, direct participants, and discuss career opportunities.
The event was part of the county’s service learning requirement for graduation, for which the students were honored at a county-wide ceremony two weeks ago at the Amoss Center at Harford Technical High School for their vision, planning, and lofty goal.
“My family had the pleasure of participating in the WW5K at JHS this past Saturday. It was a wonderful event that helped raise monies for a cause that is near to my family’s heart. As a child of a wounded veteran I can’t think of a better cause to give to. The students and community of Joppatowne
came together and put on a seamless event. We can’t wait till next year’s event.”
Lisa Foley, participant and Joppatowne High parent
The students are already excited to grow the event for next year going deeper into the community and potentially doubling participation.