More than 70 Boston University student-athletes combined to volunteer at two events across the city on Sunday. The day of community service started early in the morning at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on the Esplanade and continued in the afternoon at the Brian Honan 5K Run/Walk in Brighton.
For the 12th-consecutive year, the Terriers arrived at the Esplanade before 7 a.m. and were responsible for registering all participants at the "Making Strides" event, directing walkers and handling donations.
In addition to the BU student-athletes who volunteered at the event's registration tables, the entire BU men's basketball team participated in the walk.
Boston's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is the nation's oldest and largest one-day breast cancer fundraiser. Each year the event raises more than $3 million with over 40,000 walkers participating.
Later on Sunday, more than 30 Boston University student-athletes participated in the Brian J. Honan 5K Run/Walk in Brighton. BU Student-athletes, including members of the women's lightweight rowing team, ran the 3.1 mile course to help raise money for the Brian Honan Charitable Fund which provides scholarships for Allston-Brighton school children. This year, over 2,000 runners participated in the event.
"It was great to come out today and participate in the Honan Road Race," said SAAC president Samantha Wapner
of the lightweight rowing team. "Getting out into the community is so important and today we helped raise money for local scholarships."
Boston University sponsored over 600 volunteer runners from all across the BU community. The money raised through the Honan 5K benefits the scholarship funds of the Allston and Brighton Board of Trade. The race also benefits the Honan Family Charitable Fund which donates to local and national programs that support education, recreation, housing and healthcare.
The race was part of Boston University's Student Athlete Advisory Council's (SAAC) ongoing community outreach initiative. For each volunteer runner who signed up, Boston University donated the $20 registration fee to the Honan Charitable Fund.
Following the road race, the Terriers' day was still not done. Immediately after the race, members of the BU Cheer and Dance Teams participated in the Brighton Day Parade, following along behind Rhett who was riding in BU Facilities truck. The teams gave out candy to children on the route and performed along the way.
For more information about the Brian Honan Charitable Fund click HERE
For more information on how to donate to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk click HERE