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Vance High student Jordin Wright

Vance High student Jordin Wright celebrates receiving a $4,000 Race2Educate 5K Community Walk/Run Scholarship at the April 6 event.

April 6 was a great day for University City schools and scholars, thanks to the Race2Educate 5K and its many sponsors.

Nearly 900 adults and youth competed for pride and awards, but the day’s biggest winners were the nine Vance High students who received Race2Educate community scholarships totaling $40,000.

“It was inspiring to see our community show up in force to support our schools, the students, administrators and families,” said Rob Rogers, who birthed the annual event as a way to draw business and community support for University City public schools.

A total of 34 students have now received scholarships since Race2Educate began in 2013.


More than 1,000 participants, friends and volunteers!

The Race2Educate 5K and Fun Run took place at the new Morehead STEM Academy in the Governors Village cluster of schools in University Research Park.

Nearly 900 adults and youth took part in the 5K and Fun Run. Hundreds of friends and volunteers also came to the school to cheer on the runners and enjoy music, play in a bounce house and visit numerous booths.

The 5K course took runners through the Northside Baptist Church campus, where church members cheered for everyone taking part, Rogers says.

More than 1,000 new children’s books were given away, as well, thanks to generous donors who provided money for the books.

Seventeen businesses, churches and community groups worked with University City Connect to host the 2019 event and raise $47,250 in donations for scholarships and schools.


More schools than ever benefiting from Race2Educate

Race2Educate began in 2013 to provide college scholarships to students attending the four Governors Village schools: Nathaniel Alexander Elementary and John Morehead STEM Academy (now operating as one K-8 school, the Governors Village STEM Academy), James Martin Middle School and Zebulon Vance High School.

The event expanded in 2018 to benefit five more schools serving University City: Cato Middle College; Martin Luther King Jr. Middle; and Hidden Valley, Newell and University Meadows elementary schools.


Thanks to our many sponsors!

Race2Educate is made possible by the growing village of supporting businesses, churches and community groups.

The following businesses and groups provided funds for the event:

TIAA, Ingersoll Rand, The Hartford, Alight Solutions, Atrium Health, Fox Sports, University City Partners, Chick-fil-A, Hendrick Lexus, Elevation Church, Nikao Church, Northside Baptist Church, Sam’s Club, Tide Dry Cleaners and Mavis Tire.

Several groups and businesses provided important in-kind donations. Keith Family YMCA gave away two free weeks at summer camp. Lowes Home Improvement donated gift cards and a Home Hub System as a prize. Coca Cola donated Dasani water. Smoothie King provided free smoothies.


Prizes for top runners and “Most Cow Spirit”

"Most Cow Spirit" award winners

The “Most Cow Spirit” award was won by three generations of one family including their 93-year-old grandfather

The top male and female 5K runners won free Chick-fil-A for a year, courtesy of the event’s title sponsor, Chick-fil-A University Place.

Chick-fil-A University Place also sponsors a contest for runners who show the “Most Cow Spirit” by coming dressed as the restaurant chain’s mascot, a cow. This year’s winner was actually three generations of the same family, including their 93-year-old grandfather who came dressed in a cow costume and riding a wheelchair.

“We had so much fun,” said Rogers, who owns Chick-fil-A University Place.


Learn more and help sponsor Race2Educate 2020

  • See photos of the April 6 event on Race2Educate’s Facebook page.
  • Learn more about University City Connect and its support of University City Schools at universitycityconnect.org.
  • Become a 2020 sponsor. To learn how your business or group can help sponsor the 2020 Race2Educate, contact Race Director Ashley Lisk at cfauniversityplace@gmail.com or 704-674-8418.
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