What an awesome day! A dark, chilly October morning was brightened by energy and enthusiasm from SOAR staff, students, volunteers, and of course RUNNERS! The Eagle Run 5k is not new to SOAR, but it has been newly revived to help celebrate ADHD Awareness Month with our local community. Upon its return last year, a lot of hard worked rendered little results and left a lot of us here at SOAR feeling disappointed. But as you know, SOAR doesn’t believe in failures, but sees these situations as lessons learned and used this disappointment as motivation for our 2015 run.
It was a SUCCESS! We are so grateful to all of our sponsors, the outdoor community, every single volunteer, and to everyone who laced up their running shoes to support ADHD. Thanks to you all, we were able to raise $1,800 for the SOAR Scholarship Fund that will be designated to provide unforgettable adventures to youth with ADHD in our community.
We were lucky to have all of our Academy at SOAR students in attendance as well as a very special SOAR alumni and his father, Chris and Terry.
Chris has attended SOAR the past three summers, participating in our NC Academic Discovery course this past summer. After seeing so much growth this year, Chris’s parents encouraged him to join the cross country team at his high school, something that he has stuck with the entire season! Go Chris! When they heard about the Eagle Run 5k, they knew Chris would want to get involved, despite living three hours away. While it was great to reunite and hear about all of the successes Chris has had since his time at SOAR, it was also an incredible race-day reminder of what this event was all about! Chris and all of our students were an inspiration to everyone involved to continue our efforts in eliminating the stigma surrounding ADHD through awareness in our schools, communities, workplaces, nationally, and globally!
We are already thinking ahead and looking forward to next year’s race. We hope to see even more SOAR Alumni as well as increased support within our community!