Xavier University participates annually in the United Negro College Fund Walk for Education, which raises monies for students attending historically black universities. The 27th annual 5k event is Oct. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at Audubon Park off St. Charles Avenue. It should attract about 400 people in a competition between Xavier and Dillard University, Deon Ridgell, assistant dean for student life said.

Registration will be on the first floor of the University Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 1 until Oct. 10. Registration is $35 for faculty and staff, and free for students.

Xavier participants will receive a commemorative Dr. Norman C. Francis t-shirt celebrating the president’s 47 years of service to the university. Christy Lagarde, associate director for Xavier’s Center for Student Leadership and Service, said shirts are handed to students at sign-up with their bib numbers.

Buses for on-campus students leave residential halls at 7:30 a.m. and return after 12 p.m., Lagarde said. Commuters can park in the lot behind Aubodon Zoo.

The 5K event features a stretching warm-up, free hot food, refreshments, transportation and proceeds from the walk go directly towards UNCF scholarships. According to the UNCF, $43,000 has been raised towards the goal of $125,000. Lagarde encourages students to join the walk she’s helping coordinate.

“It’s a great way for students to see what UNCF is about and how it contributes to their education. It also gives them a chance to give back so others can be where they are,” Lagarde said.

Marcus Jackson, Student Government Association President, had similar remarks. “UNCF gives a lot to students and we should show their generosity is appreciated,” Jackson said.

The UNCF plays a crucial role in the success of HBCUs. “The United Negro College Fund is necessary to keep HBCUs alive and educating African Americans. It’s important to give back and Xavierites always step up to brighten young minds,” Lagarde said.

For more information visit www.uncf.org/NewOrleansWalk, Lagarde in the MAX office on the 3rd floor of the University Center, or call (504) 520.5132.

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