Mason School students run for a great cause in Yorktown

This Saturday March 23rd, the Mason School of Business MBA Association at the College of William & Mary will host the annual Yorktown Victory Run, and all of the proceeds from the race will go to Kidz’NGrief to provide support for families who are grieving the death of a loved one.  The eight mile race is a Grand Prix event for the Colonial Road Runners organization, and draws runners from all over Virginia.

It starts at Newport News Park and follows the bike path through the Yorktown Battlefield to Colonial National Historical Park’s Yorktown Victory Monument. The race has been in existence since 1976, and this is the eighth year that it will be organized by Mason MBA students and benefit Kidz’NGrief.

The Yorktown Victory Run is one of the many successful student leadership projects at the Mason School of Business.  The number of runners that have participated in the Yorktown Victory Run race has expanded significantly over the last few years, and we continue to look for opportunities to increase involvement.  The race is sponsored by local businesses and organizations, including the Mason School of Business, but is entirely student-organized.

Kidz’NGrief offers grief and education support to children and teens as they cope with the emotions and changes they experience through bereavement support groups and hosts “Mikey’s Camp” in the fall each year.  Mikey’s Camp provides many activities designed to help children/teens express themselves and develop bonds with others. This past year over 40 kids from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach, Virginia along with a staff of professional grief facilitators from Bon Secours Hospice Care and trained volunteers were able to attend Mikey’s Camp.

As the Community Service Committee Chair for the MBA Association I have enjoyed helping to coordinate the Yorktown Victory Run for the past two years. This year’s race will be particular special for me having spent the weekend as a Big Buddy to youth at Mikey’s Camp this past fall.  Playing games, zip lining, hiking, and bonfires were just a number of the many activities campers enjoyed.  These activities along with many other sessions designed to help facilitate the healing process for youth would not have been possible without the support of students from the Mason School of Business.

As a runner and volunteer for the Yorktown Victory Run I am excited to participate in honor of all the buddies I made at Mikey’s Camp this past year.  I will be running in my Mikey’s Camp shirt signed by all my little buddies and hope you might consider joining me this Saturday.  To find out how you can register to run/walk in this year’s race or support Kidz’NGrief please visit our race website.

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Chad Chadbourn

Chad Chadbourn is a 2nd year MBA candidate at The College of William & Mary where he has helped plan local service projects in coordination with the MBA Association and several local nonprofits including Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Red Cross, and KIDZ' N GRIEF as the 2nd year MBA Association Community Service Committee Chair. Prior to coming to W&M he was an International Agricultural Development Specialist with U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service. In addition, he previously served as research associate at Nathan Associates, an international economic development consulting firm. While at Nathan Associates Chad coordinated employee and corporate philanthropic support for the United Way campaign. In addition, Chad served as a Community Economic Development Adviser with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica from 2006 – 2008. As a Peace Corps volunteer he coordinated numerous programs and events including a youth scout troop, community recycling program, and classes in English, business, and technology with several nonprofits. Chad is fluent in Spanish and holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington.

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