NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans cross country team gathered one last time before Christmas break to help out a good cause. On December 10, both the men and women participated in Youth Run New Orleans.
Youth Run NOLA is an after-school, youth development program for at-risk middle and high school students in the Greater New Orleans region. Teacher-coaches and adult mentors lead the organization at school-based chapters and operate on an eight-month school calendar.
Through a program of guided training in preparation for the annual Crescent City Classic 10k race, the students of Youth Run NOLA develop active, healthy lifestyles, build character and commitment, and prepare to become tomorrow's community leaders.
On that Saturday morning, the kids joined the Loyola cross-country team for either a 5 or 10K run through Audubon Park. The opportunity allowed the student-athletes to connect with a younger generation and to teach the positive aspects of running and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
“Many of our athletes ran right alongside the kids while others showed their support by cheering them on,” said Loyola head cross-country and track coach Andy Canegitta. “Most of the kids were thrilled to run with a college athlete and it motivated them to work even harder. It was a privilege to help out and I think it was a real eye-opener for my athletes to see that they can indeed impact a kid’s future with their actions.”
Youth Run New Orleans uses running as a medium to inspire and prepare students for success on the track, in the classroom, and in the community. As of today, 110 students participate in the program and have logged over 736 miles.
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