FHN Black and Gold Day 5K Raises Money for Henderson Bear Necessities

Posted on 10/04/2019
FHN coach, Brett Bevill, presents check to Henderson's Bear Necessities

It’s homecoming season, but for FHN, it’s also a season of giving. The FHN football team presented a $500 check to Henderson Elementary’s “Bear Necessities” during their homecoming game on Sept. 27. The team raised money for the organization during their Black and Gold 5K earlier this school year.

FHN football playersThe 5K kicked off the annual Black and Gold Day and included almost 100 runners. The participants lapped around the FHN stadium, past Henderson, and ended with a 40-yard dash on the football field. Over twenty members of the football team supported the runners by directing them along the route and handing out footballs as they neared the finish line. When they finished the 5K, participants had the opportunity to spike the ball or show off their best end zone celebration dance moves.

The day was full of energy, but it also allowed the community and the FHN football team to support a great cause. The money raised will support over 60 Henderson students in need and will provide them with food on the weekends.  FHN football coach Brett Bevill shared how the players are learning what it means to be a leader in the community. “We talk a lot about how leadership is serving other people. That is something we try to pride ourselves on.”

FHN Black and Gold 5K participants line up along the trackFHN football player Aaron Lashley decided to participate as a runner in the 5K this year, along with several other players. “The event is pretty important to keep people active and to help provide for people in need,” said Lashley. Along with Lashley, many other community members participated in the event, including teachers, students, and parents from FHN, Henderson, and Becky-David.

Assistant principals Jeff Blankenship and Erin Steep also participated. “My favorite part of the event is the strong sense of community,” shared Steep. “The race lends itself to making connections between students and staff that might not have happened in the context of a regular school day.”

Henderson’s Bear Necessities appreciated the support from their community, especially from former students. “Personally, I love all the help and support we get from our Henderson community, but what makes this 5K special is that our past kids are helping our current kids.” shared Bear Necessities organizer Heather Bitter. Whether you are a Henderson Eagle or an FHN Knight, there are always ways to support one another in FHSD. Thank you to the Black and Gold 5K participants, volunteers, and supporters for being an inspiration to us all!

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