Runners enjoyed the award-winning “Jogging for Jack Superhero 5K” fundraiser held last spring.

A student-coordinated fundraising run held last April has been honored with a national award. Student-athlete Jase Pater ’16 organized “Jogging for Jack Superhero 5K”—a community event to benefit Jack Cassidy, the two-year-old son of our women’s soccer coach, Neil Cassidy. Jack has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer. Since he was a huge fan of super heroes—especially Superman—public relations major and distance runner Pater and the Saint Mary’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee came up with the Superhero 5K theme.

Representatives from each of our 21 varsity athletic teams were among the 50-plus student-athletes involved in the logistics of the event. And more than 100 student-athletes were among the 300 people from the Saint Mary’s and Winona communities, along with friends of the Cassidy family, who turned out to show their support.

The event raised more than $9,500 to assist the Cassidy family with Jack’s medical expenses. The efforts of everyone involved were recognized for honorable mention by the NADIIIAA/Jostens Community Service Awards program, which highlights the many contributions Division III student-athletes regularly make to their campuses and local communities.