Charity football run aids Red Cross

The fourth-annual Fiji Football Run kicked off Friday, Oct. 4, as Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) chapters from Hanover College and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology carry a football from Hanover, Ind., to Terre Haute, Ind., to support chapters of the American Red Cross in Jefferson County and Terre Haute.

The football used during the run will arrive in time for the opening kickoff of Hanover's football game at Rose-Hulman. The contest is slated for Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Engineers' Cook Stadium.

Andrew Hanna, president of Hanover’s Tau Chapter commented, “We have a lot of fun with the football run and look forward to it every year. The event just keeps getting bigger and we hope to make this event a permanent fixture on campus."

Members of both chapters will run in groups of two during the scheduled route, which covers nearly 150 miles. Individuals will each run approximately nine miles during the trek between the two campuses.

During the dash to Rose-Hulman, the students will cover ground passing through the counties of Jefferson, Scott, Washington, Lawrence, Monroe, Clay and Vigo.

This is the fourth year for the Football Run. Last year, the fraternities raised nearly $10,000 for the American Red Cross.

Sandy Sailor, executive director of the Jefferson County Red Cross, said “I am so pleased with this group. The timing this year turns out to be very beneficial to us because we just had two families lose everything in house fires. When you have a group as willing and eager to help our organization, it really makes you feel good about the college and your community."

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