Last Sunday the UNO Cheer Team volunteered their morning to support Race for the Cure. On October 4 the Susan G. Komen foundation hosted their annual Omaha- Council Bluffs area Race for the Cure 5k for breast cancer.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is one of the largest 5K walks in the United States. Each year it raises funds for breast cancer research and focuses of raising awareness of the disease. Susan G. Komen has a huge focus on celebrating the lives of those affected by breast cancer. The survivors of Breast Cancer are given bright pink runner tags and the families who have lost a loved one to breast cancer have tags honoring who they walk for. According to Susan G. Komen Nebraska, since its inception in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure series has grown from one local race with 800 participants to a global series of more than 140 Races with more than one million people expected to participate in 2014.
This year was hosted in the newly finished Baxter Arena in Aksarben Village. Thousands of Omaha residents filled the streets around Stinson park for the 5K. The UNO Cheer Team has volunteered as the face of UNO at Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure every year. Attending Race for the Cure is a very important event for the them. The girls say that they really look forward to going every year. They even gear up with pink poms for the whole month of October to raise awareness for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“The UNO Cheer Team loves to support Race for the Cure,” said the teams co-captain, Taylor Boham, ” We love coming down every year, it’s a big event for us.”
The UNO Cheer Team lined up and stood next to the Race’s starting line to encourage runners and spread the spirit to the crowds. After the Race begun, they cheered along the sidewalks on the runners paths. As the participants were finishing the Race, the UNO Cheer and Dance Teams helped hand out pink carnations to the runners with pink runner’s tags, signifying that they currently have breast cancer or have survived past the disease.
“This is one our favorite parts,” said Boham,”we love seeing all the survivors and hearing the stories of those walking in memory of loved ones.”
The UNO Cheer Team also volunteers at several other charity events throughout the year.
“Getting involved in our community is a very humbling experience,” said Boham, ” we really look forward to attending events like this.”
The UNO Cheer Team represents at all University of Nebraska Omaha athletic events as well student community events. However focusing on UNO is not their only goal, UNO’s Cheer Team puts a huge focus on volunteering in the community and attends several events throughout the year to benefit an array of different causes.
Some of the other main volunteer events that the team attends include:
- American Heart Association’s Red Dress Run for heart disease
- Claussen-Lehey Run/Walk to support UNO athletics
- KETV’s 7 Can Help Kids Back-To- School Backpack Drive for Omaha area kids in need of backpacks and school supplies
- Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual Shareholders Meeting in Omaha to advocate for UNO and the value of higher education as “Life Investors”
- Boys Town National research Hospital’s 5 mile Run/ “Stroll” Walk for Lied Learning and Technology Center for Childhood Deafness and Vision Disorders
- Omaha Tobacco Free Parks Initiative Walk for a Tobacco Free environment
- Henry Doorly Zoo’s Annual Back to School Bash for Omaha- Council Bluffas area children to get excited for going back to school
- UNO Cheer’s Cheer Clinic to empower young girls who like to dance and cheer
- Omaha’s Corporate Cup 10K and 2 Mile Race for funding American Lung Association
- National Down Syndrome Society’s “Buddy Walk” for Down Syndrome Awareness Month
For more information, check out the UNO Cheer Team’s Facebook page.