Chicago, Ill. - Roosevelt University Athletic Director Mike Cassidy will put his best foot forward for Roosevelt student-athletes on Thursday, Aug. 23, when he runs from the University's Schaumburg Campus to its Chicago Campus to raise money and awareness for Lakers Athletics.
The 27.8 mile "Run for Roosevelt" is 1.5 miles longer than the Chicago Marathon. Cassidy, an experienced long-distance runner, hopes to complete the distance in 4 hours and 30 minutes and raise more than $40,000.
Cassidy will begin his journey at 7:45 a.m. at Roosevelt's Schaumburg Campus, 1400 N. Roosevelt Rd., near Woodfield Mall. He will then trek southeast through suburban and city streets, ending at Roosevelt's new Wabash Building, in the heart of Chicago's loop, at 425 S. Wabash Ave.
"This run represents what it takes to be a successful student-athlete at Roosevelt," Cassidy said. "If you work hard and keep going, you will never feel more empowered than you do when you cross the finish line. For our student-athletes, that is earning their degree while also reaching all of their athletic aspirations."
Funds raised will go to support Roosevelt's 175 student-athletes who compete in 12 varsity sports and aid in the completion of the Athletic Department's new two-story, on-campus facility, the Lillian and Larry Goodman Center.
Roosevelt is entering its third season of intercollegiate athletics and competes as members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
Those interested in supporting the "Run for Roosevelt" and helping propel Cassidy on his journey, should contact Deidra Somerville at firstname.lastname@example.org for information or give online at www.roosevelt.edu/golakers.