When you work for a court in the American justice system, it is very rare to be able say, “Everybody wins.” Yet that’s exactly what happened on June 6, 2015, when we took the competition we usually see in the courtroom to the roads, for a common goal: helping kids.
The Tennessee Self-Insurers’ Association and the Tennessee Division of Workers’ Compensation hosted its inaugural Kids’ Chance 5K Run in Nashville. Approximately 150 registered runners and walkers, ranging from toddlers in strollers to septuagenarians, successfully tackled the hills and heat to show support for Kids’ Chance of Tennessee, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids who need assistance for college because a parent or legal guardian has been fatally or catastrophically injured in a work-related accident. We raised thousands of dollars for, and awareness about, this truly worthy cause.
We didn’t do it alone. We reached out to a number of businesses and organizations that were happy to help, donating time, money or both. In addition, the Nashville Striders provided its race organization expertise, to include tabulating the results and photographing the event from start to finish. The Division’s very own Robert Marioni captured some classic moments from the event as well; see the video below. Finally, a huge thank-you to the Division’s Suzy Douglas, who put her heart and soul into leading the planning for this event and got started well over a year before it took place. Events of this caliber require a great deal of orchestration. It went off beautifully, Suzy — well done!