Contributed by Toni Nelson, intern with University Communications and Marketing
The UNC Pembroke softball squad participated in Victory Junction’s 12th annual Run to Victory 5k/10k in Randleman.
Victory Junction, founded in honor of NASCAR driver Adam Petty, is a camp for children with serious illnesses and disabilities. At the camp, children who, on a daily basis, are bound by their limitations are able to break free and just be kids. Families of campers are not charged for this experience thanks to monies raised during the annual Run to Victory event.
Toni Nelson and Haleigh Epperson, both seniors on the softball team, interned at Victory Junction in the area of marketing and public relations last summer. As their passion for Victory Junction grew, they knew they had to get their team involved.
“I wanted to bring some of the most important people in my life somewhere that holds a special place in my heart,” Epperson said.
Normally they’re working as a team to win games on the field, but during the September 16 run they worked together to raise money for children to go to camp. While participating in the run, the softball squad raised $1,160, ranking them among the top fundraising teams.
Run to Victory raised a total of $80,000. To put it into perspective, the funds raised will allow more than 30 children to attend camp, free of charge.
“I’m grateful to Victory Junction and the Run to Victory program because they allowed us to invest our time into their mission and serve others,” said head Coach Brittany Bennett.
Team members said they are grateful for the opportunity to grow closer as a team and help raise money for children to be able to experience this incredible place called Victory Junction.