5-K Cru for a Cause: Race against human trafficking
Human trafficking is a serious global issue most people do not like to think happens in the U.S., especially in Texas.
In hopes of fighting these inhumane transactions, the resident assistants at Beall joined with Freedom Youth Project of San Antonio to raise money to help these trafficking victims through a 5-K race April 14.
Every year, the Beall RAs vote on several causes to raise awareness for through a 5-K run called Cru for a Cause.Last year, cancer was the chosen one, but human trafficking prevailed this year.
“I feel strongly about this cause because a lot of people think of it as a foreign issue. No one knows it’s right next door,” Resident Director Christan Hammonds said. “There have even been girls rescued from Killeen, and it keeps growing.”
All of the university was invited to participate, and even a Kid-K was held after the main race.
One hundred percent of the proceeds went to the Freedom Youth Project in San Antonio.
Placing second in the race was junior exercise and sport science major Aaron Miller.
He likes the races because they are local and he can run with his friends. He tries to participate every year except last year due to an injury.
“I’ve always made it a point to race in the on-campus races to be a part of the school,” Miller said. “I don’t want to do it just so I can go fast. I want to do it for the right reasons.”
The race began at Mayborn, wrapped throughout the campus to the overpass bridge then ended back at Mayborn.
Bounce houses, face painting, bake sales, a silent auction and donation booths were present to help raise money for the cause.
“I would always love for there to be more, but it was a good turnout, and there were a lot of people cheering them on,” Hammonds said.
The 5-K event along with the booth’s donations raised a total of $3,000.
There were 78 running participants for the 5-K and about 10 for the Kid-K.
Finishing in tenth place was sophomore pre-physical therapy major Zack Bailey.
“It was a great feeling knowing that we were running for a good cause,” Bailey said.
In the United States, there are 15,000 to 18,000 international victims per year who are smuggled or transported within the U.S. to be used in either forced labor or sex slavery.
Human trafficking is a lot closer to home than most people would like to believe.
With American-born 12 to 14 -year-old girls being high in demand, it is horrible to fathom that Texas is responsible for more than 20 percent of these transactions.
Unfortunately, San Antonio is a hot spot because of its location on the I-35 and I-10 corridor.
“I believe that human trafficking is a violation of our God-given rights to be free,” senior exercise sport science major and race volunteer Kevin Cox said.
The Freedom Youth Project’s main mission is to spread public awareness to multiple communities about this issue.
They raise money to help fight this problem and build restoration homes for the former victims.
For more in-depth information about this important cause visit www.freedomyouthproject.org.