By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor in Chief
289 participants and multiple volunteers braved a cold, soggy and windy morning on Saturday, May 3 to honor former Huron High School Junior Jimmy Williams. The race was held at Willow Metropark in New Boston, MI.
Williams, who was an honor student and exceptional football player at Huron High, died in a car crash on Nov. 18 2012 while he was traveling with his family through South Carolina on vacation.
Participants of the event included friends of Jimmy Williams, Huron School students, teachers and other people from around the community.
According to race director Keith Becki, approximately $8000 was raised from sponsors, registration fees paid by the participants and from those who couldn’t make it to the event but wanted to donate.
“All proceeds minus costs go to the scholarship fund,” said Becki. “Our sponsors were incredible this year,” he said. Some of the money raised may be set aside for next year’s start up fees.
The Jimmy Williams Memorial Scholarship will be rewarded to two Huron High School Seniors this year at graduation. The two seniors who will be awarded the scholarship will be required to have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, will be attending college or a trade school in the fall of 2014, must have been a Huron High School athlete and must have demonstrated leadership abilities by participating in a club or community service.
Just before the event started, Huron School District Superintendent Richard Naughton commented on the strength of the community following the death of Jimmy Williams. “We came together then, we’ll come together now,” said Naughton. “This was one of (Jimmy’s) passions,” said Naughton.
Commenting on the reason why the organizers of the event picked a turtle as it’s image, Naughton noted that Williams was a slow and steady type of young man. “Jimmy always came through,” said Naughton.
Race director Keith Becki noted that they are already in the process of organizing next year’s event. “We are finalizing the financial portion and booking the required suppliers for next year,” said Becki.
Organizers hope to make the Jimmy Williams Memorial Run an annual event, and plan to add a kids themed “fun run” in the future.
To stay up to date on future races as well as the scholarship fund, visit the Jimmy Williams Memorial 5K Run’s website.
Jimmy Williams Memorial 5K Slideshow
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