NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With more than 5,000 chapters holding annual events around the world, why wasn't Belmont University involved in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life?
That was the thinking this fall when a group of Belmont students began organizing one of the community-based fundraising events for next spring to join the fight against cancer.
"We looked at the area around us and the other schools that are already involved, and we just thought, 'Why aren't we on board with this?'" said Nate Nammour, the recently appointed Belmont Relay For Life Vice President of Recruitment. "Especially at Belmont, such a tight-knit family as Belmont Bruins."
Nammour, a junior track and field student-athlete, has been working this fall to spread the word of Belmont's first ever Relay For Life event along with fellow executive team members Olivia Bell (President), Morgan Smith (VP of Administration), Ally Fuchs (VP of Production), Steven Henry (VP of Fundraising) and Emma Shiliday (VP of Marketing).
The sprinter from Tampa, Fla., said he believes Bruins athletics can use its visibility within the campus community to make a difference through ventures like Relay For Life.
Those participating will gather at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Sports Science Building on the south end of campus. After a Survivor/Caregiver Lap around the track to honor those affected by cancer, team members will begin their walks to raise funds through pledges.
"Being a first-year student organization and our first year on campus, right now our priority is to get as many participants together as possible. That's our biggest obstacle because we have no foundation here," Nammour said.
More information on how to get involved can be found at www.relayforlife.org/