PHI ALPHA Volunteers help inmates put on their on Race for the Cure

When the men at the minimum security prison near downtown Indianapolis expressed an interest in participating for the Race for the Cure event last month, they faced one major obstacle – there was no way they could leave the grounds of the Indianapolis Re-Entry Facility on Indianapolis’ near-eastside.

Students VolunteersThat’s when Katherine Lykins, president of the Bachelor of Social Work Students Association and president of the Phi Alpha Kappa Gama Chapter, saw an opportunity to help the residents of the facility be part of the event. Lykins, who spent her senior year practicum working at the minimum security prison, enlisted volunteers from the Phi Alpha chapter to help the men at the facility hold their own Race for Cure event at the prison.

About 30 residents at the facility wanted to participate in a 5K walk-run, the same length as some 40,000 supporters of the race to find a cure to breast cancer walked or ran starting from the IUPUI campus. Each of the residents at the re-entry facility paid $5 to participate and to raise money for cancer research.

The BSW students helped orchestrate the 5K event at the facility, serving as time keepers to keep track of the laps each inmate ran in the 5k event.

Rob Schneider
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