Run, don’t walk…
To register for the first KC Blind All-Stars Foundation 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk on Saturday, Sept. 21. You don’t want to miss out on a chance to support the Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB).
What: KC Blind All-Stars 5K benefitting Kansas State School for the Blind
When: 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21
Where: KSSB, 1100 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66102
Registration is available online at: 5K Run Sign-up
The race, which will start and end on the campus of KSSB. Then will head up to Minnesota Ave., and then turn on 7th St. Trafficway before it turns around at Riverview Ave to loop back to the finish line at the school.
Not only is the KCBAS 5K a race and walk, but it’s also a family event. It will feature food trucks, a fire truck, police mascot, face painting, braille station, double pop-a-shot basketball, free giveaways and raffle prizes from community partners.
The KC Blind All-Stars Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has been supporting the school for years through various fundraising efforts. KCBAS provides financial support for the School for the Blind in a wide range of creative programs: Technology; Education, Employment & Entrepreneurial; Athletics & Extracurricular Activities; Music & Arts; and Skill Building.
“The 2019 KCBAS 5K evolved from the Community Walk that has taken place at KSSB the past two years,” said John DeLeon, president of the KCBAS board. “We wanted to touch more people in the community as well as build awareness of the school’s statewide footprint. Plus, the 5K needed to take place in the community that the school has been a cornerstone of for over 150 years.”
DeLeon added that in the spirit of being the cornerstone of KCK, the foundation is thrilled that the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce is supporting the race as a Premier sponsor.
“KSSB’s faculty and staff are humbled that the KC Blind All-Stars are willing to showcase the capability and potential of the students we serve – to the broader community,” said Jon Harding, superintendent for KSSB. “The KCBAS 5K Race serves as a reminder that an inclusive, equitable, and accessible society is possible for individuals who are blind/visually impaired. The funds and awareness raised through the KCBAS 5K Run can assist Kansas students who are blind/visually impaired along their journey to independence and success.”