Butler runs for local kids

Some Butler University students will don their Halloween costumes Friday to support the U.S. Dream Academy in Butler’s first ever 5k costume run.

All proceeds from the event go directly to the U.S. Dream Academy.

The U.S. Dream Academy is an organization that works to empower children from impoverished communities, helping them succeed in school and avoid jail.

The organization aims to help children of all financial backgrounds achieve their dreams.

The men of Sigma Nu are sponsoring the event.

Juniors Mike Rozzo and Craig Fisher and sophomore Jeff Petty are planning the costume run.

The money raised from the run will specifically benefit kids in Indianapolis schools, Rozzo said, by helping schools afford computers, playgrounds and after-school programs.

Rozzo said the run will start in front of the Health and Recreation Complex and will end at the Sigma Nu fraternity house.

All participants are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes.

“All of the brothers will be dressed up,” Rozzo said. “Right now, we’re thinking about dressing like zombies.  Everyone else should come with their best costume.”

While the brothers will be dressed like zombies, Rozzo said this event will not be like the average zombie run.

“The zombies won’t be scaring people, and it won’t be haunted,” Rozzo said. “The brothers are there as guides to make sure everyone follows the path.”

Petty said the team is looking to provide food for the participants once they reach the end of the course.

With the costume run kicking off at 5 p.m., Petty said participants would still have time to take part in later evening plans.

Fisher said campus involvement is very important in all philanthropic efforts at Butler.

“We’re really excited to have this opportunity to get the whole campus involved in something that’s worthwhile,” Fisher said.

Students interested in participating in the costume run can sign up at the booth at Starbucks Monday through Friday.

Students must pay $5 in order to participate in the run.

“The money goes straight to the U.S. Dream Academy,” Rozzo said, “so I think it’ll be a great experience for whoever shows up.”

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