Legacy Celebration Addresses Fatherlessness in Sacramento For Father’s Day Weekend

Fatherless Image 2SACRAMENTO — In order to raise much-needed resources to expand its ability to reach more at-risk boys and families in need, and to help raise awareness about the serious problem of fatherlessness, a unity run is in the works.

The Shoulder To Shoulder is sponsoring the first-ever inaugural edition of The Legacy Challenge 5K Run/Walk during Father’s Day Weekend.

The challenge will be held on the morning of Saturday, June 18 on the West Steps of the State Capitol Building along with many other family activities. Proceeds will benefit the urban fatherless youth in our inner cities.

Registration opens at 6:45 a.m., the Special Legacy Challenge Ceremony is at 8:05 a.m., and 5K Run/Walk starts 25 minutes later. Awards ceremony to follow event at 9:45 a.m.

The prizes for overall male and female winners; and top finishers in each age division. The age divisions are 2 and under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 plus.

The fees are $30 for adults age 18 and above and $20 for age 17 and under.

Fatherlessness has become a pandemic social disease in our society negatively affecting 30 million children nationwide and more than 200,000 children in the Sacramento region.

Shoulder To Shoulder (STS) is Sacramento’s premiere non-profit organization specializing in breaking the cycle of fatherlessness.

STS provides one-on-one, long-term mentoring of young fatherless boys in the inner city along with providing support services for the boys’ single moms and grandmothers who are raising them.

Here’s a snapshot of youth growing up in the neighborhood of Del Paso Heights. Seventy percent are in fatherless homes, 96 percent are on the free lunch program, and 60 percent are behind two or more years in basic education, according to STS.

Legacy Day Events:
· Hundreds of families gathering to celebrate fathers
· Children contest winners will read why “What I Love Most About My Dad”
· Hundreds of families in a morning 5K Run/Walk around the Capitol
· Children entertainment
· Live Music
· Regional public, law enforcement, evangelical and community leaders
For more information and course route: www.teamsts.org/run