Annual A Dancer’s Heart 5K event returning with “love” theme
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A Dancer’s Heart, Inc., a non-profit providing scholarships and educational programs for youth, will host its seventh annual Run, Walk and Dance event, adding a new “Love” theme, on Saturday, Sept. 8.
According to an event press release, the 5K event will embrace the theme of “Love” by allowing participants to have a special name badge that can be attached to their race bib stating who they are running or walking in memory of.
Additionally, the event will be held in honor of Imani Thompson Twine, the daughter of A Dancer’s Heart founder Stephanie Thompson, who passed away in 2010.
Participants are encouraged to ask their living loved ones to run, walk, or dance with them as a show of unity and support, the release said. At the end of the event, all participants can watch a butterfly release ceremony.
“With so much going on in the world today, and even going on in our own local Atlanta community, I felt it was important for us to take the time to focus on sharing and spreading more love this year,” Thompson said. “For me, my daughter Imani was truly the love of my life, and since losing her I have dedicated my life towards honoring her memory, while also inviting others to join me by honoring their own loved ones as well.”
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The event will also help to raise scholarship funds for a number of highly deserving youth in the Atlanta community.
More than $12,000 in scholarships has already been awarded to date, and funds raised this year will support housing challenged teens, including teens who live in group homes, with a relative or even ones that don’t have a home at all.
In addition to the Decatur Education Foundation Scholarship and the Ballethnic Scholarship that the organization already gives, A Dancer’s Heart will also be awarding a scholarship to a homeless teen who has been accepted into a four-year or two-year college.
The event will also offer a number of enjoyable and engaging activities – including face painting, a Kiddie Corner and more – for everyone, and participants are also encouraged to run or dance in their favorite tutu, the release said.
The race will take place at 8 a.m. at Decatur High School, 310 N. McDonough St., Decatur, Ga. 30030.
General registration is $25 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under, and, for groups of four or more, a discount of $20 per person is available.
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