Archive for Tuesday, November 6, 2012

BSHS senior plans 5k to benefit children in Belize

November 6, 2012

Running is a big part of life for T.J. Kimbrough-French.

The Bonner Springs High School senior, who just went to the cross country state tournament for his third straight year, wanted to use his love of running for his senior project. A little bit of planning brought it together with another passion, helping children, and morphed into this weekend’s “Keep It Moving, Brough” 5k run and walk, benefiting the Kidz Konnect 4 Jesus organization.

Kimbrough-French said running has been a favorite sport since his childhood, so it was a natural choice of focus for his senior project.

“When I first started out I was really good at it,” he said. “I always liked running and beating people when I was a kid, so I thought it would be perfect.”

Choosing the beneficiary of a 5,000-meter run/walk also was easy: Kimbrough-French’s church is planning a mission trip in early 2013 to Belize through Kidz Konnect 4 Jesus, a nonprofit that provides food and school supplies for poverty-stricken children.

Kimbrough-French, who hopes to go on the trip if there are no school conflicts, said he likes that the organization helps youngsters get first-hand experience helping other children in need.

“It’s going to be a really good experience,” he said. “I like playing with kids and helping kids, so I thought this would be a great organization to get behind.”

Kimbrough-French said his cross country coach, Bill Downing, was a huge help in organizing the 5k, which will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Shelter F in Wyandotte County Park.

Finding a name for his event — K. I. M. Brough — was easy, as well, because he had created the play on his last name previously.

“I kept saying to people, ‘I wish I had an organization; I would call it K.I.M.,’” he said. “So once I was doing this project and had to think of a name for it, that was the first thing that came to mind.”

Kimbrough-French said planning the 5k has been an enjoyable challenge, and he has been happy with the response he’s gotten so far. He began taking registrations last week and already has 30 runners.

“This community is great because everybody is so nice about this,” he said. “Most people that I talk to say it’s a great idea, and tell me they’re trying to invite people. I didn’t expect to get so many people.”

Registration for the event will take place 8:30-9:30 a.m. before the run, and awards and prizes will be offered at 11:30 a.m. The event also will include a one-mile Fun Run.

Registration is $10 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for children aged 10 and under. Kidz Konnect 4 Jesus T-shirts will be available for $5.

For more information, contact Kimbrough-French at 913-244-4464 or thomasfrench@usd204.net.

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