The 14th Annual Chick-fil-A 5K benefiting Junior Achievement of Memphis is coming up on Labor Day, September 5th.
The event kicks off with an opening ceremony at 7:30am at AutoZone Park, and the race begins at 8:00am near Front Street and Gayoso. The majority of the route consists of a downhill pass along Riverside Drive that’s followed by a brief uphill challenge that rewards you with a colorful pass through Beale Street. Free Chick-fil-A food and beverages await all participants at the finish line. Registration before September 5th is $25, and $30 on the day of the race.
Proceeds from the race will help fund the Memphis operations of Junior Achievement, a national organization that seeks to “inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.” JA brings volunteers from the community face-to-face with students. Classroom volunteers make economic concepts relevant, fuel the entrepreneurial spirit, and challenge students to excel.
One such volunteer is Thomas Lannan, a Memphis professional who credits Junior Achievement with helping him take the first step to a 40-year career in marketing and advertising.
It was an after-school program when I was in high school in Indianapolis and we partnered with a local radio station for our company. We sold the commercials, wrote and produced them and played them on the air during our own time block with the station. I will always remember that critical first step that never could have happened without Junior Achievement.
Lannan’s experiences inspired him to carve time out of his busy life to give local students the guidance that meant so much to him in high school.
I have been involved with JA in Memphis for more than 15 years. I volunteer to teach financial literacy classes in local schools. I have taught classes at Sea Isle Elementary, East Middle School, and Collierville High School. I have seen, especially in high school, the fundamental understanding of budgeting, the proper use of credit and secondary education planning and funding enlighten young students in a way very real to better their own lives.
Lannan plans to run in the 5K this year as he has for several years. He says the most fun part for him is finishing the race by running along the outfield warning track at AutoZone Park. He encourages individuals, families, business associates, neighborhood groups and running teams to join in the fun and support an organization that is creating paths to success for young people in the Bluff City.
The efforts of Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South in teaching financial literacy and entrepreneurship to our youth is one part of a large community commitment to making Memphis a better city. Our students are exposed to a world of opportunity presented in a unique way that stays with them all their lives. Just ask anyone who has gone through our business experiential simulation – BizTown.