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OBU Enactus to Support Refugees with 5K Fundraiser

March 28, 2018

Members of Oklahoma Baptist University’s chapter of Enactus have partnered with The Spero Project to host the Spero Sprint 5K and fun run Saturday, April 21, at 9 a.m. in the Wheeler District of Oklahoma City. The run is a community event intended to raise awareness and support for the refugee community in Oklahoma City. The family-friendly event will feature food, drinks, music and Ferris wheel rides.

The USATF sanctioned 5K and one-mile fun run will be held at 1701 S. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City’s Wheeler District. The cost of the 5K is $35 with online registration and $40 for in person registration. The one-mile fun run is $25 with online registration and $30 in person registration. Registration fee includes a Spero Sprint t-shirt.

Enactus is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Founded in 2010, the OBU Enactus team is dedicated to initiating business innovation with integrity and passion by connecting students with business leaders. This project serves as a way to teach OBU students practical business skills while also supporting a charitable cause.

Isabella Scarinzi, marketing major and vice-president of OBU Enactus, is grateful for the opportunity to serve a local community of people in need.

“Our culture is flooded with news about the refugee crisis,” she said. “I often feel incapable of making a difference, but this event is a tangible way to leave a lasting impact on nearby refugees.”

The Spero Project is an organization working to see the church of Oklahoma City fully engage with its community members. At a critical time in its development, both the founders and several members of the board of directors began working extensively with the refugee population of the city. Since then, The Spero Project has worked closely with other institutions to address the specific needs of Oklahoma City and its refugees.

Those unable to attend the Spero Sprint are encouraged to visit Freddy’s Fundraiser Night Monday, April 2, from 5-9 p.m. Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers in Shawnee has agreed to donate 15 percent of profits from customers who mention the Spero Sprint at the time of their order.

To register online for the Spero Sprint, visit