Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate
Thanks for a great race everybody!
Over 5,200 participants joined us on Sunday, June 15, 2014 to run, walk and race against hate.
Lyle Foster, one of Ricky’s friends, described his experience: “For all those days that the promise of the Martin Luther King Jr. "Dream" seems to be in reverse, this was a day that filled me with hope.
"I was encouraged by witnessing the incredible number of children, babies in strollers and seniors on walking sticks who ran and walked to stand against hate. Truth be told, I saw folks from every imaginable background and age group participating.
As I walked and did the old man's shuffle…I realized that a lot of people do believe in the opportunity for all and the dignity of every human.” (Read the entire essay here.)
The Race is about so much more than running. Thanks to all our participants, sponsors, supporters and volunteers for believing that racing against hate is indeed worth the sweat and that when we come together to race against hate and racism we all win.
About the Race
The Race Against Hate honors the legacy of Ricky Byrdsong, former Northwestern University Men's Basketball Coach who, while walking with his two young children in 1999 was murdered by a white supremacist. Because of Ricky's lifelong love of sports and compelling work with young people in the community, the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate was launched by his widow, family and friends to bring attention to the need to combat hatred in all of its forms.
Proceeds from the Race Against Hate are used to further the mission of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, in particular our efforts in the areas of racial justice and violence prevention. With this funding, the YWCA assists children in our schools and local youth organizations to challenge their own prejudices and foster healthy, violence-free relationships among their peers; supports teenagers in examining their own relationships and practicing constructive ways to handle conflict and differences; and encourages adults to engage in constructive dialogue, interactive activities and meaningful action as related to racial justice.