United Way of Central Indiana to Host 5k for Global Youth Service Day 4/22

High school students involved in the 2017 Youth Leadership United program prepare for a fun and meaningful day of service at White River State Park

Indianapolis, IN (April 20, 2017) – United Way has collaborated with Central Indiana high school and college students, community partners and early childcare centers to host a 5K walk/run to support youth health and fitness programs. On Saturday, April 22, Indianapolis and surrounding communities are invited to partake in the festivities at White River State Park from 12:30 – 3 p.m. Registration is $10 or bring a children’s fitness item (hula-hoop, jump rope, sports ball, nerf balls, hippity hop balls, etc.). Every item collected will be donated to an Indiana pre-k program to promote fun physical activity. 

“This year’s Youth Leadership United Class was committed to hosting an event that would not only be fun, but also meaningful,” said Annie Smith, United Way’s Youth Engagement Manager. “They have all worked diligently with the goal of improving the quality of life for our state’s most vulnerable children as their motivation.”

In addition to a 5k, the Global Youth Service Day 5k will feature an abundance of activities including:

  • Music from Deck’d Out DJs 
  • Appearance from Miss Indiana Teen USA, Paige Robinson
  • Warm up activities led by the Indianapolis Fire Department
  • Face painting
  • Obstacle course
  • Presentation of Global Youth Service Day Proclamation 

Vendors onsite will include:

  • YMCA – Let’s Move! Outside
  • Marion County Health Department
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Jameson Camp
  • Families First
  • Purdue Nutrition Education Program

Individuals may register online or in-person the day of the event beginning at 12:30pm. The race will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and conclude at 3pm. Visit www.uwci.org/gysd to register and learn more.


Ty Spisak, Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Jessica Di Santo, Director of Communications