Fundraiser to aid youths

Fundraiser to aid youths

CHAMPAIGN — A local nonprofit aimed at helping youths on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation will hold a 5K fundraiser this Saturday.

The Kola Foundation at the University of Illinois will hold its "April Fool's 5K" at the UI Arboretum from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Race packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m.

Proceeds from the race will support high school students from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who are traveling to the UI and participating in a four-week immersion program called the Research Apprenticeship Summer Program in the UI's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

"Our goal for the 5K this year is to raise enough to provide two scholarships," said UI student Brittany Hopper, president of Kola Foundation. "We hope to expose the Lakota youth to higher education and give them hope for their futures, which they can take back to their communities."

"It's not just about giving back, it's about looking forward and being a catalyst for change in Pine Ridge," said UI student John O'Hara, Kola's director of marketing.

Registration costs $25 per person or $90 for a four-person team. More information is available at and

The Kola Foundation was founded by UI business students to improve the lives of youths on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

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