Thursday, April 5, 2012

Georgia Southern University “Snacks for Soldiers” 5K Race Takes Place April 21

Georgia Southern University will host the ROTC Eagle Battalion’s 5K Race on Saturday, April 21 to benefit the University’s “Snacks for Soldiers” program.

“Snacks for Soldiers” provides deployed members of the military with non-perishable snack items. Georgia Southern began the program last fall and has already collected and shipped nearly 15,000 snacks to military personnel overseas. The program is currently sponsoring the 3rd Infantry Division out of Ft. Stewart, Ga.

“Georgia Southern University wants these men and women to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers,” said Colonel George Fredrick, ROTC Eagle Battalion Commander. “We plan to send more than 900 boxes of snacks to Afghanistan during the next year, so we’re asking everyone to support ‘Snacks for Soldiers.’”

The 5K will begin at 7 a.m., April 21 at Georgia Southern’s Recreation Activity Center pavilion. Early registration costs $12 and ends April 13. Registration is $15 until April 20 and $20 the day of the race. In addition to running or walking in the 5K, members of the community who would like to support the effort can donate a box of snacks or the cost of shipping. Each box contains 46 snacks and costs $26 to fill and ship.

 For information about registering for the 5K or donating to the “Snacks for Soldiers” program, please visit

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 117 degree programs serving more than 20,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University is one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report, and is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:

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