TWC's Annual Bulldog Classic raises funds for student conference trip

Posted on: April 12, 2013

Saturday, April 6, Tennessee Wesleyan College held its 15th Annual 5k Race, the "Bulldog Classic."

Saturday, April 6, Tennessee Wesleyan College held its 15th Annual 5k Race, the “Bulldog Classic.” This year’s race featured a 1-mile Color Run, which was sponsored by the 4-H UT Extension McMinn County Office and featured runners being showered with color powder at each 1/4 mile mark. Doubling the usual number of participants, 54 runners and 71 participants came out to the TWC campus to support the college’s Exercise and Sports Sciences Department.

“This event is coordinated each year by the students and all proceeds benefit the department,” said Stephanie Huskey, TWC assistant professor of exercise and sports sciences department. “Funds raised from past Bulldog Classics have funded technology purchases for classrooms, sports equipment, and trips for Exercise Science students to attend conferences.”

Huskey’s Exercise Science students plan the Bulldog Classic annually, starting each year with a budget of zero dollars. Since students only take Huskey’s Administration and Organization course once, she has a completely new group of students planning the event each year, with each annual event being produced differently based on what skills, connections, and ideas each group of students brings to the team.

The 15th year the run has been held at the college, this year’s event raised a significant amount of money to be used for Exercise Science students.

“This year our students earned $2,500 from the event, which will fund a three-day trip for four Exercise Science students to the annual Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (TAHPERD) conference and will also pay for their memberships to the organization for the entire year,” said Huskey.

Awards were given to exceptional Bulldog Classic participants. This year’s “Overall Faculty/Staff” award went to Dr. Grant Willhite, a TWC associate professor of biology. The “Overall Male and Female” award winners were alumni Ryan Hemming and Jill Johnson.

“I look forward to this event every year,” said Huskey. “Kendall Crosby is responsible for this year’s event, acting as the Race Director for her senior internship after being a student in the class one year, then acting as Registration Director last year. I cannot fully explain how much she did for me and the event. She is a phenomenal leader with a great drive to work. It has been a pleasure watching the Bulldog Classic grow each year and I can’t wait to see that growth in next year’s event.”