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Mentoring Matters 5k to be held at Western New England University Saturday, August 20, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, MA (08/18/2022)

Springfield Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization Follow My Steps aims to raise awareness for the need for mentorship in under-resourced communities. Follow My Steps offers youth mentoring, career & skill development, and financial literacy programs, and community outreach support to children in the Western MA region.

The Inaugural Mentoring Matters 5k run/walk to raise awareness and funds for the Follow My Steps Foundation

  • 200 runners expected/ 400 spectators
  • Saturday’s event will include a rock-climbing wall, and a Food Truck Festival!

Saturday, August 20, 2022
9:00 a.m. Registration opens
10:00 a.m. Race begins

WHERE: Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01119
The 5k route goes throughout the WNE University campus.

VIRTUAL 5k Option: #FMS5k is the Follow My Steps non-competitive virtual self-challenge. “Participants choose from 1-mile, 5k, 1000 steps, or any amount of running, walking, stepping or dancing your way to health and sanity, outside or in the comfort of your own home, while supporting Follow My Steps’ mission to empower the youth through mentorship,” said Anthony Payne from Follow My Steps. The challenge can be completed anytime from now until August 31.

DETAILS: Best time to interview organizers

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Kashawn Sanders, President & Co-Founder, (413) 231-0308;

2:00 p.m. Tyrone Williams, Treasurer & Co-Founder, (508) 484-3226

2:00 p.m. Tiffani Williams, Marketing and Fundraising Director: (774) 330-8507;

The health and safety of all attendees is our highest priority. Please use your best judgement and follow current CDC guidelines regarding Covid-19. This is an outdoor event with ample room to be socially distant. Please be courteous to all participants and remain home if you are sick.

Western New England University (WNE) is a private, nationally ranked, comprehensive institution with a focus on preparing work-ready and world-ready graduates. Founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts as a division of Northeastern College, WNE’s 215-acre suburban campus serves more than 3,700 students, including over 2,500 full-time undergraduates. More than 47,000 alumni have earned degrees through its 90+ undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and School of Law. Students come from 39 U.S. states and territories and 23 countries. Of 45,104 living alumni, 30% remain within the region, residing in the four Western Massachusetts counties and northern Connecticut.

WNE is classified among nationally ranked universities in US News and World Report, and among the Top 100 Undergraduate Engineering programs, and in the Doctoral/Professional Universities category in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.