The Frisco Education Foundation hosted its annual Gary Burns 5K & Fun Run this past weekend, raising thousands of dollars to support student scholarships, teacher grants and academic programs in Frisco ISD.
The event, named for former Frisco Assistant Fire Chief Gary Burns, brings the community together each October to maximize student potential in the school district.
“What brings me back is the sense of community and the outpouring of support from both the various schools and corporate sponsors, as well as knowing the race is for a great cause!” said Blake Haydon, who joined the Frisco Education Foundation Board of Trustees in 2016 after first participating in the Fun Run a few years earlier thanks to the involvement of his daughter’s cross country team.
The race is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Foundation, which has awarded $6.5 million in college scholarships to graduating seniors and nearly $800,000 in classroom grants to educators since 1999.
“I believe that there is no asset more valuable to today’s youth than their high school education and there is no group of people more important to ensuring this future than our educators in FISD,” Haydon said. “I could not be prouder to be part of the FEF Board and to encourage others in the community to make an investment in their future just like my fellow Board members and I do.”
The presenting sponsor for this year’s race was Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at The Star, powered by the Fusionetics Performance Health System. The center offers individuals and athletes of all ages and skill levels customized services and amenities to optimize performance, reduce the risk of injury and enhance recovery.
“Baylor Scott & White has partnered with the FISD and Frisco Education Foundation for many years,” said Kevin Coats, general manager of Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at The Star. “We believe in giving back to our community and being good neighbors. The Fun Run allows us to invest in our youth and future leaders, while also aligning with our vision to support an active and healthy community.”
Other sponsors included Tom Thumb, City of Frisco, Frisco Independent School District, Corgan, DLR Group, Bounce for Fun, Boosterthon, Frisco STYLE Magazine, 97.5 KLAK, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Parkhill Smith & Cooper, Stantec, RBFCU, the Griesser Family, the Farnsworth Group, Marvin & Julie Fisher, Veritex Community Bank and more.
For more information about the Foundation and to get involved, please visit www.friscoeducationfoundation.org.