5K Walk/Run for Autism is a Hit

3 Reasons for Stepped Up Success Despite Setbacks

Thank you for helping League’s 5K Walk for Autism raise over $35,000!

Despite the challenges the pandemic posed and less than ideal weather conditions, this year’s 5K Walk/Run for Autism was a huge success. The event generated over $35,000 – the most ever and $5,000 more than last year. Just in time for summer, the proceeds will go toward completing the playground project. These results were possible for three key reasons:

1) Generous Sponsors

“Our sponsors are instrumental to the success of League School events, and this year’s 5K Walk/Run for Autism was possible thanks to their generosity,” said Michelle Melanson, Special Events Coordinator. This year’s event sponsors included:

  • Direct Federal Credit Union
  • O’LYN Roofing
  • JBK Management – McDonald’s

2) Committed Participants

Due to the pandemic, we again needed to hold this year’s 5K virtually, but that didn’t stop our dedicated participants from coming out in support of the League. Over 150 participants ran or walked their own 5K courses, many of whom shared some fun photos. Our virtual challenge winners included:

  • Team Lockwood – Top Team Fundraiser
  • Lean Scott – Top Individual Fundraiser
  • Bill Volpe – Top Recorded Time Shared – Male
  • Kelly Iacono – Top Recorded Time Shared – Female
  • The Aucoin Family – Most Spirited and Creative Team
  • Lisa Akcay – Social Media Star
  • The Daly Family – Youngest Participant
  • Mary Morris – Oldest and Extended Mile Participant

3) Creative Teachers

We had planned to hold an outside 5K Fitness Fun Day for our students on the Friday before the Walk/Run event, but the weather had other plans. “Our teachers successfully pivoted to an indoor exercise event for our students with stations set up in multiple areas inside our building,” said Michelle. “The dedication of our teachers meant that the day was not a wash out and everyone had fun.”

Bad weather forced the event inside but it didn’t dampen spirits. Students help set up an indoor walking course
Tim McCabe, Director of Development.

Tim McCabe

Tim McCabe is the Director of Development for League School of Greater Boston.