• About
  • Careers
  • Newsletter
News Local Memorial 5K benefits USM students

Memorial 5K benefits USM students

-

Sponsored by several local companies in the Hattiesburg area, the third Sweethearts for Sweetpea 5K will begin Feb. 4 at 8 a.m.

The funds collected for the race will contribute to the Elaina Spradley Skinner “Sweetpea” Endowment, which is awarded to University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Business Tourism Management students.

Elaina Skinner, for whom the endowment is named, attended USM’s School of Business for Tourism Management and graduated December 2013.

Elaina was described as having a “smile that lights up the room and the personality to match.” No one was a stranger to Elaina, and she befriended everyone she met. She was married two months before her graduation and described it as everything she had hoped for and so much more.

“On Feb. 8, 2014, in the early morning hours, Elaina Spradley Skinner, or ‘Sweetpea’ as she was affectionately known to her family and friends, was driving home while under the influence of alcohol and tragically killed in an automobile accident at the age of 23,” wrote Sweethearts for Sweetpea organizer Lisa Spradley.

According to the 5K’s website, in creating the endowment and the race, they hoped to give other students financial aid especially because Elaina herself earned several scholarships during her time at USM.

“We celebrate her life by remembering her in everything we do,” the website stated.

Spradley can be reached at 601-297-3546 or through the aforementioned website for questions about the race or endowment.

Registration is open now and discounted from $25 to $15 for USM students who wish to participate in the event. The registration forms are available on the website sweetheartsforsweetpea.com; students need to write “student” on their registration forms and present a valid student ID the day of the race to run and receive a t-shirt at the discounted price.


 

Latest news

Robert Brent fondly remembered by students and staff

Robert Brent, a junior at the University at Southern Mississippi, unexpectedly passed away at the beginning of...

University extends condolences to families, community members after plane crash

During the overnight hours last night, The University of Southern Mississippi was notified of a tragic plane...

Saweetie and Little Mix celebrate their independence with “Confetti”

Sometimes, a breakup is more of a celebration than a sad event. Pop group Little Mix returned...

Southern Miss NFL Draft prospects look to continue careers as free agents

Though Southern Miss's two NFL Draft prospects were not selected in this year’s draft, wide receiver Tim...

H.E.R. continues to grow artistically with “Come Through”

Over the past several years, we have watched R&B singer H.E.R. grow more comfortable artistically, peeling off...

Southern Miss wins another series, but misses opportunity to take over division

Southern Miss (26-13, 13-6 Conference USA) earned the series win with three victories against Western Kentucky University...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you