Valley residents are invited to fight the Thanksgiving bulge this year by participating in the Sgt. Keith A. Ferguson Memorial 5K Saturday, November 26 at 8 a.m. on the UTB/TSC Fort Brown campus.
The Walk/Run/Crawl event is designed to accommodate participants of all levels.
The cost per participant is $15 if postmarked by November 21 or $20 the day of the race, In addition to awards for the fastest runners in various age groups, the Ferguson Cup will be awarded to the team with the most members.
Registration will begin at 7am in the Education and Business Complex Courtyard, and the race will begin from there at 8 a.m. The UTB/TSC Alumni Association will host a reception the evening before the event for all participants.
The funds raised will go to establish the Sgt. Keith A. Ferguson Endowed Chair in Criminal Justice at UTB/TSC.
Ferguson, the son of UTB/TSC Associate Nursing Professor, Sonia Cunningham, was a member of the elite New York Police Department Hercules Counter Terrorism Team. In January of 2004, he suffered a heart attack while responding to a fellow officer’s call for back-up.
“He was always willing to go the extra, just like on the day he died when he came to the aid of another officer,” said NYPD Detective Joe Penney, who was with Ferguson on the day he collapsed. “I will never forget him. He truly was a great guy.”
The first Ferguson Memorial Run was held in New York City last August, and raised almost $20,000. The event began at City Hall Park and took participants across the Brooklyn Bridge to the borough where Ferguson was born, raised and served a community he loved.
Abraham Ponce, a UTB/TSC student majoring in criminal justice took part in the run.
“In talking with his mother, we discovered that Keith and I share the same birthday, August 8,” said Ponce. “I was honored to represent the students and I feel a special bond with Keith.”
Cunningham launched the Sgt. Keith A. Ferguson Scholarship Fund for Criminal Justice, within days of her son’s death. Now she will focus on creating the endowed chair in criminal justice.
Endowed chairs provide universities with the ability to honor, retain or attract faculty members who have outstanding records in teaching research or service.
“Keith was a very inclusive person and so I would like to continue to do things that represent the person that he was and I think one of the best ways is through education,” said Cunningham.
For more information or to register for the race, call the Office of Development at 548-8708.