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Memorial Run Benefits Criminal Justice Endowment   

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, March 27, 2008-Valley residents are invited to participate in the Sgt. Keith A. Ferguson Memorial 5K Saturday, April 12, on the UTB/TSC Fort Brown campus.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. at Cardenas Hall South Lawn. The race will begin at 8 a.m.   

The Walk/Run/Crawl event is designed to accommodate participants of all levels. The cost per participant is $15 if postmarked by April 1 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. 

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.   

 “Keith spent a lot of time helping people and I don’t want Keith to be forgotten,” said Cunningham “Someone in the future may say they got a scholarship to go to college and they may mention Keith’s name. I’ll be happy with that.” 

This is the third year of the walk/run/crawl on campus. A similar event is held in August in New York City. There participants run across the Brooklyn Bridge to the borough where Ferguson was born. The event is traditionally held several days before Ferguson’s birthday on August 7.  

For more information, call the UTB/TSC Office of Development at (956) 882-4322.