Galaxy to sponsor charity run in memory of Kirk Goodwin


For Immediate Release
April 2, 2001

For more information contact:

Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
915-674-2692

Luke Hejl, Media Relations Specialist
(915) 674-2696

Galaxy men's social club of Abilene Christian University is sponsoring a charity run in memory of Kirk Goodwin.

This year, the 17th annual Kirk Goodwin Victory Run 5K will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 8 a.m. The 5K run will begin in front of the Zona Luce building on the ACU campus. As in the past, this year's proceeds will go to the Kirk Goodwin memorial fund to help people who are strapped with excessive medical bills.

Goodwin was a junior Galaxy pledge in the fall of 1984. He was a 4.0 student, a pole-vaulter on the track team, and he had aspirations of being a dentist. On Sept. 21, 1984, Goodwin left Abilene to go home to Dallas. He had been experiencing car trouble, so his parents decided to meet him halfway. However, instead of meeting Goodwin, his parents met an ambulance.

Goodwin was involved in a one-car accident just outside of Ranger. He spent the next two weeks in a coma before dying on Oct. 5, 1984.

"Goodwin was only 20 when he died, but in those 20 years he defined himself as a kind, loving, God-centered individual," said Jim Litton, president of Galaxy and senior finance major from Waco. In honor of Goodwin and the life he lived, the men of Galaxy and Goodwin's parents established the Kirk Goodwin Victory Run.

Community participants are encouraged to register for the run. Sign-ups will be at ACU in the McGlothlin Campus Center April 11-20 in the ticket windows from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The registration fee for the run is $15. Registration is open to a under 18 age group, 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64 and a 65 and over age group. Those who register for the run will receive a t-shirt.

For those not able to run but who would like to make a donation, or would like to register for the run by mail, contact Byron May at (915) 674-6226 or send a check payable to Galaxy Kirk Goodwin fund to ACU Box 28112, Abilene, Texas 79699.

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