Hough High runner’s event fights effects of homelessness
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Hough High runner’s event fights effects of homelessness

Emily Reader has been a member of the cross country team all her four years at Hough High School.

The daughter of Holly and Jeff Reader, the 18-year-old senior lives in the Bordeaux neighborhood in Cornelius.

Emily started running cross country as a freshman. Her dad ran when he was in high school, and he encouraged his daughter to try out. Emily has been captain of the team since her junior year. “They call me ‘Mom,’” she said and laughed.

At 9 a.m. Nov. 16, runners from the area will gather at Hough High to help raise money for an event Emily has organized.

“eRACE the Impact,” a 5K run and one-mile fun run, supports “A Child’s Place.” This organization, sponsored by Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, is “working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education,” according to its website.

ACP provides tutors, school supplies, backpacks, field trip money and any unique needs a child may have throughout the school year.

Emily is organizing this project simply because she loves to work on projects and loves helping others.

“I challenged myself to do something that made a lasting impression in the community,” she said. “As a cross-country runner, hosting a 5K event was my first idea.”

Emily said she thinks “our local community doesn't get enough attention. Many charities focus on aiding other areas of the world and forget that almost 5,000 kids in our community are homeless. I chose this charity because I take my home and family and education for granted.

“I can’t imagine what it must be like to not have the support from a home. This organization does wonderful things for children, including academic assistance and emotional stability,” she said. “With the help of ‘A Child’s Place,’ more homeless children are graduating and creating a future for themselves.”

When she’s not running or helping others, Emily is outdoors hiking, wakeboarding, waterskiing or wake surfing.

“My friends call me a granola,” she said. At home, Emily describes herself as “an animal freak” and loves her three cats: Enzo, Ozzy and Claudette.

Emily hopes to attend UNC Chapel Hill and has applied for early admission. She thinks she will study biology and have a career in medicine or physical therapy.

For information on the event, or to donate or register, go to queencitytiming.com, click on “Events Calendar” at the top, and scroll down to the event on Nov. 16. For details A Child’s Place, go to achildsplace.org.

Emily wants to thank the sponsors of the event who covered the costs so all the proceeds can go to “A Child’s Place:” JR Machine, Interior Elements, Alfred Williams, Sport Clips, Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, Lavender Boutique, Webb Orthodontics,Turn 2 Marketing, N Line Apparel, and Level Path Productions.

Lisa Daidone is a freelance writer for Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Lisa? Email her at ldaidone@hotmail.com.

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