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Great Circle is excited to host the 3rd annual Ken Coleman Memorial 5K on Saturday, June 14 at 8 a.m. Ken Coleman was a long-time advocate for the safety and welfare of kids, and created a lasting legacy of care and compassion at Great Circle as well as in the Springfield region.
The race will be timed by Ultramax Sports and begin and conclude at Great Circle’s campus.
Community members are encouraged to participate in the race or show their support as a volunteer or cheer team on the day of the event. A pancake breakfast and award ceremony will follow the race in the campus recreation center.
Several of Great Circle’s resident youth are training with local running coach, Missy Robertson, in preparation for this event. The running program has proved to be extremely successful for improving self-esteem and introducing the rewards of exercise to children who have faced challenges of abuse and neglect.
Ken Coleman was the driving force behind creating the Ozarks Family Resource Center located on the Springfield campus of Great Circle. The center, which opened in 2001, provides emergency shelter, treatment, and crisis intervention services for Greene County children who are removed from their homes because of a crisis situation, as well as homeless youth. Coleman served as regional vice president of Boys & Girls Town of Missouri (Great Circle’s legacy agency) for the Southwest Region, and he oversaw the development and supervision of all regional programs. He was active in the Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies, The Foster Grandparent Advisory Council, Division of Youth Services Community Liaison Council, Child Welfare League of America, Alliance for Children and Families, Families for Children Advisory Committee, the Ozark Public Television Foster Care Committee and The National Fellowship of Child Care Executives.
Great Circle’s Campus
1212 W. Lombard, Springfield, Missouri