Every Father’s Day in Evanston, the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate brings thousands of people to run and walk together against racial hatred and violence.
Welcoming everyone, from leisurely walkers to competitive 10K runners, the Race Against Hate has been a cherished event of the Evanston community for over 15 years, especially for North Shore alum Tommy McHugh ’17 who won the 2017 10K race. Michelle Kavoosi, a new North Shore parent, took on the role of organizing the NSCDS team. Over 85 members of the School community showed up on race day to support each other and reach the Bronze Sponsorship goal of pledging to raise $500 for racial justice and violence prevention. Families, friends, faculty and staff of the School have been participating in the Race for 10 years and NSCDS has been a proud Race sponsor for more than half of that time. The local event gives the School’s families, new and old, an opportunity to participate within the community.
The Race Against Hate is a NSCDS Parents’ Association Multicultural Affairs Committee tradition. The NSCDS team arrived early in the morning to set up the signature purple tent, snacks, a hydration station and purple bandanas to hand out for all runners affiliated with the School. There were team members in every event, from the youth mile to the 10K run. NSCDS parents Lisa Altenbernd and Steve Hagerty hosted a post-race brunch, serving up frittatas and fruit while welcoming Race participants from the School into their home on Father’s Day.
The funds raised by NSCDS and all the Race proceeds support YWCA racial justice and violence prevention programs while honoring the legacy of Ricky Byrdsong, former Northwestern University Men's Basketball Coach who was killed in 1999 by a white supremacist. The programs assist children and teenagers in local schools and youth organizations to establish healthy, violence-free relationships and join the constructive conversation of racial justice.
North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919. With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.