Feb 27, 2014
By: Allison Evans
More than 400 Ohio University students gathered at Baker University Center on Feb. 22 for the 5th Annual “Bare on the Bricks: A Nearly Naked Mile” charity event. Students donated clothing and funds to local charities totaling 40 bags of clothing and more than $2,100, an increase from last year.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Athens, one of the charities supported by the event, was thrilled with the donation.
“Thank you VERY much to @OhioSAB for donating clothes and outerwear to BBBSA! Your support means so much to us!” they said via Twitter. Other charities that benefited from the effort include My Sister’s Place and GoodWorks, both of Athens.
“Bare on the Bricks” is an annual charity event that collects clothing and monetary donations for local shelters. Students wear the clothes they wish to donate to the start line and shed them before running a “nearly naked” mile down Court Street. The $10 registration fee is donated directly to GoodWorks, which supports the homeless in southeast Ohio. The event is hosted by the Ohio University Alumni Association’s (OUAA) Student Alumni Board and Phi Kappa Psi.
Student Alumni Board’s Vice President of Philanthropy Rachel Sharkey led the semester-long planning of “Bare on the Bricks” with the help of her philanthropy committee.
“There are few words to describe how rewarding it was to see many students come out for a great cause that my team and I worked so hard for,” Sharkey said. “Knowing the number of people we were able to reach with our efforts was worth every hour of work put into the event.”
After the race down Court Street, runners gathered at Pigskin on Court Street for free food and fellowship. Pigskin closed specifically for this event, and was packed with students and OUAA staff.
For more information about this event, contact Rachel Sharkey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (740) 319-0018.