Since its inception, PTEF has funded more than $1.2 million in grants. Last year it awarded teachers 59 grants – up to $1,250 – for a total of $62,000. Teachers are chosen based on their applications, which describe how the awards will help them facilitate specific projects.
One of the foundation’s annual signature events to support these grants is Coach Hathaway’s Running South, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 30, at Southport High School’s Cardinal Stadium. Registration is underway for runners and walkers, who can sign up for the 10K, 5K, 1-mile fun run/walk or the quarter-mile kiddie romp with the Perry Township Schools’ mascots. There is something for everyone of all ages.
The event bears coach Tom Hathaway’s name because of his passion for racing. At age 79 he was the oldest finisher at the inaugural Running South. Before his death in April 2012, Mr. Hathaway ran 131 marathons and countless other races. In fact, he ran one marathon in each state, gaining him entry into the 50 States Marathon Club.
Running was in coach Hathaway’s blood. He taught and coached cross-country and track at Perry Township Schools for 46 years, most of that time at Southport High, where a memorial stands in his honor. Mr. Hathaway also taught track and field at IUPUI for five years; he coached and taught at University of Indianapolis for more than eight. He was a beloved mentor to hundreds of runners.
Every year it is an honor to see hundreds in our community come together to honor coach Hathaway’s memory and to support education. Last year Running South raised $15,894 and attracted more than 800 participants. With your help, the foundation hopes to build on that success.
Visit www.ptef.org for more information.