The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5K on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community. This year, the event raised funds for research and treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Fifteen UT Outreach-Houston students served as color throwers at the event on March 24. The students also helped setup and take down the blue zone.
Robyn Castillo, a sophomore at S.P Waltrip High School, said, “I was interested in volunteering for the Color Run because I wanted to experience something new. My favorite thing about the event was seeing everyone happy and enjoying themselves.”
Community service has become integral to the UT Outreach programs across the state. Other service this year included a project with St. Jude’s Hospital.
“Developing global leaders is a part of the DNA of The University of Texas at Austin, and especially in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement,” said Rian Carkhum, director of UT Outreach-Houston. “Hallmark to leadership is the ability to identify and meet the needs of our neighbors,” she explained.