Leah Holzwarth

Leah Holzwarth

Race Against Hate 2021

Dear Family and Friends,

I am participating in the 21st annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate sponsored by the YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Each year, the Race Against Hate usually brings together thousands of people from all over Chicagoland to run and walk in unity and against racial hatred and violence. This year, because of COVID, participants will have to complete their own Race at their own time but it doesn't make the cause any less important!

The Race memorializes Ricky Byrdsong, former Northwestern University men’s basketball coach, who, while walking with two of his children, was murdered by a white supremacist. The Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate was launched to honor his legacy and bring attention to the need to combat hatred in all of its forms.

All proceeds from the Race Against Hate benefit YWCA Evanston/North Shore, in particular its racial justice programming and violence prevention education for young people. For information about YWCA Evanston/North Shore and its programs, you can visit www.ywca-ens.org.

Would you be willing to sponsor my run/walk as I participate in the Race Against Hate? Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.

Offline donations can be mailed to: 

Race Against Hate
YWCA Evanston/North Shore
1215 Church Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Please include a note letting them know that I should be credited for your contribution. They will be sure that your donation is reflected on my personal page.

Thank you!

Leah Holzwarth