Delta Sigma Pi Propels Race for Pace

October 2012

Normally, Farmer School's Delta Sigma Pi chapter spends its annual Fall Break trip networking with corporate leaders and having fun exploring a city. This year, "fun" took on new meaning. The group volunteered at the Race for Pace, an event which raises support for Pace School, a K-9 institution for kids with Autism or emotional challenges.

"In organizing the trip, we decided to replace our usual social/fun event with a meaningful service event," said Delta Sigma Pi member David Wang 13 (Finance). "The Miami students were happy to participate in the event as well, which was doubly great!"

John Schieman 14 (Finance), Vice President of Service Activities for Delta Sigma Pi, said the decision to participate in this event was easy to make. "What stuck out about the Pace School was their unique philosophy and unwavering dedication to their students. This 5K is the only fundraiser this amazing educational institution puts on every year, and the event is a true celebration of their work as well as a chance to raise funds to help them continue this service."

Through this fundraiser alone Pace School has been able to raise more than $500,000 in support. This was the Race for Pace's twelfth year. With over 700 participants in the 2012 race, the school is on track to reach its $50,000 target for the year. The group of fifty Delta Sigma Pi Miami undergrads helped with a variety of tasks: assisting organizers, dressing up as cartoon characters, and helping to direct and cheer participants.

"Everyone thought it was simply fantastic!" said Pace School's Development Director, Marilan Caito. "They couldn't believe that large of a group would participate. It was the largest group we've ever had, truly record breaking. Everyone was delighted to have such mature and responsible volunteers."

While the Delta Sigma Pi group also took in some site-seeing and visited PNC, American Eagle, and Bayer-MedRad, this service experience was definitely one of the trip's highlights. "The enthusiasm from everyone was electric," said Schieman. "Even those racing thanked us for being there. When everyone finally returned to the bus, it was unanimous that this was an incredible experience, superior event and a cause worth serving."

Those at Pace School could not be more thrilled: "It really was heartwarming because this cause is so important, the kids that it helps," said Caito. "Having the Miami students here really made a difference."