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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia student-athletes from the women’s lacrosse, wrestling and men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams participated in the Pepsi 10K run over the weekend to benefit the Local Area 3 Special Olympics.

The men’s lacrosse team, under the direction of Dom Starsia, helped in a different way. Rather than running, the Cavaliers worked closely with the Special Olympics organization to help put on the event.

“This is the 11th year that men’s lacrosse has worked with Special Olympics to put on this race, which is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year,” Starsia said. “It was easy for me to get initially interested in helping out since my two daughters are Special Olympics athletes. Our players have taken ownership of this event over the years and take great pride in its successful operation. There is a strong sense of truly helping out in this most worthy cause and providing a real service to the runners and the community.”

The money raised from the Pepsi 10K run goes directly to the Local Area 3 Special Olympics, which at the local level, there are no paid positions. Rather, all coaches and staff are volunteers. All funds are used to pay for equipment, uniforms, ravel to competitions and educational materials about Special Olympics. Area 3 is comprised of the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Greene, Louisa and Fluvanna counties.

Over 500 runners participated in the 6.2 mile race, held at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School near Ivy.

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