A Weekend of Pride to Support Student-Athletes


Radford University Athletics and E.C. Pace Company are hosting a weekend in support of the University’s dedicated student-athletes. For three days, April 27 – 29, alumni, supporters, the university community and the New River Valley community will participate in the E.C. Pace Company Highlander Pride Weekend.

The three-day celebration includes a Red and White Gala presented by English Meadows Senior Living Community, the Callie Dalton & Associates Highlander Open presented by Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group and the Highlander Half Marathon & 8K. All proceeds raised during the events will benefit the Radford Athletics Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund.

Thursday, April 27
Red & White Gala presented by English Meadows Senior Living Community
6 p.m.
The Farmhouse Restaurant, Christiansburg

Friday, April 28
Callie Dalton & Associates Highlander Open presented by Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group
9 a.m.
Draper Valley Golf Club

Saturday, April 29
Highlander Half Marathon & 8K
8 a.m.
Dedmon Center, Radford University

Radford University student-athletes are known for their performance in the classroom. Twelve student-athletes were named Academic All-Americans, a national recognition for academic excellence and student success. Long distance runner Teresa Williamson ’15, of Chesapeake, and soccer midfielder Stephen Hudgens ’15, of Alpharetta, Georgia, swept the 2014-2015 Big South Conference Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year honors. Radford University is the first Big South institution to have both the men’s and women’s recipient in the same year since the 2009-2010 season. This is testimony to the dedication and tenacity of Radford University student-athletes on the playing field and in the classroom.

Mark Pace ’93, whose company is the title sponsor of the three-day E.C. Pace Company Highlander Pride Weekend, says it’s important to support students who put in the hard work to be successful. “I don’t think people understand how much time student-athletes dedicate to their sport while taking care of academics. They are very dedicated and know how to put in the hours. Student-athletes are working so hard to be the best that they can be, we need to help them,” said Pace.

Radford University Athletic Director Robert Lineburg says the weekend will be a chance for the university and New River Valley communities, alumni and friends to make a difference in the lives of current and future Radford University student-athletes while enjoying an evening of good food and friends, an afternoon of golf, or a run along the New River. "This weekend is a tremendous opportunity for our athletics department to engage our alumni and friends. It is extremely important for us to provide ways to get our former student-athletes and alumni back on campus and have a wonderful experience with a number of different activities. At the same time, everyone who participates will help us raise money for our scholarship fund," said Lineburg.

For a full schedule and to register for the E.C. Pace Company Highlander Pride Weekend, visit Radfordathletics.com.

Mar 7, 2017
Ann Brown
(540) 831-6715