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FIJI Run Across Virginia

A personal campaign sponsored by Virginia Tech FIJI

November 10, 2021

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The FIJI Run Across Virginia is a cross-state run culminating in the presentation of the University of Virginia vs. Virginia Tech game ball at their annual football meeting in late November. The running of the game ball has become one of the largest student run philanthropies at either school and benefits The V Foundation for cancer research. Participants in the run are members of the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), and come from both the UVA and Virginia Tech Chapters. Not only are these FIJI brothers the creators and operators of the run, but they are also the primary fundraisers for the charity. In 2018 and 2019, the combined efforts of both chapters raised nearly $60,000 and brought the event total to nearly $600,000.

Starting in Blacksburg, the brothers from Virginia Tech will run the game ball towards Lynchburg. Once they reach Lynchburg, brothers from The University of Virginia will take over and carry the ball the rest of the way to Charlottesville. The ball is run by one brother at a time, each choosing their own distance, before handing off the ball to the next runner. Participants are carried on a tour bus that follows the runners along the route.  The bus is also a method for presenting the FIJI Run Across Virginia Sponsors.  For safety, police escorts have also been set up along the entire route.

Once in Charlottesville, the football will be run through town and then taken to the stadium for the check presentation. In the stadium, members of the run will present a check to the representatives from The V Foundation for all the money raised that year. The check presentation ceremony will take place either before the game, or during half time, so be sure to get to the stadium early to show your support!

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The Foundation has funded nearly $290 million in cancer research grants nationwide. The V Foundation awards 100 percent of direct donations to cancer research and related programs. The V Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive award process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation, please visit v.org