Night of Hope

2024 Night of Hope set for Aug. 24

Westerville Education Challenge’s 3rd annual Night of Hope 5K, 1-mile, and Family Fun Run is set to take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Westerville North’s Jim McCann Stadium.

We invite our many friends, families, and community members to support WEC and attend this great event!

The Night of Hope offers pre-event fun for the whole family, and helps raise money for WEC’s work to promote mental health. Grab a shaved ice treat from our visiting Kona Ice truck, and browse the informational tables set up by many local stakeholders. Those sharing resources for 2024 will include NAMI Mid-Ohio, the Westerville Public Library, and Ellie Mental Health.

Our Hope Squad students from Westerville North, South, and Central high schools provide most of the person-power for the event, running the pre-race games and then cheering on participants as they traverse the great course cross-country course around Westerville North.

Proceeds from the event help support WEC’s social-emotional learning initiatives in the Westerville City School District. We work to create school cultures where every student feels safe, supported and celebrated, with programs like Hope Squad, MODEL, Parent Prep, W.E.B. and sponsorship of Twinkle, our Canine Companion support dog trained to provide emotional support for Westerville students.

Attendees can participate in the Family Fun Run, an official 5K, or tackle a shorter 1-mile course. This fantastic event concludes with the lighting of luminaries around the McCann Stadium track — shining a light on promoting mental health for all.

NEW: Our wonderful Night of Hope sponsor Jet’s Pizza will be at the event, serving FREE PIZZA to participants and Volunteers! THANK YOU to Jet’s, also a generous sponsor of our Hope Squad programs at all three Westerville high schools!


Register for the Run/Walk

The Night of Hope helps fund WEC’s social-emotional learning initiatives in the Westerville City School District. THANK YOU for your support!


Rotary Club of Westerville, Big Bus join Night of Hope

A special Fill The Big Bus Middle School Food Drive will be part of our 2024 Night of Hope. Click to read more about the drive from these great community partners!

Run-Walk options and events

Family Fun Run

1-Mile Run-Walk

5K Run-Walk

Fun pre-event games

Lighting of the Luminaries around the McCann Stadium track

Night of Hope