By: David Leimer

On Friday, Nov. 8 the Kappa Phi chapter of Delta Zeta (DZ) will be hosting their first annual Turtle Trot 5K. The event is held to benefit DZ’s national philanthropy, the Painted Turtle Camp.

Check-in will take place from 9 to 10 a.m., with an optional warm-up jog beginning at 9:30. The race will start promptly at 10 behind the Charlotte 49ers’ baseball stadium.

The Turtle Trot will encompass “the beautiful campus of UNC Charlotte by circulating the greenway followed by a loop around the new football stadium,” said Laura Ferraro, the philanthropy chair of Kappa Phi.

All proceeds will go towards the Painted Turtle Camp.

The camp is located in California and was founded by acclaimed actor Paul Newman. Newman designed the camp for children with serious illnesses to rediscover the joys of being a kid.

As the camp costs nothing for the children attending, Delta Zeta aims to raise as much money as possible for their national philanthropy which has impacted the lives of many children.

Recent wildfires in California have destroyed the Painted Turtle’s facilities and rendered the camp inoperable until 2014.

“Delta Zeta has taken the responsibility upon themselves to raise more money than ever to support the re-building of the beloved camp,” said Ferraro.

Registration and donations can be made at the following website:

My name is Claire Dodd and I'm the News Editor for the Niner Times. This is my second year writing for the paper. I'm a sophomore majoring in Communications with a concentration in Mass Media, minoring in Journalism. Along with being a part of the staff of the newspaper, I'm also an athlete on the 49ers' Women's Club Volleyball Team.