Sergeant Jared Evans has served four years in the Marine Corps as a Recon Marine. After getting out of uniform, Evans started serving in a different capacity. He is now the executive director of Military and Veteran Affairs at the University of South Carolina.
“I’m blessed to be in this role,” Evans said. “I get to wake up everyday and love what I do, and I get to speak on behalf of all the veterans and their family members enrolled at the university.”
Evans along with a Navy veteran, Brooks Herring, got together in 2018 and started to plan a 5K the university could run around Veterans Day and raise money to build a Fisher House in Columbia. Now the two directors of the race have raised more than $30,000 for the cause. The fourth annual USC Veterans Day 5k is Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m., beginning on campus.
“We want to raise $20,000 this year,” Evans said. “We’ve grown this event every year and because of COVID-19 we were virtual last year but we’re back in person this year and there’s a lot of excitement for this awesome event.”
There are overall time prizes for age groups but also some extra competitions to make the race unique, according to Evans. Extras include stroller challenges, dog challenges and a Para athlete challenge. Once the race is completed at the finish line, Carolina Western Pub is hosting the after party in Columbia's Vista.
“There’s going to be tents set up for our sponsors and TVs that will have on the football games. We will have the awards ceremony and food trucks, news channels and radio stations. We’re looking for a large turnout,” said Evans.
The Fisher House will be a home away from home for families of veterans while their loved ones are receiving care at the Dorn VA Medical Hospital. It will provide travel, food and lodging for veterans' family members.
Visit uscveteransday5k.org to register for the 5k or donate.
Learn more about Evans this week on 94.3 The Dude.