The Danielle Struzziery 5K Run/Walk is back again, and the runners are ready to return after a missed year lost to the coronavirus.
The Danielle Struzziery Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in the name of Danielle Struzziery, a much-loved Hull High School graduate, athlete, daughter, sister, and friend. After her tragic death in a car accident at the age of 18, her family created the fund to honor her memory.
Each year, they award four $1,000 scholarships to Hull seniors, and they also give money to help support various Hull businesses and charities, as well as youth sports teams.
The Struzzierys hold a 5K Run/Walk in Danielle’s honor that helps raise the money to fund these scholarships. The run has been extremely successful in past years, with an average turnout of 200 people.
This year’s run will be the eighth annual such event and will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. on the Danielle E. Struzziery Softball Field on N Street. Afterward, the restaurant Local 02045 has donated its function room and food for an after-party.
Last year, the Struzzierys were not able to hold the 5K due to COVID-19. This year, they are not accepting sponsorships from local businesses, as they usually do, because businesses have been so hard-hit over the course of the pandemic.
However, they will recognize all the businesses that have supported them through the years. “That’s what it’s all about, right? Giving back,” says Bill Struzziery, Danielle’s father.
Everything the Struzzierys have done, they have done in Danielle’s name. “We started the scholarship fund in her name because it was pretty tragic, and it hit the town pretty hard,” he says.
Danielle was a triple-threat athlete, playing soccer, basketball, and softball, with 7 as her signature number. She is remembered as caring, generous with her time and affection, and welcoming to everyone.
To register for the race, donate to the fund, or to simply learn more about Danielle, visit struzz7.org.