Ojanae Thompson Annual Memorial Scholarship Fund
1.9mile Family Fun Walk/Run Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA


Saturday, December 31, 2022

On site registration opens at 6:30am.  Race starts at 7:00am.

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Navy Yard League Island Park 1101 Kitty Hawk Ave

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19112

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Because of Them Foundation (BOTFD) was established to help future students succeed without having to worry about tuition, food, board, clothing, footwear, childcare, and transportation, a story that is familiar to me. My goal with this foundation is to remove the barriers for a student wishing to achieve academic excellence through school. So many of our black and brown children eliminate themselves before they even apply because they just can’t afford many of the items, which they will need to assist them through school. In reading articles and listening to programs across America, this is a major issue for students from elementary through graduate school. An item we see as small is major to a potential lawyer or doctor simply because they can’t afford a medical school application, college application fees, or no money for transportation to get to school. In addition to many people helping me navigate through college, there were just as many people who have assisted me in my professional life. And I am excited to share the vision with so many people to help propel the inaugural event to raise funds for a scholarship program. As many of you are aware, our family suffered a tremendous loss in the summer of 2021 and that loss had compelled me with even more vigor to establish this Foundation. In speaking with my nephew (Keavin Thompson), he has graciously allowed me to name the first program after his daughter Ojanae Thompson. Ojanae Thompson was tragically murdered in the summer of 2021 in Philadelphia by the hands of gun violence. My nephew was excited because he was going to be able to put his only daughter through college. But this will never occur and so we are starting this fund in her honor. Our inaugural event will be the establishment of the Ojanae Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund. We will begin to raise funds through this inaugural 1.9mile family fun walk/run. The instagram account is becauseofthem_foundation Cashapp for donations $OjanaeWalkRun19