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James Island Connector Run benefits area scholarships

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Pharmacy student Austin Avrett, left, was among several area Lowcountry students to receive a scholarship from the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation. Proceeds from the Nov. 1 James Island Connector Run goes to support students with physical disabilities. Avrett is congratulated by MUSC’s Mike Vanderhorst at the scholarship presentation. photo provided

The 16th Annual Charleston James Island Connector Run will be held Saturday, Nov. 1. Race features a 5K and 10K run and bike race starting promptly at 8:30 a.m.

The 10K race route begins and ends at the corner of Ashley Avenue and Bennett Street (close to Ashley Avenue).   

Proceeds from the run benefits the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, a local charity that awards annual scholarships to Lowcountry students with physical disabilities.
Since 1999, the foundation has raised more than $500,000 and awarded more than 95 scholarships to students with disabilities attending the College of Charleston, Charleston Southern University, The Citadel, Trident Technical College and area institutions.

In September, MUSC pharmacy student Austin Avrett was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the foundation for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Foundation co-founder Nick Galavasis is proud to partner once again with James Island Connector Run organizers.

“We’re not just looking for students with physical disabilities, we’re looking for students that have demostrated an incredible desire to be successful despite their disabilities,” said Galavas.

Race day registration is $40 at the registration tent at Cannon Park. Visit

October 30, 2014



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