Run/Walk Honors Late Gardner-Webb Athletics Administrator Mike Roebuck

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University Hosts First “A Mile for Mike” Event

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Hundreds of runners and walkers traveled a mile around Gardner-Webb University on April 30 to honor Mike Roebuck, an avid runner and former GWU athletics administrator who passed away earlier this year.

The first “A Mile for Mike” honored Roebuck, who served Gardner-Webb for 20 years, first as director of financial aid and then as assistant athletics director for academic services. In addition to the run/walk, the event included comments by Roebuck’s family and GWU Vice President for Athletics Chuck Burch.

“A Mile for Mike was an attempt to have campus-wide participation in an event that would help us celebrate Mike and the impact he had on our student-athletes,” Burch shared. “The turnout was tremendous. I couldn’t think of a better way to pay our respects to Mike than by doing something that he loved for the group of students that he loved to work with.”

Gardner-Webb student-athletes garnered numerous individual awards and GWU teams were consistently honored for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom during Roebuck’s tenure in the athletics department.

Organizers hope to make “A Mile for Mike” an annual event in Roebuck’s memory.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).