Register for HIV/AIDS Walk

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2009) – Support is building for the University of South Florida Institute on Black Life’s first HIV/AIDS Walk: “Walking for the Cure,” scheduled for Dec. 12 from 7 to 9 a.m. The event will raise funds to support graduate student research on HIV/AIDS.  The registration deadline is Oct. 30, providing ample time for walkers to approach friends, neighbors, co-workers and others to sponsor their participation. The event will be held on USF’s Tampa Campus (maps will be provided to registered walkers).


Walkers of all ages are encouraged to get involved to complete anywhere from half a lap to three laps:

•  3 laps (3 miles)  – Red Running Robins

•  2 laps (2 miles)  – White Walking Seagulls

•  1 lap (1 mile)     – Barely Budging Blue Birds

•  ½ lap (1/2 mile) – Purple Poke-A-Longs


“It is important to start lining up sponsors as quickly as possible,” said organizer Clara Cobb, Institute on Black Life (IBL) coordinator. “And more walkers are always needed – young and elderly. We are already attracting people who have walked before, many from across the country, but we also intend to bring in those who never have done this kind of thing but think they want to give it a try. They need to know how important it is, how relatively easy it is and how inspiring it is for themselves, their fellow walkers and the people they’re helping.”


The USF Department of Africana Studies offers instruction and opportunities for research in the areas of health and health disparities. Students can pursue these objectives through the department’s Master of Liberal Arts in Africana Studies program or the Diaspora Health and Health Disparities Graduate Certificate offered jointly with the College of Public Health


 “Issues related to HIV/AIDS, the quality of life of those who survive it, its prevention, and its cure, all point to the critical need for research in the areas of health and the political and socio-economic disparities that can undermine one’s ability to live a healthy life,” Cobb said. 


In addition to IBL, sponsors include the USF Athletics Department, the Hillsborough County Black Nurses Association, Hillsborough County Pastors on Patrol, the Hillsborough County Health Department, the USF Department of Africana Studies, Tropicana, USF Physical Plant, Tampa Black Leadership Commission on Aids, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, USF Police Department and the Tampa Francis House Program.


For more information and to register, contact Clara Cobb (813) 974-9387 or e-mail Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for children (16 and under).  Corporate sponsorships are $250. Checks should be made payable to: USF’s Institute on Black Life and sent to 4202 East Fowler Avenue, FAO 274, Tampa, Florida 33620; in the memo line: HIV/AIDS Walk.


The University of South Florida System is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The system offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. It has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.