TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2010) – The University of South Florida Institute on Black Life’s first HIV/AIDS Walk: “Walking for the Cure” is now scheduled for Jan. 30 and will take place from 7 to 9 a.m.  The new deadline for registration is Jan. 22. The HIV/AIDS Walk is a fun way to raise funds and to build awareness about the latest information available about the disease.  Walkers or all ages and at all strength levels are urged to approach friends, neighbors, co-workers and others to sponsor their participation. The money raised will go to HIV/AIDS research.


There’s a category for every type of walker – from near couch-potato to near marathon runner – anyone who can complete a half of a lap up 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, the Hillsborough County Health Department, the USF Department of Africana Studies, Tropicana, USF Physical Plant, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, USF Police Department, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority 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 Foundation/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 is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged 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 university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System 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.