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A cool, cloudy morning did not deter runners from participating in Hop, SCIP, Jump and Run, an annual fundraiser benefiting School Community Intervention & Prevention (SCIP), a program of Lincoln Medical Education Partnership. SCIP works with schools throughout Nebraska by providing tools and resources to address behavioral health issues that impact children, adolescents and their families.

This year’s May 12 event at Lincoln Southwest High School included a 1-mile fun run and a 5K race. Before and after the running events, participants visited booths of sponsors and local non-profit organizations in order to be entered into a drawing for donated prizes from local businesses and restaurants.

Nicki Hanseling won the 5K race, and Xavier Perales won the 1-mile fun run. A list of the top 10 finishers in each category can be found at scipnebraska.com.

The event’s title sponsor was Nebraska Mental Health Centers, a participating SCIP agency. Finish Line Sponsors were B107.3, Sam’s Club and Union Bank and Trust. Hydration Station Sponsors were Bryan Health, Community Health Endowment of Lincoln and Nelnet. Mile Marker Sponsors were Casey’s General Store, Complete Children’s Health, CHI-St. Elizabeth and Inspro Insurance. Other sponsors included Costco and Korby Gilbertson.

Organizations participating in the event were Bryan Independence Center, Cedars Foster Care, Child Advocacy Center, Child Guidance Center, Eat Fit Go Healthy Foods, Educare, Lancaster Prevention Coalition, MADD, Mourning Hope, Nebraska Mental Health Centers and Stepping Stones for Families.

“This event helps us increase community awareness of the emotional and behavioral health issues affecting our youth as well as SCIP’s role in connecting families to needed services and resources,” said Kelly Madcharo, director of SCIP.

SCIP is a program designed to bring together families, school and the community to support student behavioral and emotional health. SCIP’s mission is to provide an effective prevention and early intervention process for youth with behavioral health concerns so they may achieve healthy, productive lives. For more details about SCIP, visit scipnebraska.com or call 402-327-6843.

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