Welcome and History

Thank you for visiting the Victims’ Rights Run/Walk information page!

Each April for over 20 years, University Life departments, Mason Athletics, Mason Police, and community sponsors have hosted the Victims’ Rights Run/Walk, an event that honors the legacy of former student-athlete Aimee Willard. Aimee was a Mason soccer and lacrosse player that was murdered in Philadelphia on her way home from a night out with her friends. VRRW continues on as an event to support victims and survivors and to spread awareness.

This event will be the week of April 20-27, 2022, to be aligned with the Office for Victims of Crime National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. On April 27th, 2022, the Student Support and Advocacy Center and members of the VRRW planning committee will be hosting a variety of activities both on-campus and virtually.

We hope that this gives participants an opportunity to 5K Their Way! This can mean spreading out your chosen activity throughout the week, finding safe ways to connect with activity buddies, and engaging virtually or in-person. You also are not limited to running or walking! We recognize that everyone enjoys different kinds of activity. We want to encourage you to run, walk, dance, swim, do yoga, etc. No matter how you choose to participate, you are supporting victims and survivors and bringing awareness to an important cause!

Participant Packet

Click Here to access the 2022 VRRW Participation Packet!

Activity List for April 27th

While you are more than welcome to 5K Your Own Way, SSAC and the VRRW Planning Committee want to invite you to join in on activities hosted on-campus and virtually. The full schedule is listed below!

Please note that these links are only to RSVP to the individual activities.
To participate, please remember to register for VRRW as well.

  • Fairfax Campus – Yard Games and Activities for VRRW and Denim Day
  • Fairfax Campus – Laughter Yoga with SSAC Associate Director Courtney Diener
    • We will not be hosting this activity this year, but if you are interested in Laughter Yoga please email Courtney Diener (cdiener@gmu.edu).
  • Fairfax Campus – Walk with Dean of Students Juliet Blank-Godlove
  • Fairfax Campus – Run with SSAC Associate Director John Cicchetti
  • Fairfax Campus – Meditation with Regional Campuses Associate Director Michael Galvin
  • Fairfax Campus – Yoga with Coach Reza
  • Arlington Campus – VRRW and Denim Day Event
    • 3:30pm
    • The Plaza at Mason Square (formerly Van Metre Hall Plaza)
    • RSVP Here

Donations

All proceeds and donations from the Victims’ Rights Run/Walk benefit George Mason University Victims’ of Violence Fund located within the Student Support and Advocacy Center.  This fund provides direct assistance to student survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence.

All donations are to be made through George Mason University Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

To be linked directly to the Victims’ of Violence Fund donation page, please click here.