Katalyst was proud to be a sponsor for the 2018 Ricky Byrdsong’s Race Against Hate. This race and participation honors the legacy of Ricky Byrdsong, former Northwestern University Basketball Coach, Vice President of Affairs at Aon Corporation, and Skokie resident. 19 years ago Ricky was murdered by a white supremacist while walking in his neighborhood with two of his young children. This act of hate raised eyebrows and led to this uprising and community event each year after.
Sponsorships like Katalyst’s help the YWCA assist children in schools and the local youth organizations to challenge their own prejudices and foster healthy, violence-free relationships among their peers. They support teenagers in examining their own relationships and practicing constructive ways to handle conflict and differences; and encourages adults to engage in constructive dialogue, interactive activities and meaningful action as related to racial justice.
Katalyst not only sponsored the event but their employees from the Chicagoland location also participated in the Race to support the communities efforts in bringing about peace and harmony among its residents. Our employees beat sweltering heat and enthusiastically completed the 5K Walk and 10K Run. We will continue to support the YWCA in nurturing and bettering the community.