For years, former Ohio State men’s basketball player Dallas Lauderdale has been impacting his community by hosting an annual basketball camp. Called “Direction Up,” the Northeast Ohio product has been running a camp designed as much to teach kids the game of basketball as it is to uplift them and inspire them for better things.

Now he’s taking it on the road – literally. This June, Lauderdale will host his first 5K run/walk in his native Solon. The event will take place June 22 and start at Solon Middle School and will feature both a 5K run and a one-mile walk with strollers and wheelchairs welcomed.

The cost is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the walk and all participants will receive a medal, Direction Up shirt and refreshments.

To register, you can click here.

Last season, Lauderdale played for the Maine Red Claws in the NBA’s G-League, where he averaged 4.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 29 games including 27 starts. In 105 career G-League games, Lauderdale has averaged 5.4 points and 6.1 rebounds after nearly having his career cut short with a foot injury in 2014.

In 2015, Lauderdale told the Dispatch that he wanted to use Direction Up to help make an impact on the youth of his community.

“If I can just try and instill this mentality in them, which is how to respond to adversity and how things happen on and off the court, if I can just talk to one kid or one kid can get it, it’ll be worth it,” Lauderdale said. “If one kid can get it, that one kid can make a difference because I believe that one kid can affect another kid and those can affect more.”

During his four years at Ohio State, Lauderdale averaged 4.2 points and 3.5 rebounds and made the Big Ten’s all-defense team as a junior.

 

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