PASCAGOULA, Miss., Sept. 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division raised $13,000 Saturday for Special Olympics of Mississippi at the company’s fifth annual “5K on the Causeway” held on Singing River Island.
“Ingalls, along with, Interactive Health, is proud to support Special Olympics of Mississippi, and we are especially proud of the annual 5K on the Causeway,” said Edmond Hughes, vice president of human resources. “The 5K gives us an opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause while promoting healthy lifestyles and wellness for our employees and the local community.”
Ingalls also donated $5,000 in May to athletes at the 2016 Special Olympics of Mississippi Summer Games held earlier this year at Keesler Air Force base.
“Many of the employees start training weeks in advance to get ready for this event every year,” said Program Manager for Interactive Health, Joni Goodman. “Over the past five years we’ve seen increased participation and dedication to this event, and it has become a special race for a worthy cause. It’s wonderful to see so many folks devoted to a great cause.”
More than 740 runners participated in the 2016 race. This year’s top male runner was Josh Becker, and the top female runner was Ingalls employee Amanda Whitaker. Each 5K winner received a medal hand designed by Special Olympics athletes. After the race, Gulf Coast families stayed on Singing River Island for activities inside the kid’s area, live music and free food provided by local vendors. Also this year, a fun run was added for Special Olympics athletes.
About Huntington Ingalls Industries
Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of engineering, manufacturing and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 35,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit: