CASE recognizes ASU Alumni Association for innovative community engagement programs

Feb. 8, 2017/Tempe, Ariz.- The ASU Alumni Association recently received a Silver Award in the Annual Alumni Programs category as part of the Awards of Excellence contest sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE’s) District VII. The association was recognized for its sponsorship of its ASU Cares and Tillman Honor Run programs, two events that connect Sun Devil geographic alumni chapters to the communities that surround them.

Both programs were initiated in 2009. The ASU Cares program takes place during March, when chapters engage in a local community volunteer project of their choosing. Hundreds of alumni have participated in projects that have ranged from walking dogs at the Pittsburgh Humane Society; a “Cupcakes and Crafts” event at a children’s hospital; painting murals in schools; and staffing water stations for regional fun runs and marathons.

The Tillman Honor Runs, which until 2017 were known as Pat’s Run Shadow Runs, allow chapters around the United States to participate in 4.2-mile running races held in conjunction with the official Pat’s Run in Tempe each April. Pat’s Run is the primary fundraiser for the Tillman Foundation, an organization founded in 2004 to honor the legacy of former Sun Devil and Arizona Cardinals football player Pat Tillman. The Tillman Honor Runs often attract runners and walkers from the local community, including military veterans and those who admire Tillman’s service to his country in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In 2016, the runs were held in 32 locations and attracted nearly 2,400 participants overall.

“We’re honored to receive this award from CASE, since the goal for both programs is to showcase the good works of Sun Devil alumni across the United States,” said Christine K. Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Alumni Association. “Both ASU Cares and the Tillman Honor Runs demonstrate how the Alumni Association encourages the New American University ideal of social embeddedness.”

To learn more about ASU Cares, the Tillman Honor Runs, and other service activities sponsored by the ASU Alumni Association, visit More information on the network of alumni chapters, clubs and connection groups can be found at