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Steve Smith Hosts First Event In Matthews Since Release From Carolina Panthers

The Steve Smith Family Foundation presents inaugural Lace Up Son 5K

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 26, 2014) – It is time to lace up, son! Steve Smith will host his first event in Matthews since his dramatic release from the Carolina Panthers, and everyone is invited.

On Monday, May 26, join Smith and The Steve Smith Family Foundation for the inaugural Lace Up Son 5K at the Siskey YMCA located in Matthews, NC. The family friendly event is an all morning, Memorial Day celebration complete with a pancake breakfast, kid’s fun run, inflatable attractions, DJ, group exercise classes, admission to the Siskey YMCA’s outdoor pool and more.

“I’m excited to host the Foundation’s first 5K in Matthews. This is a great opportunity to celebrate with the community that has supported me for the last 13 years, and through the foundation, give back to them,” said Smith. “You better lace up, son!”

Individual entry fees are $35 per person. Groups up to four runners are $80, with $15 per additional entry. VIP packages are also available, and are $200 per group of four. All proceeds benefit the Siskey YMCA Annual Campaign which gives kids, families and adults in need the chance to participate in life-changing Y programs that inspire potential, improve quality of life and ensure access for all.

“The Smith family will always be a part of our community,” said Siskey YMCA Executive Director Rich Gallagher. “The Y is proud to team up with The Steve Smith Family Foundation to provide a fun, family event that strengthens the community and promotes healthy activity.”

The race kicks off at 8:15 a.m. and runners will check in at the Siskey YMCA before being shuttled to the 5K course, which winds through the beautiful streets of downtown Matthews. Participants of all skill levels and ages are welcome to run in the Lace Up Son 5K, especially those joining in honor or memory of military service men and women.

All registration and event information can be found at

Located in Matthews, the Siskey YMCA serves more than 30,000 members and program participants. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, comprised of 19 membership locations and two resident camps, engages approximately 274,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for 140 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

Established in 2013 by former Carolina Panther and current Baltimore Raven, Steve Smith and his wife Angie, The Steve Smith Family Foundation is focused on the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the community, one person at a time. S2F2 proudly partners with nonprofit organizations to provide hope and inspiration to those in need. The foundation is currently pending 501(C)(3) status.

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