The 24th annual Chigger Chase will have a presenting sponsor for the first time this year courtesy of the Ardmore Institute of Health. Wednesday morning that partnership was cemented with the organization presenting race representatives with a $10,000 check.
Michelle Sinkler, program officer with AIH, said while they have sponsored the race in the past this is the largest amount they have ever contributed to it, adding that based on the mission of AIH and their goal of promoting healthy lifestyles, this partnership is a perfect fit.
“Our mission is to help people make lifestyle choices to help them live healthy lives so that they stave off chronic diseases like type two diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack,” Sinkler said. “As a program officer the work that I am overseeing is to increase physical activity opportunities in Ardmore that will promote physically active lives. So sponsoring the Chigger Chase this year just seemed like a natural fit.”
Sinkler went on to say this is just another example of the partnerships AIH makes with other programs and activities that promote physical activities such as  the Ardmore Corporate Fitness Challenge and the Senior Games.
Teresa Ervin, Director of Ardmore Parks and Recreation, said everyone is thrilled to have another opportunity to work with AIH.
“They have been so very generous to us in the past. They’re very involved in our Senior Games, they’ve given us the grant for the pickle ball courts, and now with the Chigger Chase,” Ervin said. “I can’t say enough about them. They’re doing a lot for our community and we’re so fortunate to have them.”