Men and Ladies of Honor to host 5k to ‘shine a light on fatherlessness’

(ROWLETT, TX – August 13, 2015) Mark your calendar and save the date for Saturday, November 7th,when The Men and Ladies of Honor/Honor Academy, a locally based international organization and member of the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce, will host a night-time 5k in Rowlett. The event will include a fun run, vendor booths and activities for the kids, to raise community awareness about the issue and impact of fatherlessness.

The “Shine A Light on Fatherlessness” 5k will begin at Rowlett High School’s stadium, where most of the activities will take place.

Funds raised by runners, sponsors and donors will support expanding efforts to reach more boys and girls in the North Texas region.

“We mentor and teach boys and girls in their formative years in the principles of honor and integrity,” explained President and Founder Tony Rorie, a Rowlett resident. “We believe every kid has greatness on the inside, and our job is to draw it out.”

Rorie developed the original program model in an inner-city charter school in Dallas 13 years ago. Then serving as Principal, he implemented basic character education to address student misconduct and cultivate principles of honor and chivalry among essentially fatherless boys. The faith-based program expanded to multiple campuses, then other school districts, across Texas and the US, to five other countries.

Through The Men and Ladies of Honor, boys are instructed in Christ like manhood, addressing Character, Honor, Integrity and Perseverance, while girls are instructed in Loyalty, Integrity, Generosity, Honesty and Trustworthiness, emphasizing godly feminine strength and the value of virtue.

The newly-launched Honor Academy is a community-based character education program, designed to be suitable for schools and recreation center programs. The Rowlett Parks and Recreation Department incorporated the program into its summer day camp this year, and plans to launch classes in the fall, as Steadham Elementary embraces the program for a second school year.

Honor Academy teaches boys and girls grades 5 through 9 to CHASE their dreams, as they learn about Character, Honor, Accountability, Sacrifice, and Excellence.

To register or sponsor the 5k, visit and follow @Honor5k.

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Submitted by Shelley Edwards, Director of Community Relations, The Men and Ladies of Honor/Honor Academy.

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