Since its inception, the Krispy Kreme Challenge has been proud to support the UNC Children's Hospital, a specialty-designed hospital that caters to the needs of sick or injured children and their families. The mission of the hospital is to provide the highest quality care to patients from all 100 counties in North Carolina, regardless of a family's ability to afford the services. The money we raise goes to help fund additional equipment and support services necessary to provide exceptional care. It makes possible innovative programs that aid in the treatment and care of children suffering from a wide range of illnesses. It also gives patients the chance to just be kids, by playing on the 2-story play atrium or participating in a variety of on-site activities. In addition, the hospital has the state's only fully accredited hospital school, which keeps patients from kindergarten to 12th grade on top of their studies.
Whether you choose to run the challenge, volunteer, raise money, or simply donate, you can be confident that your investment is supporting a great cause. Please consider supporting the children of North Carolina in some way for this year's Krispy Kreme Challenge!
The Krispy Kreme Challenge started in December 2004 as a dare among a few Park Scholars and their friends, all NC State undergraduates. Sophomore Ben Gaddy took home bragging rights that afternoon, running the race in 34 minutes and 27 seconds. After receiving positive coverage from local and national media, Krispy Kreme Challenge was labeled as:
Organizers decided to publicize the Krispy Kreme Challenge and turn it into something that would not only be an event to bring together people from all over the country but also to benefit an important cause along the way. It was no surprise when organizers selected The UNC Children's Hospital as the most deserving beneficiary of this ultimate collegiate challenge.
The Krispy Kreme Challenge is a Sustainable Event Champion, the highest level of event certification given by the NC State Sustainability Office. This certification was achieved through a steadfast dedication to sustainability and stewardship throughout the entire process of planning the Krispy Kreme Challenge. From our usage of digital promotion for the event, buying compostable cups to reduce landfill waste, and setting up clearstreams within our recycling/waste diversion plan, the Krispy Kreme Challenge strives for zero waste which is “a philosophy of thoughtful reuse, composting, and recycling in order to minimize waste sent to landfills.”