Moe Deloach has been working to get back in shape.
The Northern Nash graduate and recent retiree from a 10-year overseas professional basketball career has been jogging more often, and his runs often take him through neighborhoods and parks.
So when a video began to circulate on social media of the Feb. 23 shooting and killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man in Georgia who was out on a jog, by two armed white men, Deloach took notice.
“I’ve been running more over the past month or so and this hits 金殿国际棋牌-首页 because that could have been me, it could have been Tom, Fred or anybody,” Deloach said. “It’s a difficult situation and no one wants to go through that. It’s terrifying that someone has to go through that.”
Not long after watching the video, Deloach began to wonder how he could help.
Deloach will hold a run/walk/jog event at noon on Friday at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex in dedication of Arbery. Deloach is hoping for a large turnout and stressed that social distancing measures will be able to be followed in the large park.
The event will start at the baseball fields, and two laps around the nearby path is about 2.5 miles, Deloach said.
“We might have a speaker or maybe a pastor come by to say a prayer,” Deloach said. “But basically it’s just wide open to come out and have unity, and show that Rocky Mount is behind this as one.”
In March, Deloach was among two dozen volunteers who distributed food out of the South Rocky Mount Community Center to people in need. He also helps organize bowling events for various causes throughout the year, and his free basketball camp for area youths had its ninth annual installment last year.
So when Deloach learned about Arbery, the Rocky Mount native knew he had to do something.
“I was on social media and the news always travels so fast there,” he said. “And I have been getting back in shape myself and when I saw what happened, I figured that with my status in the community and some of the popularity I have in the city, I said ‘Let’s see what I can do on my end.’ So I came up with holding a run myself.”
Deloach said that he hopes the event will double as inspiration for some who haven’t exercised in a while to come out and move.
“It would be great to bring Rocky Mount together at this time, while also using it as a platform for good health,” he said. “Maybe people who haven't walked in a couple months might be motivated to exercise for this cause.
"I hate that we have to get together like this, but I think this is something that every race should feel bad that something like this can happen.”