Highlights TV Show Features Leah’s Legacy 5K Event


Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.

The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Optimum Communications and Jim Strawn & Company.

The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Optimum’s channel 17.

The show airing September 11, 2023 – September 18, 2023  features Leah’ Legacy.

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We interviewed Mike & Emily Strickland, parents of Leah Strickland who was sadly and tragically fatally injured in an automoble accident on August 31, 2922.

She was a student at Herbert Hoover High School and played on the girls soccer team.

They have started a Leah Strickland Memorial Scholarship Fund.

They discussed an upcoming event to raise necessary monies for the fund.


Details of the Event:

Join them on Sunday, September 17th for the inaugural Leah’s Legacy 5K Run/2 Mile Walk/Kid’s Fun Run to celebrate the life of Leah and support the Leah Strickland Memorial Scholarship! 🤍
This one-of-a-kind race will be held on Sunday, September 17th from 5:00-9:00pm. The race will start and finish at Slack Plaza on Charleston’s Summer Street in downtown Charleston, WV.
After an evening race through downtown Charleston, runners can enjoy live entertainment, refreshments, food trucks, awesome prizes & giveaways, and more!
Take advantage of the $25 early-bird registration fee, and register online today: https://runsignup.com/Race/WV/Charleston/LeahsLegacy.
We also talked with Jasmine Mace, Leah’s best friend. She shared Leah’s upbeat personality and all everyone always felt better about being with her.

The scholarship was originally intended for female athletes only at Herbert Hoover High School, but after seeing Leah’s impact on so many athletes at Hoover and throughout the community, we are wanting to add more scholarships to include male athletes as well.

Race Award Categories:

  • Top 3 Overall Male & Female
  • Top Masters Male & Female (40+)
  • Age Groups (Top Male & Female runners) 8 & under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89
  • Top 3 Fastest Adult Teams (Minimum of 5 members-must be co-ed)
  • Top 3 Schools with largest participation. (Make sure to select school in team category)


To register, click here.

If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.

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