The Nu Delta Chapter of Chi Phi hosted the John Tinsley Memorial 5k Run on September 22, 2013 in honor of their fallen brother, John Tinsley. Although the weather was not conducive for the event, Nu Delta still managed to turn the Run into an extremely successful affair. Overall, more than $3,500 was raised for ROTC Scholarships and the Wounded Warrior Project.
For those who are unaware, Captain John Tinsley, 28, was killed August 12, 2009 by an improvised explosive device strike to his vehicle during a routine patrol in the Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan while serving with company B of 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group. Throughout time, there have always been citizens of this great country that have gone above and beyond their civil duties. These people put the well-being of society and their country before themselves. Brother Tinsley exemplified these values.
Nu Delta alumnus, Jason White said one time he and Tinsley went to Potbelly’s and stayed out late the night before they had to go on an early-morning 5K run. Tinsley insisted that White stayed at his place so he could make sure White would wake up on time. The Nu Delta Alumni Association has taken this memory and turned it into their annual Tinsley 5k Run to recreate something Brother Tinsley loved. Each step taken towards finishing the race is another step taken in ensuring that his memory lives on. The proceeds of the 5k go to the Tinsley Scholarship which is set up to assist FSU ROTC students and to the Wounded Warrior Federation.
The Chapter is thankful to all Chi Phi alumni that came out to celebrate his memory and support the Tinsley family, who traveled from various parts of the country to be in attendance.
(Information for this article was obtained from Nu Delta Alumni Association’s website, https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1486/aff_1_home.aspx?sid=1486, as well as from http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Austin-Engelbrecht-Chi-Phi-presents-the-3rd-Annual-Captain-John-Tinsley-Memorial-5K).