Run For Big Oak 5K, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run


Event Date

Sat, Mar 19, 2016


Rainbow City, AL


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Running-5K - Individual Age group/open

$20 $20 Closed

About This Activity

Why are we running?

John Croyle and his wife, Tee, have seen their dream of building the best children’s home in America grow into three separate facilities in Northeast Alabama. Big Oak Boys’ Ranch in Gadsden, Big Oak Girls’ Ranch in Springville, and Westbrook Christian School in Rainbow City. The Big Oak ministry grew out of John’s desire to give hurting children a chance. Faced with one of the most important decisions of his life, whether to play professional football or to start a children’s home, John followed the Lord’s leadership.

In 1974, John established Big Oak Boys’ Ranch. Big Oak Ranch, Inc. was incorporated in the State of Alabama as a 501 C3 Corporation that same year. John’s vision to start the Girls’ Ranch evolved from a court case involving “Shelley” a twelve-year-old girl who had been physically and sexually abused by   her father. John pleaded with the judge to let Shelley live at the Boys’ Ranch, but the judge refused and placed Shelley back with her parents. Shelley was beaten to death by her parents three months later.

The Girls’ Ranch was built in 1988 after John felt the Lord’s calling to start a girls’ home in Shelley’s memory. Westbrook Christian School was acquired in 1990, and exists to provide a

quality education in a Christian environment for the children of Big Oak Ranch, as well as children from the community. Westbrook Christian is a privately funded 501 C3 institution depending solely on tuition, fundraising events, and the generosity of concerned individuals and groups for support.

Since 1974, John and Tee, along with the Big Oak Ranch staff, have been called to meet the needs of hundreds of children by giving them a solid, Christian home and a chance to fulfill God’s plan for their lives. For more information, please visit

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