Over the past decade the name Zeller has become synonymous with athletic success on the hardwood in Washington, but the commitment to excellence runs deeper than that.
The annual DistinXion Summerfest event will take place Saturday at Eastside Park with a new event and an unexpected guest appearance from Cody Zeller.
The appearance of Cody in the first annual 5K is sure to liven up an event that is already well attended by the Washington community. In addition to the 5K run-walk, there will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a bounce house and a petting zoo for the children attending the event and a silent auction. Cody will be the only one of the three brothers to attend, which is keeping with the tradition of at least one of them attending the DistinXion events.
“Cody is coming for the purpose of coming for the workout, he’s not there to sign autographs, there are a lot of people he wants to see in Washington,” said Lorri Zeller. “Hopefully people come to run in the 5K, it would be kind of fun to run against him and they could say they could beat Cody Zeller. When we do our baseketball camps, I think we had 17 camps this summer we always try to have at least one Zeller. We were really fortunate to get Cody here.”
The 5K will begin at 8 a.m., the rest of the activities will be set up between 8:30-9 a.m. with the basketball tournament getting underway at 10 a.m. The New Hope Christian Band will begin playing at 1 p.m. DistinXion summer intern Kendall Murphy said the numbers of those in attendance may increase with Cody running in the 5K, but they expect a good turnout regardless.
“With the DistinXion name, the town of Washington has really jumped on board with the ministry part of it more than the basketball,” Murphy said. “It’s more of a community event just to give back what they have given to us. We are planning for an annual event — we’d like to get the boys here, but with the name of Distinxion really taking off — I think it’s going to be good.”
Following the 5K race there will be a Kiddie Run for a distance of 300 meters (0.2 miles), and the award ceremony for the 5K will follow. The overall winner of the 5K will get a medal and a signed basketball, while the winners of each age group will receive a medal and $15 to Indiana Running Company.
Distinxion prides itself on being different in a positive way, and that starts with the unique spelling of the group. The ‘X’ in the spelling stands for the center of Christ and they want Christ the center of their daily life, according to Murphy. The values that are discussed and portrayed at the various sport camps Distinxion is involved in flows from the model. The Washington community has rallied around this program.
“We primarily do sports camps that do character training,” Zeller said. “We do this even once a year in July and we only do it for Washington. Washington has a special place in our priorities and great to give back to the community which has given us so much.”