MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - On March 11, prior to the annual St. Paddy's Day 5K run, a one-mile fundraising run will be held at Ginty Field. The race, called the Morristown Cheetah Sprint was created by seven year-old Stella Coyle of Morris Township.

Coyle, a student at the Unity Charter School in Morristown has a love of animals and was concerned about the possible extinction of the cheetah. She also loves running and has run the St. Paddy’s Day 5 K with her parents since age four.

So, with the help of her dad, John Coyle; her teacher, Kimberly McCurnin; and the generous assistance folks at Superhero Events (, Stella combined her two passions to create this fundraiser for the Cheetah Conservation Fund (

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On Wednesday morning, in a room full of adults, Stella took center stage at the Freeholder Board meeting and read a promotional pitch for the race and her cause.

“She is a remarkable young lady, with great poise,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana, who posed for photos with Stella. “The Freeholders are proud to issue this proclamation on her behalf, wish her well with the race and in raising money for her cause.’’

Joining Stella at the meeting were her mom and dad, Katherine and John Coyle; Unity Charter School teacher Kimberly McCurnin and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jilliane Steelman; and Heather McDermott of Superhero Events.   

To register for the Cheetah Sprint, visit: