Cel­e­brat­ing the cham­pi­ons in all of us: ‘Sal­larulo’s Race for Cham­pi­ons’

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The eighth an­nual “Sal­larulo’s Race for Cham­pi­ons and Car­ni­val” to ben­e­fit Spe­cial Olympics Florida - Broward County, will take place on the cam­pus of Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity (NSU) on Nov. 10.

The race, which is sched­uled for 8 a.m., will be­gin at the NSU Alvin Sher­man Li­brary. The USATF-cer­ti­fied race will in­clude both run­ners and walk­ers as they join to com­plete a 5K course around the NSU cam­pus. There will also be post-race re­fresh­ments and en­ter­tain­ment to honor Spe­cial Olympics ath­letes.

All pro­ceeds from the race ben­e­fit Spe­cial Olympics Florida - Broward County, and pro­vide funds for its mis­sion of pro­vid­ing year-round sports train­ings and ath­letic com­pe­ti­tions in a va­ri­ety of Olympic-type sports for chil­dren and adults with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties. The pro­gram gives par­tic­i­pants an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop phys­i­cal fit­ness, demon­strate courage, ex­pe­ri­ence joy and par­tic­i­pate in a shar­ing of gifts, skills and friend­ship with their fam­i­lies, other Spe­cial Olympics ath­letes and the com­mu­nity. The race is the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s largest com­mu­nity event of the year, and pro­vides the ma­jor­ity of fund­ing needed to op­er­ate the pro­gram.

“Sal­larulo’s Race for Cham­pi­ons” was founded on the be­lief that ev­ery­one de­serves a chance to live a ful­fill­ing life. The race not only raises funds for Spe­cial Olympics, but it also raises aware­ness by pro­mot­ing in­clu­sion and ac­cep­tance. More than 2,000 com­mu­nity mem­bers, with and with­out dis­abil­i­ties, will run along­side each other as equals, and then cel­e­brate their ac­com­plish­ments at the “Car­ni­val of Cham­pi­ons.”

The event is made pos­si­ble through the fol­low­ing spon­sors: Broward Health, MetLife, Lawlor/Zigler, Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity, A.J. Nas­sar & Michelle Peso­nen, AutoNation, Fiora Fi­nan­cial Group, Health­care Per­for­mance Anesco, I. Lor­raine Thomas, Me­mo­rial Health­care Sys­tem, Scott Storick/John Han­cock and The Tower Club.

Other busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups and in­di­vid­u­als have se­lected to sup­port the event by form­ing teams to par­tic­i­pate in the race. The race will also honor the mem­o­ries of Ann Amorello, Tommy Galeazzi, Mary Gill, War­ren Meretsky and Christo­pher “Bubba” Walker.

The funds would en­sure Spe­cial Olympics Florida Broward County keeps pace with South Florida’s grow­ing spe­cial needs pop­u­la­tion. In Broward County, the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau es­ti­mates there are be­tween 44,162 and 52,994 res­i­dents with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties. Spe­cial Olympics has a goal to reach as many in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies as pos­si­ble. Through sports train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion, ath­letes de­velop phys­i­cally, so­cially and psy­cho­log­i­cally.

Com­mem­o­ra­tive race T-shirts will be given to all par­tic­i­pants who raise or pledge $100 or more. In ad­di­tion, all reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a free gift bag and en­joy the “Car­ni­val of Cham­pi­ons” that will last un­til 1 p.m.

This event gives Spe­cial Olympics the abil­ity to cre­ate a bet­ter world by fos­ter­ing the ac­cep­tance and in­clu­sion of all peo­ple through the power of sports.

Par­tic­i­pants may reg­is­ter online at www. sal­laru­los­race­for­cham­pi­ons.org.

For in­for­ma­tion on how to sign up, con­tact Linda Mills at 954-262-2150 or lmills@ spe­cialolympics­broward.org.

Pho­tos by Kara Starzyk

Dr. Robert Oller, left, Lee Schaff and Ron­nie Oller

Robert Irvine, left, Char­lotte Mather-Tay­lor, I. Lor­raine Thomas, Linda Mills, Ryan Irvine, Lee Schaff, Paul Sal­larulo, Jen­nifer Joy Brill, Michelle Peso­nen, Mar­ian DeLoach, Ron­nie Oller and Dr. Robert Oller

Mar­ian DeLoach, left, Ryan Irvine and I. Lor­raine Thomas

Ryan Irvine, left, Robert Irvine and Lee Schaff

Char­lotte Mather-Tay­lor, left, Jen­nifer Joy Brill and Michelle Peso­nen

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