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