‘Run, Walk & Roll’ for adults with special needs
The Schott Communities’ 2013 “Run, Walk & Roll” will once again wind through the community of Southwest Ranches on Oct. 19 beginning on the center’s campus.
Dave Shula and Andrew Almeida are returning as co-chairmen for the event, which takes place on a USTAF certified course. Entrants can choose to participate in the timed 5K run or the 1-mile walk or roll.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to continue Schott Communities’ mission, which is to create an environment of respect and care where persons who are deaf, blind or disabled are encouraged and challenged to grow in self-acceptance and independence. The center offers services, programs and residences for individuals who are physically and/or intellectually challenged. Every month, more than 1,000 special needs adults look to the center for a more dignified lifestyle.
Shula, president of Shula’s Steak House, is a former coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and an avid runner. Almeida is a young man who, though born with Cerebral Palsy, defied his doctor’s predictions that he would never walk or speak. The men work to inspire and instill determination, passion and achievement in the community.
“We are so excited to continue to see this event grow with more sponsors and participants. Some of these runners are dedicated athletes who take part in similar events throughout South Florida,” said Shula. “At this particular event, they have a chance to meet some of the extraordinary individuals who benefit from Schott’s many programs and services. They are glad to support such a worthwhile cause and help to make a difference in their lives.”
This year’s “Run, Walk & Roll” is expected to bring together more than 800 participants. Individuals who have taken part in this event before have felt a sense of purpose running for those who are unable to physically run themselves. Participants will enjoy raffles, visiting vendor booths and a complimentary breakfast in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Schott Communities is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1986. Over the years, its programs and services have expanded, and its work in South Florida has reached increasing numbers of disabled adults, their families and support persons. Programs and services include: Art from the Heart: an art therapy program; a daily adult day program; crafts classes; counseling services and family support groups; and religious education and sacramental preparation.
Sponsors include: Duty Free Americas; Schott Memorial Foundation; Shula’s Steak House; Target; Law Office of Lawrence Levy; Aon Risk Services Inc. of Florida; Sprezzatura Insurance Group; Boyd Watterson Asset Management; Publix Super Markets Charities; Memorial Healthcare System; Haute Kids; and Sr. Therese M. Roberts.
For more information, contact 954-434-3306 or visit www.schottcommunities.org.