‘Run, Walk & Roll’ for adults with spe­cial needs

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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.

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