Be a part of the amazing journey of more than 800 local Special Olympics athletes by participating as a runner, walker, or “virtual runner” in the sixth annual Sallarulo’s Race for Champions 5K Run/Walk. The race will take place on May 1 at NSU.
The event benefits Special Olympics Broward County (SOBC), which provides FREE athletic programs to enrich the lives and improve the confidence of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through sports training and competition, Special Olympics athletes develop physically, socially, and psychologically.
The race begins at 7:30 a.m. with check-in starting at 6:15 a.m. in the Miniaci Courtyard. Local Special Olympics athletes will be on hand to participate in the race, cheer on runners, and present medals. An awards ceremony starting at 8:30 a.m. will follow the race.
Join the NSU team by clicking here.
In Memory of a Champion of the Special Olympics Cause
The 2011 race is also being held in memory of Don Taft, who was a great friend, philanthropist, business leader, amazing supporter of the community, and namesake of NSU’s Don Taft University Center.
He had a special interest in athletes and in youngsters with special needs, and found a way to combine the two by helping SOBC find a new, permanent home at NSU. It was through this relationship that in 2009, the Don Taft Foundation made a generous gift to NSU and the 366,000 square-foot Don Taft University Center was named in his honor.
Now NSU is the only private college in the nation to have a Special Olympics chapter located on its campus.
Race for Champions Progress and Goals
Sallarulo’s Race for Champions 5K Run/Walk was created by Paul Sallarulo, a member of the NSU Board of Trustees, to raise money for Special Olympics Broward County. In the past five years, the event has raised more than $2.475 million to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics.
This year, organizers are hoping to raise an additional $700,000. These funds ensure that SOBC can continue to provide FREE athletic programs to the more than 800 local participating athletes.
For more information, please call 954-262-2150 or to sign up for the race please visit http://www.firstgiving.com/raceforchampions.