Special Olympics Florida | Broward 5K Race for Champions
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All it takes is a little heart and "sole" and you can be a champion. Recruit your friends, family, and co-workers, and together you can walk or run to join a powerful new generation that celebrates all abilities.
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If you’re not quite ready to lace up your sneakers, you can still be a champion. Contributions from people like you support thousands of athletes in Broward County. Donations pay for programs that foster sportsmanship, confidence and courage in children and adults with intellectual disabilities. When you make a donation, you can change a life.Donate Now
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Nova Southeastern University
Calling on participants of all ages and abilities to be a HERO. This year, we will celebrate our 16th Sallarulo’s Race for Champions.
Special Olympics spreads compassion and acceptance in a way that can unite the world. Our goal is to awaken everyone — and every community — to each person’s common humanity.
Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.
Special Olympics athlete oath
History and Founder
Sallarulo’s Race for Champions is an inclusive 5K run/walk that typically takes place each year on the campus of Nova Southeastern University. The Race was founded by Paul Sallarulo whose relationship with Special Olympics began more than 45 years ago as a volunteer in high school. It deepened when Paul’s son, Patrick, began participating as an athlete at age 8. Patrick is now 28 years old, and for more than two decades has trained and competed in swimming, bocce ball, bowling and skiing. He has traveled throughout Florida and the U.S., building lifelong friendships and memories.
Patrick and his sister Samantha serve each year as Race for Champions team captains.
Paul became involved in fundraising when, to celebrate his 50th birthday, he participated in a half-marathon and raised more than $130,000. His success inspired him to launch Sallarulo’s Race for Champions to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes – like Patrick – in Broward County. Each year the event grows in size, visibility and fundraising capacity thanks to Paul’s leadership and connection to the community.
Paul’s support of Broward County athletes extends far beyond this event. Over the course of his relationship with Special Olympics Florida, Paul has volunteered countless hours to our mission, raised awareness of what we do, and inspired cash and in-kind donations of more than $7 million!