Special Spectators Hosts a 5K Run/Walk to Support All-Access Experiences at Sporting Events for Seriously Ill Children -- Seeking Participants and Sponsors

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Special Spectators, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates all-access, game day sporting experiences for seriously ill children, is hosting a seasonal 5K Run/Walk, “Run for Humanity” on Saturday April 28, 2012 at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Special Spectators, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates all-access, game day sporting experiences for seriously ill children, is hosting a seasonal 5K Run/Walk, “Run for Humanity” on Saturday April 28, 2012 at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey.

The organization welcomes participants to register and interested companies to sponsor the event. All proceeds from this family event will be donated to Special Spectators to fund the memorable game day experiences created by the organization for seriously ill children and their families. Special Spectators hosts events for families at sporting events nationwide – mostly college football – taking them to games and offering special access moments with teams. And college football season is fast approaching.

By creating these magical sports experiences, Special Spectators has been serving seriously ill children and their families for over ten years – and always strives to do more for them. The organization is continually adding new schools, new athletic programs and even new sports. Nearly 45 FBS (formerly Division 1-A) programs have participated in Special Spectators including universities from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, MAC, Pac-10, SEC, Sun Belt and WAC conferences. The organization welcomes all community support.

To Register Today: http://www.active.com/running/piscataway-nj/run-for-humanity-2012 The event will take place at Johnson Park, Piscataway Township, NJ on April 28, 2012 (rain or shine) at 9am. For questions about the race, please contact: dothe5k(at)mentor.ieee(dot)org.

How to Sponsor the Run/Walk:
Local businesses/individuals can support Special Spectators in the form of sponsorships. Interested parties should respond as soon as possible, to ensure recognition in designated event marketing. All sponsors will be listed according to their sponsorship level on printed materials (subject to printing deadlines). In addition, sponsors will be recognized during event day activities. Packages range from $200 to $1,000 with a mix of logo, signage, race bag, website and award ceremony inclusion.

  • To sponsor the event, please contact Eric Tuppatsch at: e.tuppatsch(at)ieee(dot)org.
  • Companies or individuals may also donate services or products. Please contact Darryl Atienza about in-kind donations at 732-465-6667 or dothe5k(at)mentor.ieee(dot)org.
  • You may also donate to Special Spectators anytime by directly by clicking on the “donate” button on the following link: http://www.specialspectators.org/. All Donations are tax deductible.

About Special Spectators:
Special Spectators, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, creates magical days for seriously ill children and their families at sporting events across the United States. We pursue our mission, in partnership with our collegiate and professional partners, by providing tickets to games and designing robust days filled with special surprises and experiences in and around the stadium. Special Spectators is designed to create fun for the entire family and provide a pause from the difficulties they face battling a loved one’s illness. Since 2002, the charity has hosted about 6,300 patients, parents and siblings at roughly 200 games - mostly college football.

Special Spectators game day events provide the quintessential Saturday experience complete with tailgate parties, mascots, cheerleaders and marching bands. Special Spectators doesn't just TAKE kids to games, but makes them a PART of the games by providing special access to people and areas of the stadium that are not accessible to most fans. Our youngsters tour locker rooms, meet coaches and walk on the field during a time out for a stadium announcement that introduces the kids and asks the crowd to welcome the children to the game. This typically results in a standing ovation. We've had over 100,000 fans give a small group of seriously ill kids one of the loudest standing ovations you've ever heard.

“My son has suffered so and I have cried a million tears, but the joy that you gave these children with Special Spectators will take away some to those sad times. We lay at night talking about the roar the crowd made for those four little heroes who stood on that OU field. Brian’s eyes light up when he tells others about the limo ride and all the special things that happened that night. To those who made it happen, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the joy you brought to these kids who so deserve it.”                         - Elena Briscoe, Mother

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