Greenville, SC (PRWEB) October 31, 2013
Now through November 6, Project HOPE Foundation will be accepting applications for four-person relay teams to participate in a relay race to raise funds to help children with autism. The HOPE Relay event is scheduled to take place Saturday, November 9, and will begin from the Kroc Center in Greenville.
Project HOPE Foundation is registering teams of up to four participants to run in one of two races, the HOPE 34 and the HOPE 14. The HOPE 34 is a 34-mile race broken into eight legs. Each team member will run two legs: the first course at 3.34 miles and the second course at 5 miles. The HOPE 14 is a 14-mile race divided into four legs of 3.34 miles that each participant will run or walk in sequence.
Funds from the HOPE Relay race, including funds generated through additional online fundraising, are being used to support Project HOPE Foundation, a local non-profit organization that has been assisting children suffering from autism spectrum disorders and their families since 1997. Autism now affects 1 in 50 school-aged children, presenting lifelong challenges in communication, social interaction, and other issues. More than 95 percent of these children can be helped with specialized therapy, such as those offered by the Project HOPE Foundation, and an amazing 48 percent become indistinguishable from their peers and go on to lead independent lives.
“We look at the HOPE Relay race as more than a fund-raising event; it’s a celebration of life,” said Mark Martin, coordinator of the HOPE Relay and Development Director for the Project HOPE Foundation. “We organize teams of friends to run together, working as a team, in support of those children isolated by autism, and the teamwork symbolizes the community effort it takes to work together to help families cope with autism. This should be a great day of fun for everyone and it will go a long way toward raising money for the Project HOPE Foundation.”
The presenting sponsor for this event is HKS Enterprises. Corporate sponsors include VIS, Carolina Holdings, Sandlapper Creative, Whole Foods Markets, PCG Education, Southern First Bank, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, and the Greenville Track Club.
About Project HOPE Foundation
The Project HOPE Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps those suffering from autism spectrum disorders. The Project HOPE Foundation has four primary programs: Hope Link, which has been serving as a resource to families with members suffering from autism; Hope Reach, which provides therapy focusing on language, behavioral, social, and cognitive skills to children with autism; Hope Academy, an inclusion-based school that has served more than 1,000 children; and Hope Alive, for young adults who need ongoing support in academics, life skills, and vocational opportunities.
For more information, please visit http://www.projecthopesc.org.