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Nova Southeastern University to Host Annual Sallarulo’s Race for Champions on November 3

Sponsors and Runners Can Register for Annual Special Olympics Florida – Broward County 5K Race


FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – Calling all runners, walkers and guests who just want to enjoy the festivities! The highly anticipated Sallarulo’s Race for Champions 5K Run/Walk and Carnival of Champions is set for Saturday, November 3. Hosted by Special Olympics Florida – Broward County, its largest event of the year will take place starting at 8 a.m. on Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus.

All proceeds from the race will provide needed funds for Special Olympics Florida – Broward County to support its mission of providing year-round trainings and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This gives participants continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympics strives to reach as many of these individuals and their families as possible. Through sports training and competition, athletes develop physically, socially and psychologically. The organization currently serves more than 6,000 athletes in 23 sports on a year- round basis. This event gives Special Olympics the ability to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people through the power of sports.  2015-Sallarulo-Logo-236x300-236x300

To become a runner, walker, virtual runner, form a team or become a sponsor for the 2018 Sallarulo’s Race for Champions, visit:  To learn more about how to donate directly to Special Olympics Florida – Broward County, visit

NSU is the only private university in the country with a local Special Olympics chapter on its campus, now being housed permanently in the Noël P. Brown Sports Center.  This partnership was made possible by the late Don Taft, who was committed to supporting special-needs children and young adults.

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 12 years, the event has raised more than $2.475 million to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics.


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About Special Olympics Florida – Broward County

Special Olympics Florida – Broward Country is a chapter of Special Olympics Florida, a charitable organization, which provides year-round training and athletic competitions to children and adults eight years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Special Olympics – Broward County currently offers 23 different sports and provides services for more than 6,000 athletes and unified partners in the area. The program is run with the help of thousands of community volunteers and financial contributions. Special Olympics aims to help individuals with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.

About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities and is a dynamic, private research university providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. Established in 1964, NSU now includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, which is Florida’s largest public library. NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, please visit


September 19, 2018

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