Heros from across the region will gather on Saturday, May 15, at Greenway Park in Cleveland for CASA’s Superhero 5K Run/Walk.
The Superhero 5K Run/Walk is an opportunity to raise awareness about the need in the community for everyday heroes to swoop in and stand up for vulnerable children.
“At CASA of Bradley and Polk Counties, we believe superheroes are ordinary citizens going out of their way to help children in need of a voice,” said Executive Director Christopher Janetzko. “Our volunteer advocates lift up the voices of abused and neglected children, helping to ensure a brighter future for our community.”
Just prior to the 5K race beginning at 8 a.m., Megan Ownbey from Body by Hannah will lead in a warm-up. Right after the 5K race begins the 1-mile walk will start. Those interested in participating can register at casabp.org/5k
Superhero costumes are welcomed and encouraged for the 5K race or 1-mile walk. Awards will be given to the adult, youth, and dog that have the best hero costumes. Awards will also be given to the fastest runners of the 5K.
Sponsors of this event include Body by Hannah, Beaty Fabricating Inc., Pen Gulf Inc., Check into Cash, Premier Surgical Cleveland, Southern Heritage Bank, Ralph Buckner Funeral Home & Crematory, Eternity Fencing, McDonald's (Smith Family), Riverstone Wine, Spirits, and Brew, Edward Jones (Jake Brigham), Jerry Hoffer Attorney at Law P.C., Simpkins Group, Edward Jones (Curt Duncan), Richard Banks & Associates P.C., Insurance Incorporated, Honda Cleveland, Voytik Center for Orthopedic Care, and Tennessee Valley Bone and Joint.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Bradley and Polk Counties is a non-profit that works alongside community volunteers to make sure the voices of abused and neglected children are heard in court. CASA's volunteers are trained by CASA staff members and appointed by local judges to advocate for a child’s best interest. These volunteers help local judges develop a more complete picture of each child’s home situation in order to determine a safe and permanent placement for each child. CASA volunteers advocate for the voice of an otherwise voiceless child.
CASA is funded under grant contracts with the State of Tennessee, United Way of the Ocoee Region, and The National CASA/GAL Association.