2nd Annual CASA Superhero Run races into Tulare County

Everyday heroes lace up their running shoes to help abused children in Visalia

@TheSunGazette

VISALIA – Few comic book Superheroes grew up in a typical family situation raised by their own parents – Superman was adopted, Spiderman was raised by his aunt and uncle, and Batman grew up with his butler, then later took in Robin to raise as his ward – yet they all went on to accomplish great things as adults.

CASA of Tulare County, a nonprofit organization that advocates for children in foster care who have experienced abuse or neglect, believes that all children deserve the chance to grow up happy and healthy and become “superhero” adults themselves.

CASA of Tulare County is hosting the 2nd Annual CASA Superhero Run on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia, CA. The annual CASA Superhero Run, a 5K and Kids 1K race, features masked and caped runners, a Superhero Costume Contest, community partner booths, and much more! Registration is now open online at runsignup.com/Race/CA/Visalia/SuperheroFunRun2018.

The Visalia Breakfast Lions Club will be on hand to prepare breakfast on the spot with their authentic chuckwagon – serving a full breakfast of pancakes, ham, eggs, juice, coffee, and milk for a suggested donation of $5 – with all proceeds benefitting CASA of Tulare County. The event also features a raffle, awards for top runners in each event, finisher medals for all participants, and most importantly, lots of Superhero-themed fun for a fantastic cause.

When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA.

CASA of Tulare County trains and supports volunteers to represent and advocate for a child’s best interest. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system.

Proceeds from the CASA Superhero Run help CASA of Tulare County recruit, train and support CASA volunteers and provide the professional staff and resources needed to advocate powerfully for the most vulnerable children in our community. Whether you are a competitive runner, a casual walker, or just love the idea of supporting a wonderful cause, participating in the CASA Superhero Run allows you to show your support for abused and neglected children right here in Tulare County. Every child needs a hero…abused children need Superheroes.

CASA of Tulare County is part of a national network of community-based, non-profit programs that recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers to “Speak Up for a Child” removed from home due to abuse or neglect. Visit www.casatulareco.org for more information.

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