Success for Kids inaugural 5k “Run for Success” empowering children one step at a time

Success for Kids brought a record turnout for their inaugural Run for Success event

SFK – Success for Kids recently held its Inaugural 5K “ Run for Success” in Aventura to raise money in support of the organization’s research-based character education programs taught within South Florida’s public schools.

The event which was attended by more than 350 runners, walkers, volunteers and onlookers, was the organization’s closeout event for 2010 raising more than $160,000. With support from Grammy Award winning artist Jon Secada, The Miami Heat Dancers, Burnie the Mascot and a handful of sponsors – Glantz Law,, Muscle Milk, Magic City Casino, SmartWater, Powerade, Bagelmania – all in attendance enjoyed the breathtaking course, incredible weather and left inspired by the organization’s programs ability to empower children to transform fear into resiliency, hopelessness into a sense of purpose, and challenges into opportunities – no matter what circumstances they may face.

“It’s so exciting to see so many people come out to support the South Florida students that Success for Kids serves,” said Yossef Sagi, executive director, SFKSouth Florida. “It is because of their support that we are able to provide programs that have helped children to overcome bullying activity, improve academic performance and classroom behavior. Not to mention helping them to realize that they have a purpose in life and can add value to the lives of others.”

5K “Run for Success” Results: Miguel Tellez, 39, won the top overall male position finishing the race in 16 minutes and 44 seconds. Akeeba Rose, 16, won the top overall female position with a finish time of 21 minutes and 4 seconds. Run for Success’ youngest, to win for her age category, ages 1 – 8, was 8-year-old Amaya rose who finished in 25 minutes and 47 seconds. Eighty-one year old Alberto Cortes finished the race in 33 minutes and 10 seconds as the most senior participant.

Gloria Montecino won a limited edition 2010 SmartCar manufactured by Mercedes-Benz that was raffled off at the end of the race.

Success for Kids, Inc. (SFK), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering at-risk children and youth to become resilient, productive citizens by delivering innovative research-based programs that enhance four personal strengths (interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, problem solving skills and self-sufficiency) and give students a greater sense of purpose in their lives.

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