Schott Communities to Host 2017 Run, Walk & Roll

Many will never truly know what it is like to live with a disability. On October 21, the community will have an opportunity to help support those who struggle with one on a daily basis by participating in the Schott Communities’ 2017 “Run, Walk & Roll.”  The proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to help continue Schott Communities’ mission – to create an environment of dignity and care where persons with physical and/or mental challenges are encouraged to grow in self-acceptance and independence.

All proceeds will benefit the organization’s mission “Schott Communities, founded with the belief that every person has the right to be treated with dignity and care, is dedicated to providing life-enriching programs, services and residences to meet the multiple needs of persons who are deaf or disabled.”

More than 800 people are expected to participate in the timed 5K Run or the 1-mile Walk & Roll. The event will start on the campus of the Schott Communities, in Cooper City, and wind through Southwest Ranches on a USTAF certified course. Participants can visit with vendors and enjoy a complimentary breakfast.

Dave Shula, Andrew Almeida and Diego Zorrilla will co-chair the event. Shula is president of Shula’s Steakhouses, a former coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, and an avid runner. Almeida is a young man who, though born with Cerebral Palsy, defied his doctor’s predictions that he would never walk or speak. Zorrilla, born with Spinal Bifida, has become a member of a wheelchair league.

“We are so excited to continue to see this event grow with more sponsors and participants,” said Shula. “Some of these runners are dedicated athletes who take part in similar events throughout South Florida. At this event, they have a chance to meet some of the extraordinary individuals who benefit from Schott’s many programs. They are glad to support such a worthwhile cause and help to make a difference in their lives.”

Race day registration begins at 5:45am. The pre-registration fee is $25 and race day registration is $30. There is a hot breakfast which is complimentary for event registrants and $5 for guests.

Schott Communities is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to address the needs of persons who are physically or intellectually challenged. Each year, over 500 adults with special needs pass through its doors for help. Some of Schott’s programs and services include: Art from the Heart: An Art Therapy Program, a Daily Adult Day Program, Crafts Classes, Counseling Services, Family Support Groups, Religious Education, and Sacramental Preparation. It also offers a Saturday program.

Schott Communities is located at 6591 South Flamingo Road, in Cooper City. For information, call 954-434-3306 or visit To register online, visit Pre-registration information is also available at Runner’s Depot (954-474-4074) and Running Wild (954-565-9400). Pre-registration closes on October 14, at noon, at all locations.