Parkland Buddy Sports
Sophia Briggs, 14, was the overall female winner for the one-mile race. Courtesy Parkland Buddy Sports

By Jill Fox

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Parkland Buddy Sports held their first-ever virtual 5k/1m run/walk challenge, designed not only as a fundraiser but also as an activity to get everyone, even pets, up and moving.

The first annual Virtual Turkey Trot made a global impact with 365 participants in seven states and five countries — along with 81 dogs.

More than $10,000 was raised and will enable more children and young adults with special needs to participate in Parkland Buddy Sports programs at no cost.

Since 2002, the nationally recognized nonprofit organization organizes sports programs and events for children with special needs, starting at age 4, and volunteering opportunities for students living in South Florida.

In this challenging environment, Vice Mayor Bob Mayersohn, who has been involved with the organization since its inception, said they are fortunate to be part of such a special community.

“We are so thankful for the generous support of our sponsors, donors, and participants who helped us exceed our expectations,” he said.

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Jill Fox
Jill Fox
Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.

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