Calendar of Events
Date(s) - 04/29/2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
North Collier Regional Park
Naples-based nonprofit Character and Thought Foundation is once again bringing Loretta Claiborne, the most decorated Special Olympics athlete in history, to Southwest Florida.
A world-renowned runner and inspirational speaker, Ms. Claiborne was born in York, Pa., in 1953 with physical and intellectual special needs. A social worker recognized her talent and introduced her to Special Olympics in 1971. In addition to participating in many Special Olympics events over a period of many years, in 1981 Ms. Claiborne became the first Special Olympics athlete to qualify, train for, and run in the Boston MarathonShe placed among the top 100 women that year and again in 1982. Since then she has finished more than 25 marathons, including the Pittsburgh Marathon in 1988, where she finished among the top 25 female runners.
In 1996, Claiborne was awarded the ESPN ESPY Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. Her life story has been shared in the Walt Disney Productions movie “The Loretta Claiborne Story” and in the WorldScapes biography “In Her Stride.” During her visit to Southwest Florida, she will share her positive message with students, local Special Olympics athletes, and the general public.
This event is owned and managed by Character & Thought Foundation, Inc; a portion of the funds raised at this event will benefit Special Olympics Florida – Collier County.