Annual SUP Poker Run Benefiting
Special Olympics Florida – Collier County
This event is held in early June of each year. T
To see ongoing updates for this event, go to the SUP Poker Run Benefiting Special Olympics Florida – Collier County Facebook page.
This event is organized by a group of coaches, parents, and Special Olympics athletes to benefit Special Olympics Florida – Collier County’s standup paddle team. The event begins and ends at Capri Fish House (203 Capri Blvd, Naples, 34113). Registration/check-in starts at 9:00 AM. The entry fee includes an event shirt, a goody bag full of useful items for paddlers, and a buffet lunch.
Sponsorships are available at various levels. Individual and corporate donations of any amount are also welcome.
On the day of the Poker Run, you will register and then collect the first card of your poker hand at Capri Fish House. At each of three additional locations, you’ll collect another card, and then collect your last card when you return to Capri Fish House. Even though standup paddle is the focus of the event, you are welcome to go from one location to another in any way you like, by water or on land. You can even collect all of your cards at Capri Fish House instead of going to all the locations!
Prizes are awarded at the end of the day for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best hands, as well as for the worst hand.
Special Olympics Florida – Collier County was a pioneer in introducing standup paddle to athletes with special needs, and two of the inaugural coaches for the team, MJ Weibling and Stephanie Dangler, helped lead the effort to have standup paddle adopted as an official Special Olympics Florida sport. In Collier, the sport has grown tremendously since a few coaches and athletes began the program in 2010. This year’s team includes more than 30 athletes and unified partners and more than a dozen volunteer coaches.
All funds raised from the SUP Poker Run are used to purchase needed equipment for the team and to pay for travel expenses when the team participates in regional and state level competitions. Proceeds from past years, in conjunction with funds received from the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, have allowed the team to purchase paddleboards, paddles, safety equipment, and a trailer for transporting the equipment.
For more information about the SUP Poker Run, email SUPPokerRun@specialolympicscollier.org, or call us at (239) 450-1304.