People of all ages will be dressing up as their favorite fictional characters and marching on Miracle Field (near the Rome Braves Stadium) to raise awareness for children with special needs in a few weeks.
The Magical March-A-Thon, slated for Saturday, March 4th, 3-5 p.m., is a fundraiser for Floyd County’s Special Needs programs and is the brainchild of Model High School student Jessica Bryant for her senior project. There will be games, refreshments and contests for all participants. The march will take place on the concrete path circling the stadium.
Pre-registration is going on now, and registration includes a t-shirt. The deadline for pre-registration is Friday, February 24th. Cost for pre-registration is $15. Event-day registration is $20.
Bryant’s inspiration from the event comes from being personally invested in the special needs community and her love for working with kids.
“I want to be a pediatrician one day and special needs children are a big part of my life,” Bryant said. “I have friends with special needs and I want them to feel included and like they can do anything. That’s why we’re going with a favorite hero or magical character theme; to inspire them to be anything they want.”
Jessica added that she is planning to dress up as Queen Elsa for the Magical March-a-thon.
Tammy Bryant, Special Populations Coordinator for Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation is Jessica’s mentor for the project.
“I think it is awesome that a student chose to help special needs groups and give back to the community”,” she said, adding that people can come dressed as “princesses, characters, heroes, just something fun.”
The event is also in need of volunteers. If interested please email Jessica Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page.