- Special Event
Every child needs a hero, but abused children need superheroes!
The CASA sixth annual Superhero Run is a USATF-certified 5K and 1-mile fun run (and “Villain Chase!”) benefiting CASA of Tarrant County. Participants are encouraged to wear superhero costumes to symbolize the role CASA volunteers play in the lives of abused and neglected children. Activities include live entertainment, the Farrell Animal Hospital and Pet Resort in The Gardens’ Puppy Power Pavilion, TPG’s KaPow! Kids Zone, shopping and food, costume contests for attendees and their furry friends, a Camp Gladiator Superhero Training Camp and obstacle course, and special Superhero appearances!
Participants can run or walk in teams or as individuals. There is a minimum fee of $15 to $25 to register. Participants also are asked to solicit donations in support of their efforts. Last year, the event raised $50,000 to benefit the mission of CASA of Tarrant County.
CASA of Tarrant County pairs trained, court-appointed volunteer advocates with children and teens who have been taken into custody by Child Protective Services to serve as the child or teen’s “voice” as they move through the family court system. In many cases, a CASA volunteer is the only consistent adult figure present during a confusing and frightening time in the life of a child who has already experienced significant trauma.
Currently, CASA of Tarrant County has more than 400 active volunteers who come from all walks of life. Despite this impressive number, there are still about 400 kids who are left waiting for a CASA each year, because there aren’t enough volunteers to meet the demands of the child welfare system.
In 2018, the work of CASA volunteers impacted more than 600 Tarrant County families and more than 1,100 Tarrant County children.