Those people were participating in the CASA of Knox County “Be a Superhero for Kids Run/Walk.”
In previous years, Court Appointed Special Advocates has hosted an indoor walk at Sandburg Mall, but decided to replace that gathering with an outdoors event to increase visibility.
The nonprofit specializes in recruiting and training volunteers to represent the interest of children involved in abuse and neglect cases, locally.
CASA Executive Director and former WGIL employee Nicole Olin tells WGIL that dressing as a superhero has significance.
“To be a superhero for a kid, you’re coming out … and you’re taking a stand for these vulnerable children by showing support and helping us fundraise to train these volunteers that make a huge difference in these children’s lives,” says Olin.
Olin says many of those participating in the Run/Walk were new faces – which she hopes will increase volunteer services. Both the state’s attorney’s office and the 9th Judicial Circuit have called CASA an invaluable resource in the area.
28 volunteers are currently in CASA with five additional volunteers becoming active in the near future.