Funds Raised Benefit Athletes With Disabilities
The 2012 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon continued its successful run by donating a portion of its proceeds to a local program that encourages sports and recreation among people with disabilities.
On Thursday, July 26, marathon officials presented $4,888 to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center's Innovative Recreation Cooperative (IRC). The check presentation took place at the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center located at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.
"We are grateful to be a recipient of proceeds from the marathon,” said Al Kaye, Patricia Neal rehabilitation therapist and IRC program coordinator. “Philanthropic support plays an increasingly important role in our ability to provide both unique opportunities for our patients and excellence in innovative recreation health in our community."
The IRC encourages people with disabilities to pursue leisure and sports activities including handcycling, which is one of the races included in the marathon. The 2011 marathon raised more than $5,000 on behalf of the Patricia Neal Center's IRC.
As a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon proceeds also benefit KTC running and fitness programs for adults and youth. Covenant Health has been the presenting sponsor of the marathon since the inaugural event in 2005. It has become the largest competitive road race in Tennessee. For more information, visit www.knoxvillemarathon.com
Officials and staff of the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center accept a check for $4,888 donated from proceeds of the 2012 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. The monies will benefit the center’s Innovative Recreation Cooperative, which encourages sports and recreation among people with disabilities. The check was presented at the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center located at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.
Front row, from left to right: Al Kaye, Patricia Neal IRC program coordinator; Jason Altman, Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon executive director; Chris Harper, Knoxville Track Club board president; Leslie Irwin, Patricia Neal vice president and administrator; and Jeff Elliott, Covenant Health vice president of philanthropy.