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Join us for our second annual 5k, 1 mile walk, and dash for Down syndrome!

We, the people of the Down syndrome community, are challenging YOU to move for acceptance! The GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge is an event hosted by the Down syndrome community with the goal of creating universal acceptance of all people. Whether you're setting a goal to run your first 5k or want to do something fun and active with your whole family, come out and help us shift awareness to acceptance! We will have our 5k race on the towpath trail, followed by our 1-mile family-friendly walk and kids dash for Down syndrome inside the Akron Rubber Ducks stadium!

Saturday, May 20th
Canal Park in Akron | 300 S. Main St, Akron, OH 44308
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration: 
$35 per person for adults ages 16+, including event t-shirt and medal for runners
$15 per person for anyone under 16, including event t-shirt and medals for runners
Individuals with Down syndrome are FREE

The challenge:  
For you, your friends and family to move together in showing your support and acceptance for the differences we all share!

Mission: 
To bring awareness and acceptance to every community that houses a GiGi’s Playhouse and beyond. We aim to project GiGi’s Playhouse's mission of creating global acceptance for all the masses through a fun-filled fitness event for the whole community.

Help us surpass our numbers from last year! In 2022, we had: 
-241 people pledge
-19 teams pledge
- Raised over $25,00 to support FREE educational and therapeutic programming at GiGi's Playhouse Canton

All National Sponsors receive the following benefits

  • Recognized as a National Sponsor on the main event webpage (3.5 million) and direct email blasts (200,000+)
  • Recognition as #GenerationG - Certified organization in GiGi’s Playhouse Corporate Disability DEI Initiative
  • Link on all national emails pre- and post-event
  • Recognition on all media advisories/releases and promotional efforts across 60 locations.

Visionary Sponsor

$250,000

  • Exclusive global naming rights and logo placement for 60+
    in-person and 70+ virtual events
  • Exclusive one-year naming rights for GiGiFit Program in all GiGi’s Playhouses Nationwide
  • Exclusive recognition and tickets to GiGi’s signature public events: our annual Gala and golf outing
  • VIP Speaking Opportunity available at all 60+ in-person events
  • VIP meet-and-greet events with ambassadors and advocates
  • Spotlight social media posts on GiGi’s accounts throughout the year
  • Professionally produced promo video (up to 3 minutes in length) of your brand to be used on all event media platforms including social media
  • First opportunity for renewal of presenting sponsor

Gold Medal Sponsor

$100,000

  • VIP logo placement for 60+ in-person and 70+ virtual events
  • VIP Speaking Opportunity available at all 60+ in-person events
  • VIP meet-and-greet events with ambassadors and advocates
  • VIP recognition and tickets to GiGi’s signature public events: our annual Gala and golf outing
  • Spotlight social media posts on GiGi’s accounts throughout the year
  • Professionally-produced promo video (up to 3 minutes in length) of your brand to be used on all event media platforms including social media (sponsor must provide base content)

Silver Medal Sponsor

$50,000

  • Top-level Logo placement for 60+ in-person and 70+ virtual events
  • Recognition and tickets to GiGi’s signature annual Gala
  • Professionally-produced promo video (up to 2 minutes in length) of your brand to be used on all event media platforms including social media (sponsor must provide base content)
  • Three spotlight recognitions on GiGi’s national social media

Bronze Medal Sponsor

$25,000

  • Professionally-produced promo video (up to 1 minute in length) of your brand to be used on all event media platforms including social media (sponsor must provide base content)
  • Two exclusive recognitions on GiGi’s national social media
  • Logo included in day-of events (60+ in person, 70+ virtual)

Champion Medal Sponsor

$10,000

  • Professionally-produced promo video (up to 30 seconds in length) of your brand to be used on all event media platforms including social media (sponsor must provide base content)
  • One recognition on GiGi’s national social media
  • Logo included in day-of in-person events

Local Sponsor levels: 

All Local Sponsors receive the following benefits:  

  • Logo on sponsor sign at local event  
  • Logo on playhouse website 

Racer Sponsor (x1)

$5,000

  • Custom Sign designed and displayed at sponsored event
  • Logo on Event Signage
  • Logo Inclusion in local Media Print Advertisements promoting the event
  • Listing in local Press Releases
  • Logo on Event Publicity (Posters, E-blasts, etc.)
  • Logo Included in 5 Social Media posts Inclusion in Announcements at event
  • Exhibitor location at local event
  • Logo on event T-Shirt

Sprinter Sponsor (x1)

$2,500

  • Custom Yard Sign designed and displayed at sponsored event
  • Logo Inclusion in local Media Print Advertisements promoting the event
  • Listing in local Press Releases
  • Logo on Event Publicity (Posters, E-blasts, etc.)
  • Logo Included in 3 Social Media posts
  • Inclusion in Announcements at event
  • Exhibitor location at local event
  • Logo on event T-Shirt

Jogger Sponsor (x3)

$1,000

  • Logo Inclusion in local Media Print Advertisements promoting the event
  • Listing in local Press Releases
  • Logo on Event Publicity (Posters, E-blasts, etc.)
  • Logo Included in 1 Social Media post Inclusion in Announcements at event

Walker Sponsor

$500

  • Name Inclusion in local Media Print Advertisements
  • Name on Event Publicity (Posters, E-blasts, etc.)

Local Sponsor levels: 

All Local Sponsors receive the following benefits:  

  • Logo on sponsor sign at local event  
  • Logo on playhouse website