Lace up for Little Hearts, Big Smiles


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Last year’s team captains (pictured) for the Little Heart Big Smiles Fun Day 5K will be joined by some new leaders for this year’s event set for Saturday, May 19. Shown, the returning captains comprise (clockwise from top left) Abby’s Army, Team Paxton and Irene, Brei’s Brigade, Team Braydyn, Andrew’s Army and Gracie’s Squad.

Last year’s team captains (pictured) for the Little Heart Big Smiles Fun Day 5K will be joined by some new leaders for this year’s event set for Saturday, May 19. Shown, the returning captains comprise (clockwise from top left) Abby’s Army, Team Paxton and Irene, Brei’s Brigade, Team Braydyn, Andrew’s Army and Gracie’s Squad.


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Profiles of each of the six new team captains will appear in the News Journal beginning Thursday.

WILMINGTON — Little Hearts Big Smiles has been helping families and special needs children in Clinton County since 2006.

Initially established as a support group for families seeking guidance, emotional support and networking opportunities, it has evolved into much more. You may be familiar with the handi-accesible playground on Fife Avenue and may have even attended an event or two.

For the past two years, the annual 5K has grown from a simple run/walk to a day filled with team captains, t-shirts and tons of smiles.

LHBS will also be hosting its annual Fun Day 5K on Saturday, May 19.

With such an overwhelming response of having delegated team captains last year, 2018 brings on six new faces in addition to the seven returning captains.

Those newest captains LHBS will be welcoming are Gracin, Brysen, Zach, Will, Sarah, and Kaylee.

This will be a walk or run event with prizes going to the top three finishers for both male and female. All of the teams will have a specialty shirt made for the 5K. Joining a team is not a requirement to participate.

Check-in begins at 8 a.m. on May 19 at 1400 Fife Ave. with the 5K starting at 10 a.m.

Registration is now open to sign up for the 5K for a fee of $25 which can be mailed in or paid online. Same-day sign-up for the event will be $30.

The event will also host Giggles Galore to provide face painting for the day.

All proceeds from this event will go to benefit Phase 4 of the Little Hearts Big Smiles Playground. Phase 4 includes the addition of handi-accesible restrooms for children and families.

To find out more about the 5K and for more information about Little Heart Smiles Big Smiles, visit www.littleheartsbigsmiles.org or find them on Facebook.

Last year’s team captains (pictured) for the Little Heart Big Smiles Fun Day 5K will be joined by some new leaders for this year’s event set for Saturday, May 19. Shown, the returning captains comprise (clockwise from top left) Abby’s Army, Team Paxton and Irene, Brei’s Brigade, Team Braydyn, Andrew’s Army and Gracie’s Squad.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/05/web1_LHBS-last-years-captains.jpgLast year’s team captains (pictured) for the Little Heart Big Smiles Fun Day 5K will be joined by some new leaders for this year’s event set for Saturday, May 19. Shown, the returning captains comprise (clockwise from top left) Abby’s Army, Team Paxton and Irene, Brei’s Brigade, Team Braydyn, Andrew’s Army and Gracie’s Squad. Courtesy photo

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Profiles of each of the six new team captains will appear in the News Journal beginning Thursday.