2,000 participants across the U.S. are taking 10,000 steps a day from September 3-30 in support of UCP.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is pleased to announce the launch of the third annual STEPtember fundraising event today, formerly known as the World CP Challenge. STEPtember is an international health and fitness event that aims to raise awareness and support for individuals with disabilities and their families.
From September 3-30, STEPtember participants will get active while supporting a great cause. Throughout the event, more than 5,000 teams worldwide will challenge themselves to take 10,000 steps a day. Each of the steps—or bike rides, yoga classes, or physical therapy sessions, as nearly any activity can be counted—will propel the teams up virtual mountains and track their progress. Teams can compare their fundraising and step activity against others from around the world, racing each other up the seven tallest mountains and spurring their efforts to new heights. Together, the teams will help to raise critical support for the nearly 180,000 individuals with disabilities that UCP serves each and every day.
Already, more than $115,000 has been raised in the U.S., and well over $1 million internationally through thousands of participants.
“UCP is very excited to kick off this year’s STEPtember event! This month promises to be an incredible, worldwide effort to raise awareness and support for people with disabilities. Steptember is such a great way for anyone, regardless of ability, to get active and truly impact our organization in the process,” said Stephen Bennett, President and CEO of UCP.
“Our family is personally affected by disability and we know first-hand what perseverance can accomplish. Joining in the STEPtember campaign, like a of Team Hoyt, a father-son racing duo who have volunteered to be UCP’s STEPtember ambassadors this year.
Here’s how to get involved in the STEPtember Challenge:
1) Learn More – Check out the FAQ section on the STEPtember website, learn more about the communities that UCP serves, and understand how to get started!
2) Register Today – It’s not too late to get involved! Register today at www.steptember.us and we’ll connect you with a local affiliate that can provide an event packet and information to jumpstart your involvement.
3) Donate Now – Even if you don’t want to take the challenge and register, support the cause by donating to the UCP National team. We’re aiming to raise $10,000. Every dollar donated will provide critical funds to sustain community programming, and purchase much needed equipment for individuals with disabilities and their families.
Steptember will culminate on October 1st with World Cerebral Palsy Day, a global innovation project to change the world for people with cerebral palsy.