DePaul Hoopsters Walk to Benefit the Elderly

Sunday, June 8th, members of the DePaul men's basketball team, led by Matija Posic and Kene Obi, will be walking alongside Chicago's elders in one of the only events along the lakefront where the majority of participants are 70 years of age and older.

Second Annual Walk in the Park Steps Off June 8 in Lincoln Park

More than 40 elders, age 70 and older, to lead walkers in the event benefitting Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly

WHAT: Join Chicago's elders in Lincoln Park for the second annual Walk in the Park, a 3.5-mile walk and picnic to raise awareness for Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, Chicago Chapter.

Highlights and photo opportunities from the event will include:

- Members of the DePaul men's basketball team, lead by 7'2" Kene Obi and 6'10" Matija Posic, walking alongside Chicago's elders;

- LBFE volunteer and "fitness champ" Willie Mae Brown, 82, leading participants in warm-up aerobic exercises prior to the walk;

- Longtime LBFE volunteer Rosa Ortiz, whose elderly parents from Mexico City are visiting Chicago with extended family members specifically to join her after participating in last year's inaugural walk; and

- An intergenerational area with face painting and origami book making from the Chicago Children's Museum.

Emceeing the event – and celebrating his birthday that day – will be stand-up comedian and author Aaron Freeman, who is a regular commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and frequent performer at Second City Theater.

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly is a Chicago-based organization committed to relieving loneliness and isolation among the city's elderly, many of whom have no other family members.

WHEN: Sunday, June 8, 2008

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; Walk in the Park steps off at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Lincoln Park (corner of Stockton and LaSalle Drives), Chicago

COST: Registration is free, donations are accepted.


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