Sallarulo's Race for Champions

Ayenza rocking a pair of Wenger Sport Glasses.Wenger is proud to sponsor Ayenza Matthews who competed in Sallarulo's Race for Champions 5K run. (Image: Ayenza rocking a pair of Wenger Sport Glasses).

The event was a benefit for the Special Olympics of Broward County in Florida, whose mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Special needs children have always been very close to Ayenza's heart, "I grew up around Down syndrome children" including several playmates.

Ayenza MatthewsDown syndrome hit even closer to home when her niece was born with the condition, in addition to multiple heart problems. "We spent a lot of time in the hospital a few months ago. She pulled through, and she was able to dance at her brother's wedding."

Ayenza ran the race to honor all of the children afflicted by the condition, who have been a part of her life, "I wore a plate with their names in my shirt!"

Read about Ayenza and her American Cancer Society team's success at the ING Miami Marathon.