Today, Joe (& Co.) took to the streets of San Antonio for a 5k run with a few friends…well, likely in the hundreds (thousands?)…for his Joe Jonas iWin Fun Run* , a fund-and-awareness-raising event intended to benefit the Special Olympics organization, which is Joe’s current championed cause under their Change for the Children Foundation initiatives. (*You can donate to the org at that link!)
Every time the Jonases make that extra effort to give back – whether it be on a local/global/fanbase level, loudly or quietly, formally or informally – it really is such a win for all involved – including us, as fans. I’m sure they deeply enjoy the difference they are able to make, and we fans get to feel that surge of fanpride and inspiration that hooked us on these guys in the first place.
Videos and fan reminiscences, after the jump!
When I read the first announcement about the Fun Run, I was immediately reminded of a YouTube video I saw a very long time ago, during the Marvelous Party tour, back when they used to call various audience members on stage to rock the tambourine during a song (was it “Still in Love With You”? I wish I could remember…). Sweet little girls took the stage, a grandma who reassured them she needed no earplugs because she couldn’t hear that well to begin with. But one occasion really stood out to me…a young guy with Down Syndrome was the guest that day, and he stood next to Joe and had a blast keeping time alongside him on the tiny open-air stage, to the thrill of the crowd. When the song wound down, Joe hit the final beat and opened his arms for a hug but the boy was still wound up and kept going, dancing and playing, for a few long moments. Joe seemed tickled by this upstaging, and cheered the boy on, and when he was ready, they gave each other a huge bear hug full of genuine warmth. It was sweet, and more strikingly it was a clearly heartfelt moment between the two…and that was a watershed Joe/Jonas Brothers moment for me. I wish I knew where to find that video, it would have been a great flashback for this post. But alas – I came up emptyhanded when I looked for it…it’s been a while since I thought of it.
In any case, it is a good memory, but it makes me even happier to see Joe continuing to use his unique enthusiasm and easy, open manner to bring awareness to an important organization and cause. That’s great leadership, and I hope Jonas fans truly take it to heart and appreciate the behavior (more important than the tank top) he is modeling.
Be sure to check out a whole slideshow of the run! If they ever do another, closer to us, we will be sure to go out and support.
Here’s Joe inviting everyone to come out and run with him prior to the event…
…and his quick appearance on Good Morning America this morning, talking about the event and patiently enduring a few oddball comments lobbed from the always colorful GMA team. 😉