Extra Special People, Inc.

2019 Big Hearts Contestant Registration

2019 Big Hearts Contestant Registration

Registration is currently closed.



As a contestant at Big Hearts, your child will have a key role in providing the ‘ah-ha’ moment for our community members; the moment when they understand the term ‘individuals of all abilities’! Big Hearts is so much more than a fundraising event; it’s also about advocacy and inclusion. It helps us create a more open and understanding community for all.

Contestants will each have a celebrity escort for entering and exiting the stage and their own walkout song. Each contestant will have a moment on stage to show off their abilities. How you and your child want that moment to go or to look  is up to you.

Contestants are expected to:

  • Practice at home at least once a day. Repetition is key. Repetition helps to build your child’s comfortability which helps their boost their confidence on stage. 
    • It also helps ESP avoid those awkward moments when a participant in Big Hearts wants to change what they are doing right before walking out on the classic center stage
  • Attend all scheduled practices.

    • We both (you and ESP) want to see your child shine on stage, and we achieve that through group practices. Group practices not only prepare your child to be on stage, they also help cultivate that relationship between your child and their buddy.

    • Please note: ESP cannot guarantee that we, as a partner, did everything we could to set your child up to succeed if your child doesn’t attend practices.

Parents of Contestants are expected to:

  • Complete this registration and the next 2 steps to secure your child’s spot for Big Hearts

  • Attend the mandatory Big Hearts Parent meeting Nov. 5th, 5pm, at the ESP building in Watkinsville.

  • Secure a tuxedo or pageant style gown. (Resources and business will be sent out after registration is complete)

  • Submit Four headshots of your child (with no one else in the frame) by December 31st

  • Create a People’s Choice page

  • Submit a 3-4 sentence Bio of your child using the correct format. (approximately 75 words)


    • Ticket Reminder: We want you and your family to enjoy the performance your participant has spent months preparing for. Tickets for Big Hearts will go on sale Friday, November 9. Please plan to purchase your tickets early! ESP WILL NOT HAVE ANY RESERVED TICKETS FOR FAMILIES. Additionally, if you will not be able to use all of your purchased tickets, please try to fill those seats as soon as possible. We want our Big Hearts performers to look out on a FULL audience.

Mandatory Practices Dates: 
Being a part of the Big Hearts Pageant requires commitment to several mandatory practices prior to the event. Please see all practice dates below:

  • Big Hearts Boot Camp Week #1: Jan. 7th-11th from 4-7pm
  • Big Hearts Bootcamp Week #2: Feb. 4th-7th from 4-7pm

People's Choice:
This is your direct opportunity to engage your community in fundraising for ESP. Each Big Hearts participant must create a People's Choice page. We strongly encouraged families to fundraise but it is not required.