Challenged Athletes Foundation

Challenged Athletes Foundation

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Ironman 70.3 in Punta del Este, one of the most picturesque on the circuit
But our country as not support people with disabilities
We were honored to fit Lilly with her new running blades, courtesy of Challenged Athletes Foundation. 🦿🦿
After she set her balance, she let go of her Mom's hand and said, "I'm good." ❤️
Thank you to the Dallas Cowboys for hosting this amazing experience for Lilly and her family.
We were honored to fit Lilly with her new running blades, courtesy of Challenged Athletes Foundation. 🦿🦿
After she set her balance, she let go of her Mom's hand and said, "I'm good." ❤️
Thank you to the Dallas Cowboys for hosting this amazing experience for Lilly and her family.
I have a Force G, if I take off the footrests, do you think the bike stand picture below will be compatible for inside biking with my trike?
Pic of 2 individuals on adaptive hand and foot pedal e-assist devices chatting in Glacier National Park. Picture credit Jackie Burau !!

Thank you CycleDifferent Craig Hospital Kelly Brush Foundation Challenged Athletes Foundation DREAM Adaptive Recreation Cohesion Dance Project EagleMount GreatFalls Eagle Mount Bozeman MonTECH Empower Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Inc Glacier National Park Get out there!
Nico and Operation Rebound...Thanks so much for your support! 2022 Endeavor Games, Edmond, OK! Fun competition in Para Shot and Discus Salute!
I would like to thank my Veteran Brother Nico and Operation Rebound for making my Endeavor Games possible! Gold Medals in Para Shot Putt and Discus! Salute!
End of a great day at the Endeavor Games in Edmond, Oklahoma🤠! CAF Operation Rebound out😎!
CAF Operation Rebound! Endeavor Game OKC! This is how we roll🤠! Salute!
Getting ready for my events at Endeavour Games Shot Putt and Discus! Salute!
**Support Youth Learning and Employment!**

We are hosting a fundraising dinner for GoCyclingNow USA to help us continue to train 11-17 yr olds how to ride bicycles SAFELY, and, to introduce them to maintenance skills to better serve them later in life. Some of these kids may be helping you and our members as 'wrenches' in the future. Many will earn a bicycle to build from the ground up.

I want to invite you to support this effort by coming and inviting your friends and colleagues, or becoming a supporter. And there is a Silent Auction.

Here is an invitation to join us on June 12th in Carlsbad for dinner, drink and conversation. Go to https://www.gocyclingnowusa.org/legends-dinner/

GCN USA is a 501c3 non-profit
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Join GoCyclingNowUSA when we host 'The Legends of Cycling and Ultras', meet the creators and record holders from the past. Chat with the World's Fastest Human, Denise Mueller.
-Meet John Howard; one of the original 4 RAAM racers!
-Meet Pete Penseyres; yes, there is an award named after him!

This is an invitation for all CAF/MDC members to attend this fundraising event for GoCyclingNow USA, a 501c(3) non-profit organization. There will be good conversation, a Silent Auction, great food and libation.

Buy single tickets, group tables, or become a sponsor.

Go to: https://www.gocyclingnowusa.org/legends-dinner/

Providing support, opportunities and hope to individuals with physical challenge so they can pursue The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lifestyles.

CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $134 million has been raised and over 35,000 funding requests from people with physical challenges in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts impact another 60,000 individuals eac

Operating as usual

11/30/2022

“It’s humbling not knowing what a person has gone through to get to the start line, but it’s also inspiring. That uplifting feeling buzzes throughout the CAF event," said Lara Wozniak, North America Media Lead as she reminisced about her race experience at our San Diego Triathlon Challenge presented by Dan + Geof.

Read more from our partner Accenture here >>> challengedathletes.org/accenture

11/30/2022

Thank You! Wooh!

This is how Brantley Volpel reacted to his Grit Freedom Chair grant, and it’s exactly how we feel about everyone donating to us on Giving Tuesday! Thank you, wooooh!!! We’re gonna climb up a mountain with it (and go over big rocks, lift weights, swim, surf, ski, play soccer, go cycling, practice yoga, and on and on). 😍

It’s not too late to Do 22, Give $22 at http://support.challengedathletes.org/holidaysocial

11/29/2022

Albee's Ask for Giving Tuesday

Hi, you. You right there! Help build a more inclusive sports community.

Do 22, Give $22
1. Do 22 reps, steps, or rolls of a physical activity
2. Share on social:
3. Give $22: http://support.challengedathletes.org/holidaysocial

A lot of companies will match employees’ donations on Giving Tuesday - take advantage if you're employed by a corporation that does this!

11/29/2022

Rosalie's Giving Tuesday Request

It’s Giving Tuesday! GIVE THE GIFT OF SPORT and help thousands of athletes with physical challenges gain access to equipment and resources they need.

Do 22, Give $22:
🏋️‍♀️ Film yourself doing 22 reps, steps, or rolls of a physical activity.
📍 Share on social:
💰 Give $22 >>> support.challengedathletes.org/holidaysocial

11/29/2022

Do 22 Give $22 for Giving Tuesday

Challenged athlete Liv Stone wants YOU to JOIN THE MOVEMENT for Giving Tuesday.

Do 22, Give $22:
1. Film yourself doing 22 reps, steps, or rolls of a physical activity.
2. Share on social:
3. Give $22 >>> support.challengedathletes.org/holiday

We’ll be sharing your submissions in stories all day tomorrow!

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 11/27/2022

Our Flyers Coaches Clinic with the Philadelphia Flyers and Team Toyota USA was such a hit! Our younger Challenged Athletes Foundation community got to give sled hockey a try with Flyers Alumni Bob Kelly as part of Toyota's Military Appreciation initiative. 🏒🇺🇸

11/26/2022

In preparation for our Giving Tuesday initiative, it's time to get your workout on! Do 22 now that you feel 22 pounds heavier after alllll that food this week 😜😝😁

1. Film yourself doing 22 reps, steps, or rolls of a physical activity.
2. Share on social with
3. Give $22 >>> support.challengedathletes.org/holiday

11/24/2022

This Thanksgiving, we want to express how grateful we are for all of our supporters! Nothing we do here at Challenged Athletes Foundation would be possible without people like you. 🦃❤️️🤗

11/22/2022

Giving Tuesday is next week! Support us by getting active and giving more people with physical disabilities access to sport + opportunities to improve their physical fitness and be part of an inclusive community!

It’s simple. Get moving. DO 22, GIVE $22.
1. Film yourself doing 22 reps, steps, or rolls of a physical activity.
2. Share video + tag us: Challenged Athletes Foundation
3. Give $22 >>> support.challengedathletes.org/holiday

Keep an eye out on Tues Nov 29 - we’ll be sharing your submissions on stories throughout the day!

11/21/2022

As the official charity of the Athletic Brewing Company IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside, CAF is proud to offer exclusive entry to this sold out event on April 1, 2023!

We have entry options from $900-2K to enter, with some participants eligible for Operation Rebound perks! And if you want to relay, registering through CAF is your ONLY opportunity to do so >>> ironman.com/im703-oceanside-register

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 11/19/2022

Another successful adaptive skateboarding clinic as part of the PlayLA Youth Adaptive Sports Program is in the books! Athletes age 5-17, join us for upcoming ones on 12/10 or 12/11 to learn from professional coaches! All equipment provided, all experience levels are welcome.

Visit adaptivesportsla.org to register.

11/18/2022

Heroes of Sport: Joe Taormino and Brandon Lyons

Joe Taormino got to chat with our adaptive athlete Brandon Lyons during a recent Heroes of Sport interview with Bob Babbitt! Joe is the Senior VP at our sponsor CalPrivate Bank, and he actually got to ride down the coast with Brandon during Million Dollar Challenge last month. https://youtu.be/PKE2jvHOppI

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 11/18/2022

This year’s Team CAF NYC Marathon runners raised over $50,000 to help thousands of athletes with physical challenges gain access to sports worldwide. GO TEAM!

11/17/2022

Heroes of Sport: Dominic Ozeta

Scottish Visual Artist and former professional soccer player Craig Black joined Bob Babbitt, CAF Co-founder in giving a grant to Dominic Ozeta! Dominic, who was born with an upper limb difference impacting his left arm, has an intense love of soccer that has led to him playing in the All-Star game at Nike's Exact Sports soccer camp last summer + being selected for the ALBION National Elite Team in Spain this spring.

See the full Heroes of Sport video here: https://youtu.be/DixaPazb4TU. And don't forget, you have an opportunity to bid on a Craig Black hand-painted piece in our auction: app.galabid.com/artforathletes

11/16/2022

Introducing Training Tips Tuesday, sharing tips, tricks, and advice for adaptive athletes. Today, we’re sharing simple lifestyle shifts you can make to improve your fitness and health.

😴 Get enough sleep (aim for those 8 hours!)
🍸 Nix alcohol
🌊 Drink more water
🏋 Switch up workouts with both cardio + weight training
💪 Stretch regularly
🥬️ Get in micronutrients at each meal
🛁 Ice and epsom salt baths can boost recovery

Got a training tip to share? Drop it below!

11/15/2022

Hey Boise, come join CAF Idaho and Jack City Fitness for a weightlifting workout Nov 19th from 10-11am! Trainers will coach adaptive athletes through a one-hour workout program with protein shakes from NourishBoise afterwards. Adaptive athletes of all fitness levels and experience are encouraged to sign up! This class is best suited for athletes ages 13 and up.

Register >>> support.challengedathletes.org/workout

11/14/2022

We love hearing from our athletes! Here's a note we recently received from Marvin Martinez:

"Just wanted to share a photo that was made possible by CAF/Operation Rebound. This is the top of Harmon Canyon in Ventura - under all the overcast in the background is the city! Thank you, Nico. You and your team have truly been a blessing in my life for my overall physical and mental health."

🚲🤗❤️️

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 11/11/2022

This Veteran's Day, we want to recognize all who have served and honor athlete Albert Bucharelli. Albert lost his leg above the knee fighting in Italy in 1943 when his truck was hit by German artillery. At age 94, he was CAF's oldest grantee EVER when he received an Operation Rebound grant to drive an adaptive race car at Thunder Road!

Albert passed away at his home on June 4th, 2022. Rest in peace, Albert.

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 11/10/2022

Join us for the online charity auction benefitting CAF, hosted by our incredible friends at Private Art Consulting & Wisdom Audio! We’ll be auctioning off a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted speaker system created by Scottish Visual Artist and former professional soccer player Craig Black.

Register online at app.galabid.com/artforathletes or via SMS by texting artforathletes followed by your full name to (541) 583-4642.

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 11/10/2022

Last weekend's adaptive skateboarding clinic as part of the PlayLA Youth Adaptive Sports Program was SO fun! Athletes age 5-17, join us for the next one on 11/12 at Harbor City Recreation Center to learn from professional coaches! All equipment provided, all experience levels are welcome.

Visit adaptivesportsla.org to register.

11/09/2022

We met this father-son duo at the ice rink during a CAF youth hockey practice two years ago. They share a passion for hockey, but dad’s MS has kept him from being able to skate with his son - until last weekend! They finally got to hit the ice together at our CAF Idaho Sled Hockey Clinic, and it was such a special moment to witness. ❤️️⛸

11/06/2022

One of CAF’s grantees, Logan Marmino, is the star of Apple TV's Best Foot Forward, based on the life of previous CAF Grantee Josh Sundquist. Logan - who has never acted before - answered a Facebook casting call for a young man who is an amputee. He got the part, and the rest is history.

Congrats, Logan!

11/04/2022

LAST CHANCE! Our 2023 Annual Grant Application Portal closes TODAY at 4:59pm PST.

This is your last opportunity to apply to receive grant funding from the annual program to support your sport! Because we believe nothing should hinder an athlete from participating in movement, we have supported often costly travel and adaptive equipment expenses for over 30,000 athletes for the past 29 years!

Apply now! www.challengedathletes.org/grants

11/04/2022

Cheers to the weekend! Grab an Athletic Brewing Company drink and get out there! They were one of the sponsors of our CAF Community Challenge powered by Strava, and their non-alcoholic, vegan-friendly craft beer was QUITE a hit. 🍻😁

11/02/2022

Adaptive Skateboarding + WCMX clinics are coming to Los Angeles! As part of the PlayLA Youth Adaptive Sports Program, CAF will host four clinics for athletes ages 5-17. Join us for the next one on 11/6 at Chevy Chase Recreation Center for a morning of fun and learning from professional coaches! All equipment provided, all experience levels are welcome.

Visit adaptivesportsla.org to register.

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 11/02/2022

We were thrilled to have USABA recently host a series of clinics in San Diego! Have you ever heard of goalball or blind soccer? Athletes wear eyeshades to level the playing field, and the balls have noisemakers embedded so they jingle as they move. 🙌️⚽️🔔

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 10/31/2022

In addition to being the month of Halloween, did you know October is also National Physical Therapy Month? Local physical therapists often volunteer at our CAF + Össur Running and Mobility Clinics, like the one we recently held in Manchester, NH!

We are so thankful for the medical professionals and partners who help make all of our initiatives possible.

10/30/2022

Adaptive Beach Volleyball Clinic

Bump, set, spike! At the second 2022 CAF Adaptive Beach Volleyball Clinic at Wave Volleyball Club, athletes came together to learn and practice adaptive volleyball skills, compete, and have a blast!

“One thing I love about the beach volleyball community is that it’s very open. You come out here, you’re instantly accepted, people want to see you succeed,” said CAF athlete and 3x Paralympian Dave Newkirk.

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 10/29/2022

LESS THAN A WEEK LEFT to apply for a grant to support your sport! CAF grants empower individuals with physical challenges to develop and maintain an active lifestyle by offsetting the high costs of adaptive equipment and training for adaptive athletes. Over the past 29 years CAF has supported over 30,000 athletes through grant funding.

Hoda is one of the only Female Handcyclists in Egypt, competing against men in her country and around the world. After attending CCC Weekend in 2019, she was awarded a grant at Celebration of Abilities and spent a week in SD training with Carlos Moleda.

"I can't express the happiness I feel. Thank you so much for your support. This present will give me the chance to practice in the safety of my own home, and it is something I could not have done without your support."

You can apply for a grant at: challengedathletes.org/grants

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 10/28/2022

The CAF Community Challenge powered by Strava and the San Diego Triathlon Challenge presented by Dan & Geof were both SO MUCH FUN! You can read all about it, including final fundraising numbers and a day-by-day recap, at challengedathletes.org/ccc2022.

Thanks to Donald Miralle, Rich Cruse and the rest of our award winning photographers + videographers for capturing the event! Albums will be continually updated over the next week and can be viewed at challengedathletes.org/photos.

10/27/2022

PlayLA Surf Clinics

PlayLA is a city-wide initiative with LA Parks to provide quality, inclusive sport programming. Check out this video of one of our recent surf clinics, where Andrea received her grant!

Our next clinic series will feature adaptive skateboarding! Visit adaptivesportsla.org to register.

10/27/2022

Adaptive athletes of all ages, come join the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Higher Ground, and the Idaho Steelheads for a fun day on the ice during our sled hockey clinic! No experience necessary, we have adaptive equipment for you to borrow.

Register >>> support.challengedathletes.org/hockey

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 10/25/2022

At clinics and events like this fun one we recently partnered up with to host, athletes with physical disabilities get to try a new sport, occasionally meet players and coaches of local and national teams, and have a blast! Sometimes, there are even high fives and autographs involved. 👋

Learn more about our event opportunities at: challengedathletes.org/events

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 10/24/2022

What an amazing and powerful weekend we just experienced!

The CAF Community Challenge powered by Strava and the San Diego Triathlon Challenge presented by Dan + Geof was an absolute success. We couldn't have done it without all of our amazing challenged athlete families, volunteers, sponsors, and staff! We'll be resharing on our social channels over the next few days. Tag your pics and videos with hashtag so we can see your experiences, too!

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 10/23/2022

We've experienced some AMAZING clinics over the past few days with our athletes as we've come together for the CAF Community Challenge weekend powered by Strava!

From the CAF + Össur Running and Mobility Clinic to Adaptive Surf presented by Cavignac, the Open Water Adaptive Swim Experience with USAT, USABA Goalball and Blind Soccer Experiences, and our Wheelchair Basketball, Tennis and Pickleball Clinics, we were able to grow stronger through sport and learn new techniques and skills to take with us through the next year.

There's so much more to come!

Photos from Challenged Athletes Foundation's post 10/22/2022

Today was a phenomenal first day of the CAF Community Challenge powered by Strava!

Adaptive athletes enjoyed swimming in the bay with USA Triathlon , kickin balls with USA Blind Soccer, wheelchair tennis and pickleball, and the amazing Celebration of Abilities Awards and Dinner. Can’t wait for what’s next!

10/21/2022

Apply for a Grant!

LESS THAN 2 WEEKS LEFT to be awarded a grant to support your sport! CAF grants empower individuals with physical challenges to develop and maintain an active lifestyle by offsetting the high costs of adaptive equipment and training for adaptive athletes. Over the past 29 years, CAF has supported over 30,000 through grant funding.

The first 1,600 U.S. applicants to successfully submit their application will have the option to receive a FREE pair of Nike Revolution FlyEase shoes! Apply today at: challengedathletes.org/grants

10/21/2022

Today’s the day, we’re kicking off the CAF Community Challenge powered by Strava here in San Diego! Come check out these fun experiences for adaptive athletes:

💥 Adaptive Swim with USAT
⚽️ USABA Blind Soccer Experience
👩‍🦽 Wheelchair Tennis and Pickleball
👊 Celebration of Abilities Awards and Dinner

Huge thanks to sponsor Toyota USA for providing vehicles and Sunday’s athlete lounge, and to LAZ Parking for helping everyone park.

10/20/2022

Our 16th Million Dollar Challenge

It’s the 16th year for the Million Dollar Challenge and it takes on new meaning each ride. Just ask Kevin Keegan, Eric Northbrook, and Casey Kammel as they are raising $16K for this year’s 16th MDC! Because of CAF and sponsors like CalPrivate Bank, they were able to turn permanent disabilities into powerful tools for self-improvement.

Be part of another athlete’s transformation when you join the peloton and give today!

challengedathletes.org/mdc

10/20/2022

This weekend, will host Yoga by the Bay in Bonita Cove! The 90-minute inclusive session supports individuals with physical challenges having access to sports and an active lifestyle.

Find your zen >>> challengedathletes.org/events/yogabythebay

Videos (show all)

Boise Twilight Criterium Kids' Ride
The Incredible True Story – Landis: Just Watch Me
Running and Mobility Clinics
CAF High School Adaptive Track and Field Clinic in Los Angeles
Paralympic Gold Medalist Grace Norman on Heroes of Sport
Zion Clark and Drew Brees Wrestle
Steve Serio Tries Mono Skiing and Sled Hockey
CAF Surprises 21 Year Old Will with a Hand Cycle
Emily Dobay chats Triathlons and Adaptive Training with Bob Babbitt

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