Providing support, opportunities and hope to people with physical challenge so they can pursue active lifestyles through sport. www.challengedathletes.org
It is the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.
It is the vision of Challenged Athletes Foundation:
- To be a recognized leader in a movement through which physically challenged athletes are accepted and respected at the same level as able-bodied athletes;
-To have a great and significant impact on each physically challenged athlete served;
-To reach out to the physically challenged community by providing inspiration, awareness and mentoring.
WHAT IS THE CHALLENGED ATHLETES FOUNDATION (CAF):
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a unique nonprofit that helps people with physical challenges live full, active lives through participation in fitness activities and competitive sports.
CAF believes that participation in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.
Often times the expensive cost of adaptive sports equipment can be an obstacle that keeps those with physical challenges on the sidelines. Most medical insurance does not cover adaptive sports equipment; they deem these “luxury” items. CAF believes sport is a right and therefor helps overcome this economic barrier.
WHAT CAF DOES:
Over past 21 years, the Challenged Athletes Foundation has raised in excess of $60 million and satisfied 9,500 funding requests from physically challenged athletes in all 50 states and more than 25 foreign countries.
-Access for Athletes GRANTS:
o In April 2014, CAF distributed their 2014 Access for Athletes grants to 1,469 challenged athletes, totaling $3.1 million.
o The funding and support provided by the Challenged Athletes Foundation can be the difference between “getting into the game” and being left on the sidelines.
o The Challenged Athletes Foundation funds the purchase of expensive adaptive equipment (like running prosthetics, racing chairs and handcycles) and helps pay for coaching and travel expenses for athletes at all levels. More often than not, these costs are not covered by conventional medical insurance.
Through additional programs CAF also provides support for people with physical challenges of all ages and ability:
- Operation Rebound – provides support for injured military and first responders, to get them from the front line to the finish line.
- Catch A Rising Star –provides important coaching and instruction through more than 20 free clinics and camps conducted throughout the country. Whether learning adaptive swim strokes