Stories Worth Sharing
Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit headquartered in San Diego that uses sports to provide hope, empowerment, and independence to those with permanent physical disabilities. CAF was founded 23 years ago to help one friend, former Yale football star Jim McLaren who lost his leg after being hit by a bus in New York City. He remade himself through sports as a record-breaking endurance athlete. Even before a second tragic accident that left Jim a quadriplegic, Jim had already inspired a new generation of challenged athletes, who with CAF's support would be on the front lines of a revolution to redefine perception and possibility for those with physical challenges.
The mission of Dare2Tri is to positively impact the lives of athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments by developing their skills in paratriathlon, while inspiring the community at large.
Beth Sanden's OC Paratriathlon Camp
Beth Sanden’s OC Paratriathlon Camp supports those with physical disabilities and enables them to build self-esteem, confidence, and quality of life. Beth has been a USAT Coach for the last 14 years, and the OC Paratriathlon Camps have taken place for the last 5.5-6 years, starting in January and ending in September.
RODS stands for Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome. They raise money and awareness, one child at a time, to help an orphan bless a loving family. To date they have 200 athletes around the country and have raised $500,000. Many of these kids are abandoned by their birth parents because of their perceived disability. If they are not adopted by 5 years old, they most likely make their way into an institution and many do not survive without proper care and love. RODS knows that every life is a gift, so they fight for these kids to make their way to a loving family.