Challenged Athletes Foundation Awards More Than $1.4 Million to 980 Individuals Print
Written by John Hamre   

Challenged Athletes Foundation Awards More Than $1.4 Million to 980 Individuals

 

The Challenged Athletes Foundation in San Diego has announced grants totaling more than $1.4 million to help 980 individuals with physical disabilities become — and stay — involved in sports.

Awarded to athletes in twenty-two countries through the foundation'sAccess for Athletes program, which aims to bridge the gap between physical rehabilitation and the return to an active lifestyle, the grants will help underwrite training and coaching, adaptive sports equipment, and competition-related expenses. Of the record number of grants awarded by the foundation this year, 54 percent went to new program participants representing forty-eight different sports.

"Through the unwavering dedication and support of our fundraisers, sponsors, and donors, the Challenged Athletes Foundation was able to assist more physically challenged individuals than ever before," said CAF executive director Virginia Tinley. "We've seen firsthand how involvement in sports increases self-esteem, encourages independence, and enhances the quality of life for people with physical disabilities. Every recipient of an Access for Athletes grant will have his or her life changed in an incredibly positive way and we are honored to provide these much needed funds."

 

For more information on Challended Athletes Foundation please visit http://www.challengedathletes.org