The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) announced unprecedented financial support through its annual grant programs, which provide financial assistance for adaptive sports equipment, specialized running prostheses, coaching, mentoring, travel, and competition expenses for individuals with physical challenges of all ages and levels who wish to live active lifestyles and compete in sports.
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Through the 2018 distribution—the largest in the organization’s 25-year history—2,806 individual grants in 40 countries are making it possible for individuals to achieve their athletic dreams across 95 sports. These grants represent more than $4.3 million in support.
The grants empower individuals through increased confidence, independence, and connection through life-affirming sports and fitness activities. CAF is a leading resource in the adaptive sports community, helping those with disabilities push past perceived limitations to live healthier and find success in sports and life.
Adaptive sports equipment is expensive and not covered by medical insurance, which means most athletes with a desire to be active and compete are not able to reach their potential. In addition, adaptive sports competitions often require significant travel, often out of financial reach for many athletes.
CAF co-founder and chief storyteller Bob Babbitt said, “We believe sports is a pathway to more in life, and that’s why we are so committed to providing access to equipment, travel, and competition for athletes of all abilities across a wide variety of sports and activities.”
For more information, visit www.challengedathletes.org.
This article was adapted from information provided by CAF.