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Charity of the Month: Challenged Athletes Foundation

July 24th, 2013

We’ve been impressed many times in the past with the ways that runners come together as a community during times of need. The sheer number of running charities out there speak to the desire of the human spirit to do more. To connect more. To help more.

Sport is about so much more than just working out, and we’ll be highlighting a few charities built around a common love of sport. Tune in each month to check out a different charity, and get inspired to contribute or start something of your own.

First up? The Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Who They Are

The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) works to support individuals with physical disabilities so that they can lead active lifestyles and participate in competitive athletics. They believe that “involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life,” and they strive to create a movement in which athletes with physical disabilities are viewed the same way as athletes without physical disabilities.

What They Do

The Challenged Athlete Foundation supports athletes in many ways, from providing grants for running legs and athletic wheelchairs to coaching athletes as they develop their skills and fitness. Many CAF athletes serve as spokespeople, delivering messages of inspiration and determination to individuals with physical disabilities. The foundation hosts races and events centered around the goal of empowering all athletes to tackle big goals and challenge their perception of their limits.

What You Can Do

If this charity is something that strikes a chord with you, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Volunteer at an event near you, or create a new event to fundraise. You can also donate funds, or – if you own a business – look into corporate giving and sponsorship. The Challenged Athletes Foundation gives even more individuals the opportunity to participate in sports and tap into the inspiration of the powerful global community of athletes.

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