BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
EVENT DATE: Oct 19, 2013
Many of you know how important sports and fitness are to me. Living a healthy, active lifestyle is something that is easily taken for granted. I have taken on the challenge of training for the Africa Hope Run. To make my race more meaningful, I am raising money for myTEAM TRIUMPH – an inspiring 501c3 non-profit athletic mentoring organization that gives hope to many individuals with physical disabilities throughout Wisconsin. They accomplish this by pairing individuals with disabilities (called “Captains”) with able-bodied athletes (called “Angels”). In a race, Captains provide the inspiration, while Angels push and pull their Captain in specialized running chairs, biked trailers and boats. By providing support, mentoring relationships, and the chance to cross the finish line in a road race or triathlon, physically challenged athletes are able to become whole through sports.
Did you know there are 40-50 million people with physical disabilities in the U.S. alone? Only 1 in 10 physically challenged people have the opportunity to participate in sports. There is a huge population of people who aren’t able to go for a run, bike ride, or feel the thrill of crossing the finish line that so many of us enjoy. But it’s not because they lack ambition, desire, or skill. They only lack the support and funding to get the resources they need to succeed.
Adaptive sports equipment like running chairs, bike trailers and boats can cost up to $5,000 each. Insurance typically does not cover these expenses. Just like me, these challenged athletes want to participate in athletics, but they face a major obstacle. myTEAM TRIUMPH is changing this reality by helping people of all ages, ethnicities, and disabilities throughout Wisconsin realize their dreams. Still, we need your support to get even more challenged athletes to the finish line.
With your help, myTEAM TRIUMPH can provide the support, equipment and mentoring relationships in the lives of challenged athletes. That is why I am challenging myself to make a difference in their lives.
Please join me in our mission to improve health and wellbeing of individuals with disabilities. Give the gift of sports and help get challenged athletes off the sidelines -- and into the race!!
Thanks for your support :-)