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Our Fundrazr Campaign Goal is to provide funds for our Achilles Kids Program, which serves children with disabilities through athletic activities and running a “Virtual Marathon” *  WHO WE ARE: We are Achilles International. We make ... More ...

Our Fundrazr Campaign Goal is to provide funds for our Achilles Kids Program, which serves children with disabilities through athletic activities and running a “Virtual Marathon” * 

WHO WE ARE:

We are Achilles International. We make it possible for people of any age and any disability to participate in mainstream sports. Many of you may know us from the bright yellow neon shirts our athletes wear at events around the world and at workouts in Central Park, NY. We are hard to miss in our signature shade! Achilles International was created in 1983 by Dick Traum, the first above-the-knee amputee to complete a marathon in New York City.

Our mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.

HOW DOES THE ACHILLES KIDS PROGRAM HELP CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES? We work with the DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION and are part of an “Adaptive Physical Education Program” in over 180 public schools around the U.S. Within this program children with disabilities who are members of the Achilles Kids Program run, walk or "roll" (in wheelchairs) throughout the school year and aim to complete a marathon distance (26.2 miles.)

YES, ACHILLES KIDS ACTUALLY COMPLETE A MARATHON!!

The children in our program prove to us every day that being disabled does not mean “being un-able!”

They defy the odds and, under the supervision of their teachers, walk, run or “roll” in their Adaptive Physical Education classes, adding up their mileage to a “virtual marathon” distance throughout the school year.

The Achilles Kids Program promotes health and fitness and helps children with disabilities:

  • BE ACTIVE AND “ACHIEVE!”

  • IMPROVE FOCUS AND QUALITY OF LIFE

    Achilles Kids often do better ACADEMICALLY too as they learn to:

  • IMPROVE COGNITIVE ABILITIES

  • BUILD SELF-ESTEEM

  • SET GOALS

  • BE PART OF A TEAM

    It is SELF-EMPOWERING and builds CONFIDENCE
  • WHY IS THIS  “RUN TO LEARN PROGRAM” SO IMPORTANT? A Reuters Health study reports that children with disabilities who participate in a suitable exercise program show improved quality of life, greater aerobic capacity, and better function.


    Achilles founder, Dick Traum, believes that if a child can feel that sense of pride and success in achieving something like this -- and they EARN these shoes, they are not given to them -- think of what other great things they might achieve.

    Achilles Kids Disabilities include Cognitive and Physical Disabilities such as:

    Autism * Down’s Syndrome * Cerebral Palsy * Spina Bifida * Muscular Dystrophy, * Visual Impairment/Blindness * Traumatic Brain injuries (TBI) ADHD * Orthopedic Disorders

  • The program is an  important lesson in  working hard to  earn something special.

    This sets a  pattern for a  lifetime of achievement.
    GROUND BREAKING RESEARCH ON AUTISM

    We are incredibly excited to share some great news with you all!!

    Since the Achilles Kids Program began in 1995, we have extensive anecdotal evidence that running helps children on the autism spectrum improve their emotional and physical health. This year, Achilles will work with Cigna on a groundbreaking study that will help quantify the effect that running has on children with autism. THIS IS A FIRST! This research could have profound implications on the health and quality of life for children with autism and their families. 

    WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS A SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN

    Achilles International is a not-for-profit organization that depends solely on the generosity of people like you for funding. We have a very small staff doing a huge amount of work. Your donation is 100% Tax Deductible and goes DIRECTLY to support the Achilles Kids Program.

    Last year, we provided 9,700 shirts and 4,400 pairs of sneakers for the Achilles Kids Program.

    THIS YEAR, our program is  even bigger. Our program continues to grow and we need more help raising funds. THIS YEAR, we expect to provide more than  12,000 shirts and  5,000+ pairs of  shoes.

  • TOM MCGRATH IS GIVING US  A RUN FOR OUR MONEY!

    In support of our fundrazr Campaign for Achilles Kids, Tom “RunningMan” McGrath, will run SIX MARATHONS IN SIX DAYS through the FIVE BOROUGHS of New York City.

  • He will start his run on September 29th and continue a marathon every day until October 4th.

    Tom is a long-distance runner with a heart of gold especially where kids’ charities are concerned. He has run over 200,000 miles in the past fifty years and helped raise two million dollars for charity. Last year, he ran Six Marathons In Six Days through the busy streets of Manhattan, avoiding potholes, buses, taxis, exhaust fumes and so many other obstacles. “Nothing compares to the challenges some of these kids face every day,” he said.

  • For more information on Achilles, please don’t forget to “friend” or “like” us on Facebook!
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Special Mention in Newsletter
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Thank you! All donations go directly into our Achilles Kids Program. Your name will be added to a special section for campaign donors in our Winter Newsletter.
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Achilles Kid Champion Bracelet
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In celebration of our Indiegogo campaign, we have designed a very special (rubber) bracelet as a "thank you" for your donation. The inscription on the bracelet reads "Achilles Kids Go The Distance." We are sure you will wear this bracelet with pride. Thank you for your donation and support. Shipping and handling costs included. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Thank you.
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Achilles T-Shirt
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As a thank you for your donation, we will send you our specially designed "Hope & Possibility" T-Shirt, which is our signature race held in Central Park every year (and in other States too!) During this amazing (inspiring!) 5M Run we celebrate the "hope and possibility" that is within is all. When claiming this prize, please be sure to let us know your t-shirt size. Thank you. (Donation includes shipping and handling. Pls allow approx. 6 weeks for delivery. Thank you.)
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