March Karma: Challenged Athletes Foundation

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“it’s hard to beat an athlete who never gives up”

~babe ruth

At Grit Cycle we try to convey a message of withstanding, holding out, and endurance—and that’s just during the first set of bounces.

On some days physical fitness can be a vulnerable, even unnerving act for people; but they do it anyway. They know the benefits that result in the end: energy boosted, self-esteem, weight control, stress relief, etc.

No one knows this concept better than The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). And for the last 21 years The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) has made it its mission to allow men, women, and children with physical challenges to seek the same active way of life, via sports and fitness, that you and I lead.

We, at Grit Cycle, are thrilled to sponsor The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) as our March charity of the month.

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With the intention being that an active lifestyle and competitive sports builds confidence, self-reliance, and just generally makes one feel GOOD {!}, The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) has many vehicles to facilitate physical activity to their athletes.

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Last year, alone, they offered 28 year-round camps and clinics throughout North America. Coaching and instruction are provided in these free “Catch A Rising Star” programs. Such skills like swimming, running, and handcycling are taught and trained.

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The equipment {prosthetics, etc} needed for many of these camps and clinics are often NOT covered by medical insurance; they are deemed “luxury” items; “CAF believes sport is a right and therefore helps overcome this economic barrier.”

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Since 1994, more than $60 million has been raised and over 9,500 funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts reach another 80,000 individuals each year.

In two decades The Challenged Athletes Foundation has raised over $60 million dollars. They have answered more than 9,500 requests from all 50 states and many other countries. But these solicitations keep growing every year; and the cost increases as well.

 “The funding and support provided by The Challenged Athletes Foundation can be the difference between “getting into the game” and being left on the sidelines.”

If you, too, would like to help get these athletes “into the game” please join us in two Karma rides we will be holding this month. Every single dollar goes to The Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Our first takes place in Monarch Beach on Friday March 10th at 5:30pm with Jessica and Lauren Rasky.

And our second takes place in Costa Mesa on Sunday March 26th at 12:00pm with Kaitlin and Dani.

In Gratitude,

Grit Cycle

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