The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) announced its largest grant distribution for access to sports and physical activity through 3,996 grants valued at more than $7 million. CAF is a world leader in the adaptive sports movement and has supported thousands of athletes with physical challenges, empowering their lives through sport.
Since 1994, CAF’s grant program has provided financial resources for items rarely covered by medical insurance, such as running prosthetics, adaptive sports equipment, and expenses related to competition travel, training, and coaching.
This year’s grant distribution reached athletes ranging in age from two to 88, those living in 50 states and 39 countries, and spanning 101 different sports and activities, including wheelchair basketball, surfing, adaptive fitness training, cycling, wheelchair rugby, Alpine and Nordic skiing, sled hockey, and outdoor recreation.
“We believe sport has the power to change lives and that’s why we are committed to helping overcome the barriers to access by providing support for equipment, travel, and competition expenses to athletes of all abilities across 101 sports,” said Kristine Entwistle, chief executive director. “Each year, we are creating a continuum of support and expanding our efforts to engage new athletes and build community on a global scale.”
CAF also recognized the prosthetists who donate their time and services to support the grant program, which is made possible by donors, global partners, sponsors, fundraisers, and major grant funders.