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Achilles International

Rating: 4.89 stars   19 reviews 2,871

Address:

42 West 38th St Ste. 400 New York NY 10018 USA

Mission:

Achilles International’s mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, with a focus on distance running.  Achilles promotes personal achievement, enhanced self-esteem, improved health and fitness, and lowers barriers between disparate types of people.

Results:

Achilles hosts an annual Hope & Possibility 5 Mile Race where 5,000 able bodied and disabled people participate together. 200 Achilles athletes with all kinds of disabilities compete each year in the ING NYC Marathon.  Achilles also participates in the Marathon Tour, which features 14 mainstream races throughout the country.

Target demographics:

people with disabilities of all ages from all walks of life; combat injured veterans from OEF and OIF, as well as veterans from prior wars such as Vietnam and Korea; non combat injured veterans with disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year:

10,000

Geographic areas served:

HQ in NYC chapters throughout the US and worldwide

Programs:

The Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans helps service personnel injured in Iraq and Afghanistan or in earlier wars such as Vietnam to train, be active, compete and achieve. Achilles Kids is in 150 public and private schools; 2,000 children with disabilities run, walk or roll throughout the year with the goal of completing 26.2 miles. The Achilles Tri team develops multi-sport athletes.

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212-354-0300
www.achillesinternational.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found Achilles International in 2010, and was added to the Achilles Freedom Team as an adaptive wounded veteran handcyclist. My first race was the Marine Corps Marathon. I was blown away by the atmosphere and love that was poured out of the Achilles staff members for each individual. They made the experience memorable with their family-style approach to event planning. On November 6, 2016, I will participate in the New York Marathon, making it my eighth marathon with Achilles. In addition to marathons, I execute fundraising campaigns to give back for all they've done for my family and I over the past six years. Achilles is family. Achilles is a movement that breaks down barriers and removes the 'dis' from disability.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I cried the day I filled out my application to join. I was 50 years old and all of a sudden my vision made running unsafe. I was so nervous the first day I went but EVERYONE welcomed me and helped make me comfortable.
I went from not wanting to get out of bed in the mornings back to living! The other athletes have been helpful and supportive and taught me about accepting life with a disability. The volunteers - there is just no way to explain how their selflessness impacts me.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Achilles changed my husband'a life. He saw other disabled men, and it had a profound effect on his self esteem. He now hand cycles every Saturday!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Achilles International has helped me run in over half of the World Major Marathons, including the New York City, Chicago and Boston Marathons. The best part of Achilles International is the friends from all over the world that I have met through it. I have left sided Cerebral Palsy and Achilles shows all people can exercise no matter what their physical or mental challenges are.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

When I first moved to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, I thought Achilles was a sport clothing company. On every walk I took in Central Park, with my dog, by myself, with my family, I'd pass countless runners, walkers, cyclists, of all ages, in groups or alone, wearing their logo tee-shirts. They all looked so happy, healthy and dedicated to outdoor pursuits that I suppose I can be forgiven for being surprised to learn that Achilles is a charity that assists the disabled.In an instant, my thinking was upended. Achilles changed my view of the disabled from people who are lacking something to people who are amazing and can overachieve right up there with the best of us. Love this group.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My husband has been doing marathons with Achilles Freedom Team for two years and it has dramatically improved his outlook on life. Achilles is more like family than a non-profit. They always have race weekends organized and make us feel special. Janet and Joe are amazing and we look forward to many more races with Achilles!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I've been with Achilles since I was 6 years old - first as an Achilles Kid, then a member of their adult program, and just recently, I got the chance to intern with them over the summer. I've said it before and I will say it again: I love Achilles! Everyone at Achilles is so warm, welcoming and encouraging; they make you believe that you can do anything you set your mind to and that -the feeling that you CAN cross that finish line - is what makes you push yourself harder and achieve what you never thought possible. Thank you so much, Achilles!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Every aspect of my life! Achilles gave me confidence, strength (physical or otherwise), and a new appreciation for life in general.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more people involved through donating and volunteering.

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a member for about two and half yrs. Last yr was my first and hopefully not my last marathon, I can't say enough about the encouragement I received from the staff and other members always making me push myself harder to get to where I wanted to go. That is why I decide to give back, I now am volunteering my time and love it!
Achilles International keeps rock'n'rollin' GO ACHILLES!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am so in awe of the organization as a whole, what they do and the time they put in to make an event happen is amazing

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It runs well, if only more people knew so they could donate!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a part of the Achillies Freedom Team since it's exsistence and have been nothing but satisfied with the staff and the program it has to offer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personal gain and motivation and determenation with my own disabilities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If they had more funds they could have a bigger outreach.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The bond of taking peers to next level in life achievments. And everyone being treated like family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They are by far the best staff and volunteers I have ever dealt with. Professional, kind, and heart felt about how they can help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could go beyond it's limits as what it does now and reach many more disabled people. And do much more for the ones that are already a part of the organization. If any organizations deserves it's Achillies.

Ways to make it better...

It's also been good.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Limited funds with more funds they could have more full time staffers and do much more for them and volunteers and clients.

One thing I'd also say is that...

People that give other people a chance in life give more than what anyone can physically see.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I was a volunteer to assist with the Achilles Freedom Team at the Bank of America Marathon in Chicago. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I'm a veteran and proudly support organizations which help those wounded in action. Achilles goes the extra mile. They go to the hospitals and give the wounded goals to work toward and not just easy goals demanding goals. It is amazing to see the athletics compete doing something I can't do and I have all my limbs. They inspired me to the point I had to volunteer again. I love being out there and helping to make the goals a reality for the athletics. They are amazing people with amazing stories. Achilles provides a road to recovery which not only emphasizes the physical but also stregthens the mental. The attitude of fun is contagious and inspiring. I cannot say enough about the experienc I had volunteering with this wonderful group of people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering during marathons and seeing what pride the athletics have in their accomplishments.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fun we have while doing hard work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic and excited to be doing the job they love.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more wounded soldiers see a light at the end of the tunnel during and after recovery.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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