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Phone: 212-354-0300
42 West 38th St
Ste. 400

New York
New York 10018
USA
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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

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Guide a runner with a disability at workouts on Tuesday evenings (6:15 pm) and Saturday mornings (10am) in Central Park (90th Street and 5th Avenue)

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.

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.

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09/02/11
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 ... more »
09/01/11
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 ... more »
03/25/10
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... more »
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