Achilles International

Rating: 4.85 stars   13 reviews

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Location: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

4 weeks after my husband lost both of his legs in Iraq, representatives from the Achilles Track Club came to his hospital room and suggested he come out to participate in a hand crank bike race. A week later they invited him to race in the New York Marathon. As it turns out, what they actually invited him to do was become part of a new family. To date, my husband has completed 1 full marathon and 2 half marathons with this amazing club. They gave him hope and focus, and they gave me a way to connect with other wives and mothers who understood what I was going through. They inspire people to stand up and live their best lives in the face of devastating adversity and that is truly a gift.

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

If Achilles had 10 million dollars they could buy 500 hand crank bikes and sponsor 5000 severely injured soldiers for races all over the globe.

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About once a year

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2007-12-01

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Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Soldiers has transformed people whose lives have been torn apart by war and who have had the courage to stand up when America called for defense of its borders. The commitment of the organization to the wounded servicemen and women is simply amazing for giving back the lives to these men and women injured serving in our nation's Armed Services.

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

seeing the vitality restored to participants in the Freedom Team of Wounded Soldiers and its overall impact on their lives.

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

how participating in marathons changes shattered lives into pride of purpose.

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

able to connect in meaningful ways with participants in the marathons.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Achilles is a wonderful organization that truly has the power to change lives. It helps people be active and achieve.

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

Boston and NYC Marathons

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

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

the athletes, staff and volunteers

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

dedicated, professional, and enthusiastic

Ways to make it better...

More could participate

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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