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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Amateur Sports, Recreation & Sports, Sports

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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is the most incredible organization that positively changes the lives of volunteers and disabled athletes alike. This is the most incredible nonprofit organization with which I have ever been involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Selvie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

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!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I look forward to my Tuesdays, one of the two meeting days! Achilles is a great organization that attracts amazing people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

my experience has been really awesome so far with all the staff and volunteers that i have met so far i first met dick traum when i was in new york for the bob woodruff foundation and also met megan lombardo there also they where so nice and i got really interested in joining the team then so when i called to say i wanted to they got me hooked up right away and my first race was the disney half marathon and the staff i met down there just amazed me with how much they care about the guys that have done it for awhile and the new guys that are just joining the team