Achilles International

Rating: 4.85 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Sports

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: 3 stars  

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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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

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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  

11 people 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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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

having a running buddy.

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

very sincere and nice.

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I like my experience as it is, and wouldnt change anything about it - at least the Tuesdays sessions!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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

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i am one of the freedom team memebers and i did my first race and just being down there with all of the staff was just amazing they where very helfull and caring

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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