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: 5 stars  

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: 5 stars  

8 people 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  

8 people found this review helpful

I can't say enough about the Achiiles Freedom Team. Four years ago I met the staff of the Freedom Team. I'm a retired Marine and amputee. I was asked if I wanted to race a handcrank wheelchair. The next four years I participated in approx. 15 marathons. The best thing about beinng around the Freedom Team is what I have seen them do for our wounded. I have seen so many kids on the start of a marathon weekend have the look of why am I doing this and I'm embarrased to be seen out as a amputee. Then you see them three days later and they our total different people. Selfconfident and with a feeling like wow ! If I just did a marathon I can do anything with the rest of my life.

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

Various marathons

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

The work they do with our wounded Veterans

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

I come in contact with all the Freedom Team Staff at Marathon events

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

Help so many of our wounded troops

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-12-01

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