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  

7 people found this review helpful

Achilles was introduced to me about 12 years ago, and I immediately fell in love with the REAL PROGRAM it provides for all people with disabilities, to participate in mainstream marathons all around the country! The Achilles FREEDOM TEAM of Wounded Veterans focuses specifically on our men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and allows them to set a goal, and train to compete in a marathon not up on a pedestal, yet in their wheelchairs on the course with everyone else. Focusing on their strength and endurance, they ACHIEVE what most Americans don't even dare try ... 26.2 miles. I've run 10 marathons myself, and knowing that amazing sense of accomplishment, that you can do so much more ... is what is being offered by Achilles. Incredible program, great sense of "family" and support - it's become a major focus of my life, because I believe in what is being done, without huge amounts of money being spent on administrative paperwork and excess staff. BRAVO ACHILLES!!!

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

seeing recently wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan CROSS THE FINISH LINE of a marathon ... in LA, Boston, Chicago, DC and NYC!!!

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

Have more staff available for recruiting and training at VA hospitals all across the country, and not just Walter Reed, Balboa and Brooke.

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

seeing the FACES of these men and women when they cross the line, and get a medal put around their neck, while their spouse and family looks on.

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

extremely dedicated, personable, and willing to help wherever needed.

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

Have it's own 'CLUBHOUSE' where athletes could meet, and history could be displayed like a museum of accomplishment of our wounded vets, mentored by other athletes with disabilities. More trainers could be available to recruit and get vets into marathons

Ways to make it better...

MORE veterans could have been part of the team. Often either the funds are limited since the vets and their families participate at no cost to them,OR it's a marathon that limits the slots available for the vets.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continued fundraising in a weakened economy ... men and women are still returning from the war and NEED THE FOCUSED attention and program that Achilles can offer, without huge delays in paperwork.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Many organizations have millions of dollars, and don't come close to putting out the program Achilles does with their limited budget. Imagine if Achilles had more to work with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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8 people found this review helpful

We at Air Compassion for Veterans have worked with Achilles International now for two months. We have been providing free flights for wounded warriors and their adversely affected family members so they can participate in the wonderful events Achilles offers. For a wounded warrior to compete in these events, renews a sense of accomplishment and being able to overcome the handicap that their injury produced. This is a wonderful organization.

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

seeing the profound improvement in the self esteem of the wounded participating.

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

helping them work their miracles.

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

Very professional.

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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1 person found this review helpful

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

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

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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