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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

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm partially sighted runner and I'm in touch with Achilles for more than year. They are really perfect organisation. They made my dreams reality and my life more colorful. In November I am taking part in New York City Marathon. I can't wait for that :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I ran the first ever marathon of my life in New York City thanks to Achilles International and Achilles Hungary. It was an unbelievable, amazing experience, to run in that special city, surrounded by crowds of cheering people and thousands of other runners. I'm grateful for this once in a lifetime experience.

Marcus F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Quando conseguimos viabilizar ao PNE a participação num evento de corrida de rua (ou caminhada), estamos, na verdade, levando-o a experimentação da alegria, da emoção, da satisfação, da superação, da confraternização, entre outras sensações inerentes a pratica da corrida de rua.
Este bem estar, acompanha o ACD após o evento, contagiando seus familiares, amigos e todos aqueles com quem convive.
Além dos benefícios sociológicos, esta pratica saudável, influencia positivamente na saúde física e mental do individuo.

Contudo, a pratica de corrida de rua tem um custo, que para o ACD é ainda maior devido a outras demandas, que frequentemente dificultam ou inviabilizam a pratica frequente.

Neste contexto, o ACHILLES, que já espalhou sua filosofia pelos 5 continentes, em mais de 72 países, vem atuando, sempre buscando formas de apoiar e incentivar o ACD.

Eu, como ACD, só tenho a agradecer e parabenizar o ACHILLES.

“Por vezes sentimos que aquilo que fazemos não é senão uma gota de água no mar. Mas o mar seria menor se lhe faltasse uma gota.”
Madre Teresa de Calcutá

Jodie Mathews B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has totally changed the life of my husband who is a disabled veteran from the Air Force. My husband was placed in a wheelchair only 3 months after we were married and he thought the worst thing in the world was happening. He couldn't function and his mind was in a deep dark place.
Then we discovered Achilles. We were put in contact with the best woman in the world Janet Patton and through her hard work and labor and the generosity of the entire Achilles family, my husband has something to look forward to every year. He is now a member of the Achilles Freedom Racing Team and races in marathons a few times a year. Achilles helped him to get outdoors and be active in a handcycle even though he is in a wheelchair from injuries sustained from being in the war overseas. We LOVE Achilles and are so grateful that they help us to be able to get outdoors and be active despite injuries.
Achilles not only helps veterans, but anyone with disabilies! They are the most generous organization I have ever been apart of. I am so glad and thankful for everyone of them. They have such big hearts and always have a smiling face. Achilles is truly the BEST Nonprofit in this country!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped my family with more than just handcycling. They helped my husband realize that his life was not over. He could still do the things he loved but in a different way. Because of their support my husband has gotten to be one of the best handcyclists in the USA. He could not have done what he's done without Achilles and the amazing family we have there

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am David from Hungary and I run my 2nd marathon in NY at 2015 thanks for the Achilles and the Achilles Hungary. I am visually imparied, so I need help for the running.
It was a huge experience and I would like to say a big thank you for this oportunality for all the organisors and donors also. It was really nice to see how many people were together to help us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff is very supportive and goes the extra mile to help. Events are well managed and organized . Highlight of my year is attending an Achilles event .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been riding and racing with Achilles International for 5 years now and they are an amazing organization. Joe and Janet are the backbone of this group and they do such an amazing job at every event I attend with them. They go above and beyond for everyone they work with. When you are with Achilles, you are more than just a name, you are family. Every marathon I’ve attended with Achilles, there is a great group of athletes, staff, and volunteers that make each weekend memorable for everyone. However, it also leaves you sad that you have to leave all your great family and friends when it’s over.
I have seen wounded veterans come to a marathon with Achilles and when the weekend started, you couldn’t get them to say 2 words to anyone. And then by the time they’ve finished their first marathon, they are beaming with joy and a sense of accomplishment. Then, they come out of their shell. By the time they’ve done their second or third marathon, they are welcoming the new members and helping them out! I know because this is exactly how I was during my first race with Achilles.
Achilles does such an amazing job helping people with all sorts of disablilties accomplish their goals no matter what they are. Everyone matters to Achilles. They are such a great benefit to the entire disable community. I have seen them change lives.

1 Earl G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I never thought I'd run a marathon, even when I had all my limbs. When I was introduced to the Achilles Freedom Team, I saw other service members who are in similar situations like myself but stepping out of their comfort zone and smashing physical goals. The Freedom Team has given our disabled veterans a chance to still be athletes and realize to the rest of society that there's no being sorry for us, just be inspired.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Achilles International has positively changed my outlook on life. After suffering from a permanent spinal cord injury in 2012, I lost my physical ability to participate and/or compete in organized sports. Achilles not only provided me with an opportunity to hand cycle, but they've eliminated the barriers that a person with disabilities would have to endure (travel expenses, lodging costs, start & finish line transportation, equipment maintenance, etc...) in order to participate in large, organized events throughout the nation. Most notably, in my experience, is their willingness to boost the morale of wounded veterans and their families by creating opportunities for them to integrate back into community events. They have became family to many of whom they serve.

1 Cindy220

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter belongs to the Pikes Peek chapter. She has Cerebral Palsy and Cortical Vision Impairment. Her disabilities require her to have a guide runner. Achilles allows her to participate in an activity that she loves, running. My daughter has waited what seems like a lifetime to find a group that she belongs in. Winning races with a PC category has been an added bonus:) In the short time she's been attending Achilles, the group has become part of our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Achilles in Houston Texas, a few years ago and I found a home.
The support and acceptance of all levels of disabilities is amazing. Achilles allows us to expand our abilities in sports and to discover that this applies to everyday life.
Anyone with any level of disability is welcomed...all is needed is a desire and willingness to try.
Achilles gives people a safe place to try and excel at something new.
I can't recommend these guys enough.

2 Greg75

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Achilles International in 2010, and was added to the Achilles Freedom Team as an adaptive wounded veteran handcyclist. My first race was the Marine Corps Marathon. I was blown away by the atmosphere and love that was poured out of the Achilles staff members for each individual. They made the experience memorable with their family-style approach to event planning. On November 6, 2016, I will participate in the New York Marathon, making it my eighth marathon with Achilles. In addition to marathons, I execute fundraising campaigns to give back for all they've done for my family and I over the past six years. Achilles is family. Achilles is a movement that breaks down barriers and removes the 'dis' from disability.

1 Kathleen123

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cried the day I filled out my application to join. I was 50 years old and all of a sudden my vision made running unsafe. I was so nervous the first day I went but EVERYONE welcomed me and helped make me comfortable.
I went from not wanting to get out of bed in the mornings back to living! The other athletes have been helpful and supportive and taught me about accepting life with a disability. The volunteers - there is just no way to explain how their selflessness impacts me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Achilles changed my husband'a life. He saw other disabled men, and it had a profound effect on his self esteem. He now hand cycles every Saturday!

4 Denise147

Client Served

Rating: 5

Achilles International has helped me run in over half of the World Major Marathons, including the New York City, Chicago and Boston Marathons. The best part of Achilles International is the friends from all over the world that I have met through it. I have left sided Cerebral Palsy and Achilles shows all people can exercise no matter what their physical or mental challenges are.

3 Lisa535

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband has been doing marathons with Achilles Freedom Team for two years and it has dramatically improved his outlook on life. Achilles is more like family than a non-profit. They always have race weekends organized and make us feel special. Janet and Joe are amazing and we look forward to many more races with Achilles!

3 LArocho1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.