With a shared a commitment to improving the lives of others and making a
difference in our community, the YMCA of San Diego County is pleased to
announce a partnership with the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF).
Beginning Feb. 1, 2013, more than 150 San Diego based physically
challenged athletes and their immediate families will receive a
complimentary lifetime Y Family Membership.
"Because the Y is for everyone, we bring together children, adults and
families of all abilities like no other organization can," said Baron
Herdelin-Doherty, President and CEO, YMCA of San Diego County. "We want
to give back and support our neighbors. We hope to assist and provide
these incredible challenged athletes with the guidance and resources
needed to achieve greater health and well-being for spirit, mind and
Established in 1997, CAF grew out of a desire to assist one athlete
paralyzed in a triathlon. From this modest beginning arose a more
important mission to make sure people with physical challenges have the
same freedom to enjoy sports as everyone else. Today, the Challenged
Athletes Foundation has raised more than $40 million and funded close to
7,000 grant requests from challenged athletes around the world.
Beginning Feb. 5, 2013, qualifying CAF challenged athletes are
encouraged to visit their local Y branch to sign up for their family
membership. Qualification inquiries can be sent to Travis Ricks at Travis@challengedathletes.org.
Belonging to the Y means challenged athletes will be able to find a safe
and encouraging environment to participate in sports and physical
activities. It will provide a positive atmosphere for their children to
learn values, social skills and behaviors, where their family can come
together to have fun and spend quality time with each other, connect
with friends, pursue interests and learn how to live healthier. Visit
ymca.org to find your local Y.
Y Membership Benefits:
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping
individuals with physical challenges get involved - and stay involved -
in sports. CAF believes that participation in sports at any level
increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of
life. Since 1994, more than $40 million has been raised and almost 7,000
funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and dozens of
countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF's outreach efforts
reach another 60,000 individuals each year. Whether it's a $2,500 grant
for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not
covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a
mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF's mission is
clear: give those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles
every opportunity to compete in the sports they love. To learn more, log
on to www.challengedathletes.org
or call 858-866-0959.
About The YMCA of San Diego County
The YMCA of San Diego County is the second largest Y in the nation
serving hundreds of thousands of San Diego County residents and
employing more than 4,500 people. Through a variety of programs and
services focused on youth development, healthy living and social
responsibility, the Y unites men, women and children - regardless of
age, income or background - to nurture the potential of children and
teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide
opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The YMCA of San Diego
County is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to
helping all people realize their fullest potential as children of God
through the development of the spirit, mind and body. Visit www.ymca.org
to find your local YMCA or call (858) 292-YMCA (9622).
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