Sometimes I stumble across the most wonderful organizations or events because some wonderful people are doing wonderful things with them. Here's an example: I just learned about the Challenged Athletes Foundation because a friend of mine is involved in a fundraiser for them. More about that later.
If you where born healthy with all of your body parts in order and no illnesses to slow you down, you might not have ever thought about how much some folks would like to participate in sports and athletics but can't for lack of equipment. I'm not talking about a baseball bat or a ball. If you have special needs, you just might also need special equipment. Adaptive sports equipment like basketball wheelchairs cost up to $5,000, while running prosthetics can cost more than $30,000. That's just part of it. Only one in ten physically challenged people participate in sports and the main reason for that is they simply don't have the resources they need to succeed.
Using those special basketball wheelchair can require some instruction. Learning to swim when you lack a limb (or limbs) requires special coaching. Insurance typically doesn't cover these expenses. Challenged athletes may very well want to participate in athletics and feel the rush of competition, but they face a major obstacle. The Challenged Athletes Foundation is around to help.
My friend Bill McCarty is helping CAF. Truth be told, he helps a LOT of different causes. The man is a saint. I'm not sure how he finds the time or energy to do all he does, but this one is incredible. CAF needs big dollars because of the high costs involved in the grants it provides. I'd love to give you great detail, but there simply isn't space here to do it justice. I do urge you to visit their website at http://www.challengedathletes.org to find out more. There is a lot of information there including many ways you can get involved.
Now, about Bill's fundraising efforts that I mentioned back in the beginning. You can help him! Click HERE to go to his personal secure fundraising page. You can donate any amount from $5 up and it all helps him reach the ambitious goal he set for himself of $6,000. Tell your friends too. This is a great way to help a great organization.