CAF Day: Challenged Athletes Foundation celebrates 25th anniversary
The Challenged Athletes Foundation(CAF) is being recognized for 25 years of service. Today, San Diego City Council will proclaim the day “CAF Day” in honor of the foundation and the work it does to help athletes with physical disabilities.
Bob Babbitt, CAF Co-founder, and CAF athletes Jami Goldman-Marseilles and Carlos Moleda visited the studio to share the good news and talk about their mission.
Headquartered in District 6, the Challenged Athletes Foundation provides opportunities and support to individuals with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence, and enhances quality of life.
“I’m honored to recognize the Challenged Athletes Foundation for their 25 years of service. CAF enhances the quality of life for passionate and motivated athletes who continually challenge themselves every day,” stated Councilmember Chris Cate, District 6.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation has raised $100 million dollars and provided 23,000 individual grants for adaptive sports equipment, training, travel, and competition expenses.
“We started 25 years ago with a humble vision to help one injured friend, Jim MacLaren,” said Virginia Tinley, Chief Executive Director. “With the passion and dedication of supporters and Challenged Athletes alike, we started a movement where Challenged Athletes have changed perceptions and taught us all what we can overcome with strength, perseverance and community support. I’m proud that CAF has been a major source of that support by providing 23,000 individual grants worldwide across 95 different sports to get individuals with physical challenges back into the game of life.”