Challenged Athletes Foundation Awards $1.438 Million in Funds to a Record 980 Physically Challenged Individuals in 22 Countries

  • April 26th, 2011

    San Diego, Calif. – Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF), a world leader in helping individuals with physical disabilities get involved and stay involved in sports, today announced the distribution of more than $1.4 million in funds to a record 980 individual grant recipients in 22 countries as part of its annual Access for Athletes program grant distribution. The funds will help pay for adaptive sports equipment not typically covered by insurance, training and coaching expenses, and competitions. Supporting the athletic endeavors of physically challenged individuals of all ages, disabilities and ability levels leads to their success in sports and life.

    “Through the unwavering dedication and support of our fundraisers, sponsors and donors, the Challenged Athletes Foundation was able to assist more physically challenged individuals than ever before,” said Virginia Tinley, CAF’s Executive Director. “We’ve seen firsthand how involvement in sports increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances the quality of life for people with physical disabilities. Every recipient of an Access for Athletes grant will have his or her life changed in an incredibly positive way and we are honored to provide these much needed funds.”

    Thanks to contributions CAF received in 2010 through its fundraising events, sponsors and donors, hope and opportunity was delivered to a record number of physically challenged athletes through CAF’s 2011 Access for Athletes grant distribution.

    Highlights of the grant distribution include:

    • 980 athlete grants awarded (80% of all applicants)
    • 54% were new grantees
    • Most requested equipment items were: basketball chairs (120); handcycles (104); and sports prosthetics (54)
    • Grants were used to participate in 48 different sports activities

    “Access for Athletes is the beating heart of CAF’s mission, providing the adaptive equipment and financial support that challenged athletes need to succeed in sports – and in the game of life,” said Roy H. Perkins, CAF’s Senior Director of Programs and Strategic Development.  “We believe our approach is unique in the world of disability sports and we are proud to now have delivered the priceless gift of an active lifestyle to more than 5,700 individuals in 25 countries since the program started.”

    Access for Athletes bridges the gap between physical rehabilitation and a return to an active lifestyle. Stepping in where medical treatment, rehabilitation and health insurance ends, Access for Athletes provides funding grants for adaptive sport equipment, training and coaching expenses and competitions. Grant applications are accepted once a year between September 1 and December 1, and evaluated and distributed annually in April. Please visit for more information.


    Challenged Athletes Foundation

    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 $30 million has been raised and almost 5,000 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 or call 858-866-0959.