There is no greater goal for a parent than to see their child succeed. CAF is proud to have supported Delmace Mayo over the last few years and thrilled to see the on-going, life changing power of a grant. Here is a thank you letter and update from Delmace Mayo’s mom, Cathy, his biggest fan and greatest supporter.

Dear CAF,

Delmace and I wanted to personally reach out and thank each of you for honoring him with a CAF grant again this year.  We are super excited to be returning to SDTC this coming October!  When we attended two years ago, it was by far one of the most amazing experiences of both of our lives, and we can’t wait to make more memories this year.

We also wanted to update you on some of Delmace’s accomplishments this past year; many of which would not have been possible without the support and backing of CAF. Delmace continues to be active in a number of adaptive sports, most notably, sled hockey, wheelchair basketball, and WCMX.   

 He proudly displays his CAF stickers on all of his adaptive equipment, and tries to wear his CAF shirts to as many events and practices as possible.  

His new sled hockey team is the Boston Shamrocks.  This season he played on both the youth team and the adult team.  Playing with the adults was a BIG challenge for him, but he tackled it head-on and his hockey skills improved tremendously over the course of the season.  

In basketball, Delmace continues to train and play with professional wheelchair basketball player Ryan Martin in his youth development program. Ryan and the other coaches in this program are phenomenal teachers and Delmace continues to learn so much from them!

His very first CAF grant was an equipment grant for his own basketball wheelchair and it continues to serve him well. 

Delmace continues to practice WCMX every chance he gets!  He is at the skatepark several times a week until the New England snow and cold weather force him out.  At the 2016 WCMX Worlds, Delmace placed 3rd in the Intermediate division, competing against both kids and adults.  At the LRO event in July of last year, he won the award for “Best Overall Grom”.   This past April he returned to TX to compete in the 2017 World Championships, and this time he rolled away with 1st place in the Intermediate division! 

Thank you SO much Challenged Athletes Foundation for helping me to provide Delmace with all of these amazing opportunities!  

The specific sports skills he has learned and successes are only a small fraction of what he has truly gained from your continued support of him.  Thank you for giving him the opportunity to meet and work with amazing athletes from around the globe.  Thank you for giving him the opportunity to form lasting friendships with people he would not have otherwise had the chance to meet.  And thank you for continuing to believe in him, and helping him to see that dreams are possible when people work together.  We are truly blessed to have CAF in our lives.

Sincerely,

Cathy Mayo