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Catch a Rising Star

Challenged Athletes Foundation's® (CAF) Catch a Rising Star (CRS) provides post-rehabilitation support and mentoring to individuals who have suffered a traumatic injury, have a physically impairing disease or were born with a congenital impairment resulting in a physical disability. Through fun, interactive, non-threatening clinics providing instruction in basic sports skills — like swimming, running and handcycling — CAF allows each participating individual to develop the confidence they need to reach their fitness goals. Each clinic is led by a recognized expert and past CAF grant recipients and ambassadors of sport serve as the mentors and role models for the next wave of challenged athletes.


Catch a Rising Star is designed for individuals with physical challenges who desire a balanced life of work, family, friends and fitness. Whether you want to learn how to run, swim, ride a bike or a handcycle, or compete in a triathlon, this program will provide you the opportunities, knowledge and confidence you need for a lifetime of athletic activity. CAF currently conducts clinics in California, New York, Illinois, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, North Carolina, and Florida and is adding new locations each year.

For more information please contact Travis Ricks, Programs Manager, at 858.210.3524 or travis@challengedathletes.org.

It's hard to believe that not even a year ago I was laying in a hospital bed without my limb not knowing where to turn next. I'm incredibly appreciative that I now know so many people in the athletic community who face the same challenges that I do.

— Denise Castelli, 23-years-old, below knee amputee