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Project N.Ex.T.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation's® (CAF) newest program — Project N.Ex.T. (New Expectations Today) — connects physically disabled mentees in San Diego County with similarly disabled mentors who provide one-on-one support as role models and partners as the mentee begins to engage (or re-engage) in physical activities and participate in sports. The goal of the program is to educate the mentee about available opportunities and create a supportive and productive environment to help foster their recovery — leading to better and more successful outcomes.

Once the mentee is ready for activity, the program provides them with the support and equipment they need to engage in an active lifestyle. Specifically, Project N.Ex.T. mentees receive:

  • Personalized support from a mentor with a similar disability and background.
  • Advice and tips about how to be successful in physical activities and sports.
  • Access to CAF financial support and community resources that promote involvement in sports and provide opportunities for participation in sports.
  • Opportunities to meet and make friends with people with similar interests.
  • The confidence and independence needed to live an active, healthy lifestyle

Mentees (ages 8 and up) drawn from the full spectrum of physical disabilities are welcome. There is a minimum one year commitment required (at will participation). There is no cost to participate. Read more about becoming a mentor, or complete the mentor application. If you live in San Diego Country and want to participate as a Project N.Ex.T mentee, complete an adult application or youth application.

Check out the mentor application or mentee application if you live in San Diego County and want to be a part of Project N.Ex.T.

For more information please call our Program Coordinator, Travis Ricks at 858.210.3524, or email him at: 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