Since 1994, we have been committed to creating opportunities so individuals with physical challenges can live full, healthy and active lives.
Millions of individuals living with physical challenges do not have access to the critical adaptive sports equipment and programming needed to be active.
Most insurance companies do not cover adaptive sports equipment and many individuals with physical challenges simply cannot afford it. Here are some examples of costs:
2 running prosthetics for a bilateral amputee
Single running prosthetic for a single amputee
Custom sport wheelchair for sports like wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, and wheelchair rugby.
High performance racing wheelchair.
Training expenses for personal training, cross-fit, martial arts, and more.
Travel funds needed to attend an adaptive sports camp, clinic, or competition.
We support individuals with physical challenges who want to get involved in sports and be active. Here are a few examples of common disabilities and causes we support:
29% of grants globally funded are for youth athletes under 18. We strive to reach challenged athletes at a young age to ensure they have access to a full, active life.
We support athletes who strive to be more competitive by awarding grants for specialized adaptive sports training, competition and travel expenses.
In an Olympic/Paralympic year, CAF will have supported 40%-50% of Team USA Athletes on their athletic journey.
Over 40,000 individual grants awarded to individuals with physical challenges across 104 sports, all 50 states and 70 countries
Every year we hold adaptive sports camps and clinics for various sports including Running & Mobility clinics with our partner Össur.
We put an emphasis on creating a community and mentorship so individuals with physical challenges can connect and learn from one another.
In 1994, CAF’s inaugural year, one grant was given for an adaptive van to help Jim MacLaren regain his independence. Since then, CAF has awarded over 40,000 individual grants to individuals with physical disabilities from around the world.
In 1994, CAF funded one grant to a former triathlete. Today, CAF funds grants in 104 different sports including surfing, CrossFit, wheelchair basketball, and WCMX.
29 years ago, young athletes with physical challenges lacked mentors and role models to show them what was possible. They had to become trailblazers. Now, those trailblazers have become mentors to the next generation.
In 1994, three challenged athletes participated in CAF’s San Diego Triathlon Challenge. This year, over 200 challenged athletes and their families will participate in the weekend of events.
In 1994 very few individuals had access to specialized adaptive sports equipment. Now, thanks to CAF’s partnership with Össur, Per4max, Box wheelchairs and more, thousands of individuals have access to the latest technology.
29 years ago, 471 athletes competed in the Paralympic games. In the 2020 Paralympic games in Tokyo, 4,403 athletes competed and over half of Team USA was supported by CAF.