Having a disability shouldn’t interfere with achieving your goals, period. However, it’s easier said than done. Whether you just returned from war, recovering from an accident, or were born with a disability – it’s extremely common for these traumatic experiences to lead to alcohol abuse, drugs, and depression.
Often times, it requires the support of a community. That community is Achilles International. While we focus primarily on athletic achievements and goals, we believe athletics and its pursuit is a microcosm of life. The journey of racing a triathlon teaches teamwork, punctuality, attention to detail, perseverance, performing under pressure, and most importantly - never giving up. These are just some of the life skills developed that undeniably have a positive trickle effect to other aspects of their personal, academic, and professional life.
And so…our mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.
The New York Achilles Triathlon Team introduces individuals with disabilities to multi-sport competitions on a local, national, and global level (Hello, Paralympics!). Many prospective athletes with no previous athletic experience are coached to swim, bike, and run with the goal of competing in reputable triathlon races. We compete in as many as six races every year.
The New York Achilles Triathlon Team is unique in a lot of ways! Here’s a few:
- Inclusive - We embrace, support, and develop the widest spectrum of athletes with varying disabilities. This includes complete and partial blindness, single and double amputations of both lower and upper extremities, traumatic brain injuries, polio, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and more.
- Diversity - The triathlon demographic in the U.S. consists of 88.2% Caucasian/White with an average income of $126,000. Whereas the Achilles Triathlon Team is 38.2% ethnic minorities. On their own, many of our athletes wouldn’t be able to afford the opportunity to pursue their athletic goals without support from Achilles International.
- Community - The triathlon team meets weekly for swim practice and twice weekly for running and bicycling. For those who need it, we pair athletes with the best volunteers. Not only can we be found swimming in the pool, running & biking in central park — but we can also be found having fun together as friends in a local restaurant.
Your vote means so much more than a weekend’s worth of instruction.
Your vote will directly change the lives of people who are no different than…you.