The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is responsible for distributing $3.5 MILLION DOLLARS in funds to support 1,709 GRANTS, supplying equipment and competition expenses to challenged athletes in over 60 SPORTS. And that’s just 2015!
Over the last 21 years, CAF has made a huge impact on the global athletic community. And while SKLZ has proudly supported their annual fundraiser, the Million Dollar Challenge, for 5 years running, we see an opportunity to help prepare their athletes for sport all year long.
Building on the strengths of each organization, this partnership will yield big things for the community:
Beep Baseball provides visually impaired athletes the opportunity to play America’s favorite sport. Through a ball that beeps and bases that buzz, players are able to use things other than sight to play the game.
Power Soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. Two teams of four players attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in a skilled and challenging game similar to able-bodied soccer.
Blind and visually impaired golf is played with the assistance of a sighted coach. As a team, golfers and coaches are expected to follow the established rules of golf with the exception of being able to ground a club in a hazard and have the coach stand behind the golfer when lining up a putt.
Wheelchair basketball was first introduced in World War II and is now one of the top sports for disabled athletes. It is played with teams of five players each and the measurements of the court and the height of the baskets are the same as in able-bodied basketball.
Coming soon: a closer look at some of CAF’s incredible athletes.
Kelsey Olanoff Kelsey is SKLZ's Digital Brand Manager, bringing the company's thought leadership and product innovation to athletes everywhere through this blog, the SKLZ website and all your favorite social platforms. While soccer has her heart (she played DI soccer at UCSB), she spends a lot of her outdoor time running, hiking and standup paddleboarding. View all posts by Kelsey Olanoff