Achilles International

Story of Achilles International

Since 1983, when founder Dick Traum’s first Central Park gathering of disabled runners began to train and encourage each other, Achilles chapter workouts have brought athletes together in cities and towns throughout the world. The key element of success in chapter workouts is the strong community of friendship and support that forms among members.

Chapter running groups contain a mix of members and volunteers who meet and train on a regular schedule, once or twice a week. The workouts aren’t intended to push participants beyond their capabilities, but rather are focused on encouraging them to set goals, measure successes, and to value their accomplishments. In training and racing together, disabled and able-bodied athletes learn to support each other and focus on the things that make them similar, rather than their differences.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote inclusivity and empower individuals with special needs to overcome their limitations. We strive to provide opportunities for them to participate in athletic programs, develop their skills, and gain confidence. Through our efforts, we aim to inspire hope and create a supportive community that celebrates the abilities of every individual.

Our Core Values

Inclusivity: We believe in creating a society where everyone has equal opportunities and is valued for their abilities.
Empowerment: We empower individuals to challenge themselves, set goals, and achieve success in their lives.
Compassion: We approach our work with empathy and understanding, ensuring that each individual feels supported and cared for.

Our Approach

We follow a holistic approach to support our athletes and help them overcome their challenges.

Individualized Support

We provide personalized support to every individual, tailoring our programs to their specific needs and goals.

Community Engagement

We foster a sense of belonging by creating opportunities for individuals to engage with the community and build meaningful connections.

Continuous Growth

We believe in lifelong learning and growth, constantly seeking ways to enhance our programs and empower individuals to reach their full potential.

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