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About CAF

Established in 1997, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing grants for training, competition and equipment needs. CAF grew out of a desire to assist one athlete – trailblazing below-knee-amputee endurance racer Jim MacLaren – who suffered a devastating second accident while competing in a triathlon. Hit by a car during the bike segment of the race, Jim was paralyzed from the neck down. His many friends quickly decided to raise funds for his recovery, and organized the first San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) – an annual fundraising triathlon event at La Jolla Cove. From this modest beginning arose a more important mission – to make sure that people with physical challenges have the same freedom to enjoy sports that the rest of us take for granted. To date CAF has raised more than $50 million providing handcycles, sportschairs, and hi-tech prosthetic limbs; while offering hope, confidence, and self-esteem along the way. To learn more about how CAF is making a difference, visit:

To make a donation to CAF in support of one of our Everest Executive Challenge members, visit: and click on "Sponsor Participant" to find the member's name if you don't see it listed as a "Top Fundraiser" on the right. Thank you for your support!

Challenged Athletes Foundation

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