The money raised from the T-shirt fundraiser will go directly to the Achilles Kids Central Park workout program to pay for
race entry fees for the kids.
Who We Are: Achilles Kids is a non-profit running program for children with disabilities. It is part of the Achilles International non-profit organization. The kids program has three components, one of which is the Central Park workout. The Central Park workouts take place almost every Saturday throughout the year. At the workout kids are paired with a running guide and they complete laps around the reservoir. Each lap is 1.6 miles.
How Our Kids Benefit: At the workouts kids learn responsibility, positive ways to interact with other runners and guides, how to set and achieve goals, and so much more, all the while growing as runners and community members in a safe and supportive environment.
What Our Kids Do: Throughout the year the kids take part in a number of races ranging from 1 mile to 13.1 miles. The Achilles Kids program pays the entry fees for the kids to race so that any child who would like to participate in a race is able to do so! Races are by far the kids’ favorite part of the program. Running alongside so many other runners and getting to cross a finish line is a truly incredible accomplishment! And the look on each and every child’s face when they cross that finish line is priceless.
Races We Run In: Upcoming races planned for the kids are the Hope and Possibility 4 Mile, the 5th Ave Mile, and the Dash to the Finish 5K. Other races the children have run include: the Yankee Stadium 5K, Brooklyn Rock-N-Roll half marathon, Central Park 10K, St. Paddy’s Day 5K, Salsa and Blues 5K, Terry Fox Run 5k, and more!
Logistics: You can pick up your shirt at the Achilles office, at one of our Achilles Kids Central Park workouts (July 7th or July 13th), or at the Hope and Possibility race on Sunday, June 23rd. Click this link to order a shirt. You can pay for the shirts via venmo! We are @achilles-international on the venmo app!
We Can Ship It: If you live out of state and need your shirt shipped to you, there is an additional $5 shipping and handling fee. The $5 will be added on to your shirt price automatically.
A Big Thanks: Thank you for supporting our incredible and inspiring kids and giving them the opportunity to run more races and achieve their goals! Please share this fundraiser with your family, friends, and community. And if you know of a child or an adult volunteer who would be interested in the Central Park workouts, please email Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two of our many Achilles Kids athletes!
Charlotte M. "Because of Achilles Kids, Charlotte has gained confidence, met wonderful running buddies and met other terrific kids. The program has helped her develop a love of running, an enjoyment of exercise and she has now brought her younger brother to the Saturday runs and races! She was also inspired to raise money for Achilles kids for her Bat Mitzvah project! We love Achilles kids and are truly thankful for all the love that Charlotte has received!" – Lisa M. (Charlotte’s mom)
Elijah: "Running with Achilles was a turning point for Elijah. He realized how far he could go physically, and came into his own as an athlete. Elijah talks constantly about Achilles and the friends he meets there.” (Betsy J. Elijah's mom)