OK, so last week I announced that Cheryl and I are no longer supporting “Professional” sports. So, I ran across this flyer in my Bible today for “Challenged Athletes Foundation” (CAF). Their own description from their web site:
“Established in 1997, the Challenged Athletes Foundation recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing unparalleled sports opportunities that lead to success in sports — and in life. ”
I found out about them from a friend at my old church named Joel, who served in Iraq and was severely wounded by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). Joel was a tremendous inspiration to the folks at our old church, and one who deserves our continued support. Joel entered the CAF through one of their programs called “Operation Rebound.”
“Challenged Athletes Foundation’s® (CAF) Operation Rebound® program is the premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities. It provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue active, athletic lifestyles by offering access to funding for equipment and training and competition expenses, Military Medical Center Physical Training (MMCPT) and sports clinics.”
Joel started with them a couple years back and thought he’d like to try skiing. He had never skied before, but took to it like a “duck in water” apparently. His natural gifts and abilities were brought out in the sport, in spite of some severe nerve damages suffered from the IED explosion. I always admired Joel for his courage and tenacity, and I think these are the only athletes I want to support from now on. I talked with Cheryl about it and she is in complete agreement.
I’m passing this along to you all in that spirit hoping that you’ll be moved to support these folks as well.