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Adaptive Programs at the Deni & Jeff Jacobs Challenged Athlete Center

Adaptive Yoga – January 12th, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Adaptive yoga strengthens the connection between the mind and the body. Benefits include increased flexibility, greater sense of balance, increased strength, mental clarity, and overall well-being. This adaptive class, led by Alisha Welch, focuses on individuals living with mobility disabilities, such as partial or total paralysis, amputation, severe spinal cord injury, severe arthritis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, head injury, spina bifida and cerebral palsy. In addition to her 12 years of yoga studies, Alisha has received an Adaptive Yoga teacher training certification from Matthew Sanford. She expects to continue to learn and share his teachings with students in the disabled community.

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Adaptive Strength & Conditioning – January 19th, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Adaptive Performance Systems (APS) offers the only completely customized, high-intensity training programs for adaptive athletes so you can perform at your highest levels, physically and mentally, for enhanced mobility and athletic excellence. Our world-class training programs are specially designed for amputees and wheelchair athletes and are exactly what separates us from all other fitness trainers in the industry. We effectively retrain and reclaim all the physical ability an amputation or traumatic injury disrupts on a daily basis.

Our workshop series, held at Challenged Athletes Foundation, offers a step-by-step coaching program designed to help re-master fundamental movement, target weak links, and maximize your physical potential. Whether you are a beginner in a prosthesis for the first time or an elite Paralympic athlete, you will walk away from the CAF APS Strength & Conditioning Clinic with hands-on, personalized techniques that you can start using today to improve your strength, mobility, athletic performance and overall physical wellness.

This class will be limited to 8 participants, so sign up today!

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Adaptive Self-Defense – January 30th, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Fighting should be avoided as much as possible. However, if a situation should turn violent or aggressive, the easy-to-learn practical self-defense techniques taught in this class are perfect for you. Greg Fraser has been instructing basic to advanced self-defense for many years and is considered one of the best in San Diego County. He has designed this clinic to help people with any physical challenge – including wheelchair users – learn how to better protect themselves. The class will include instruction on assessing the situation and performing safe self-defense moves.

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Looking for athletes to participate in the  7th Annual Christmas Coma Ride to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation!

When: Saturday, December 26th
100 mile ride: Registration at 6:30AM; Ride at 7:00AM
30/50 mile ride: Registration at 8:30AM; Ride at 9:00 AM

Start/Finish: Barracuda Networks HQ
3175 Winchester Blvd Campbell, California 95008

Course:
30 mile option – For those that want to come out and ride but are not quite up to the 50 mile option this out and back route will let you stretch your legs a bit without worrying about overdoing it. All are welcome. View 30 mile route

The 50 (just a tad over) mile option – adds this loop around the Uvas Reservoir to make it a “lollipop”. View 50 mile route

The 100 mile option – here is the updated map: View 100 mile route

Fee: $50 donation to benefit CAF or $100 donation to include a jersey. VIEW JERSEY HERE (sizing chart available HERE)

See photos from the 2014 Christmas Coma Ride HERE

For questions or athlete registration please contact Jason at jason@challengedathletes.org 

Challenged Athletes Foundation takes pride in the adaptive athletes they support.  Through equipment, travel, and training grants, we are happy to provide the support necessary for those with physical disabilities to achieve a level of success that permeates into all aspects of their life.


 

Kyler“Amputation is not a death sentence and there are others out there who need the hope & inspiration that comes from knowing life does not stop when you lose a limb.”

What started out as a birthmark on Kyler’s foot evolved into a constant source of pain and a thorn in the side of an otherwise athletically inclined child.  Kyler’s family would discover at age 8 that he had an extensive Arterial Venous Malformation (AVM) that was interfering with the normal vasculature of his right foot.

Years of playing soccer through the pain alternated with trips to see a specialist in Denver would eventually lead to a tough decision; the foot would be amputated.

Today, Kyler stands on one foot, trading years of pain for freedom and a chance to retain his active lifestyle without losing an ounce of his determination, positive attitude, or personality.

Kyler has his whole life ahead of him, and losing a foot isn’t going to stop him from everything he lives to gain and accomplish!

Kyler still aspires to be an elite athlete and does his best to not only excel in athletics, but also as a student and considerate, gracious, human being.  CAF is proud to partner with the 2015 Octoberstache campaign to support Kyler.  Follow his journey here: https://www.facebook.com/elcajonfire.octoberstash 

 


 

About Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lifestyles. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $67 million has been raised and over 11,000 funding requests from people with physical challenges in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. To learn more, visit challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.

Challenged Athletes Foundation takes pride in the adaptive athletes they support.  Through equipment, travel, and training grants, we are happy to provide the support necessary for those with physical disabilities to achieve a level of success that permeates into all aspects of their life.


 

 

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Lucas doesn’t walk or talk.  Most of his time is spent in a wheelchair and he requires assistance with the most basic of tasks.  Lucas was born with Lissencephaly, a rare condition in which the brain develops without the normal folds and wrinkles in the cerebral cortex.

But Lucas’s only response to his circumstance is to smile.  The 7-year-old loves to smile, especially when 9-year-old big brother Noah is around.  Lucas’s nonverbal nature doesn’t prevent their relationship in the slightest; a series of glances with a gentle squeeze of the hand or shoulder is all the conversation they need as the two brothers do everything together from watching cartoons to taking walks.

When Noah decided to do a YMCA Kid’s Triathlon, there was no question that, like everything else, Lucas would be at his side.  From pulling Lucas on a raft for the 200m swim, a three mile bike with a trailer, to finally pushing Lucas in a buggy for a mile run, Noah made sure they stayed side by side from start to finish line.

Meanwhile, Lucas loved the whole experience and wore his trademark smile the whole time.  To Noah, seeing his brother happy was well worth the effort, claiming the most exhausting part was simply “Running, because it’s at the end.”  After all, no weight is heavy enough to break the bonds of brotherly love.

See their story on YouTube


 

About Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lifestyles. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $67 million has been raised and over 11,000 funding requests from people with physical challenges in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. To learn more, visit challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.

Challenged Athletes Foundation takes pride in the adaptive athletes they support.  Through equipment, travel, and training grants, we are happy to provide the support necessary for those with physical disabilities to achieve a level of success that permeates into all aspects of their life.


 

 

 

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Cerebral Palsy doesn’t stop Trevor from competing in BMX against able bodied athletes—and winning.

Twelve-year-old Trevor may be shy and slightly fidgety on foot, but as soon as he gets on the BMX track, he is possessed by an overwhelming confidence and focus.  His gracefulness on a bike gives no hint to the fact that Trevor has spastic cerebral palsy, which affects the left side of his body.

Although he may have to approach things differently and work harder than his peers, Trevor isn’t held back in the slightest.

“He doesn’t feel sorry for himself, he just goes and makes it happen,” says Trevor’s father, Shawn DeCloedt.  And that’s exactly what Trevor does.  Trevor competes in the intermediate class against able bodied peers and regularly makes national events, finishing as high as 6th in the state of California.

Shawn says BMX has given his son the opportunity to travel, make friends, and learn how to win and lose with grace.  For Trevor, the sport has not only improved his body, balance, and coordination, it has also strengthened his spirit!

Travis is also a velodrome racer and has his sights set on the 2020 Paralympic games.  CAF is proud to work with Copley Foundation to support Trevor in his endeavors and provide him with a track bike.


 

About Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lifestyles. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $67 million has been raised and over 11,000 funding requests from people with physical challenges in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. To learn more, visit challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.

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