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.
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.