IMPACT REPORT

 
 Dare2tri 2018 Impact Report. Althete in racing chair coming down the finish line shoot at Leon’s Triathlon.
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MESSAGE FROM KERI

Dare2tri was founded in 2011 to provide the opportunity for those with physical disabilities and visual impairments to be engaged in inclusive community recreation. What began with 8 participants has now grow to serve more than 350 each year and includes a wide range of programs, over 30 partnerships, and a community with thousands of lives impacted.

WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!

Thank you for your continued belief in our mission.

—Keri Serota, Executive Director & Co-Founder

 Guide and Athlete ride a tandem bike on the bike path near Lake Michigan. “WE BELIEVE WHAT YOU LEARN FROM CHALLENGING YOURSELF PHYSICALLY CARRIES OVER INTO CONFIDENCE AND SUCCESS IN LIFE.”

 Dare2tri athlete and arm amputee flexes his muscles at the finish line.

OUR PARTICIPANTS

91% | FELT SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED CONFIDENCE

87% | STATED DARE2TRI ELIMINATED BARRIERS TO ACTIVITY

80% | FELT LIKE THEIR HEALTH AND WELLNESS IMPROVED

 Bar graph showing increase in participant numbers from 2013 to 2018. 2018: Total Athletes 358, Injured Military 120, Non-Vet Adults 146, Kids 92. Also a pie chart showing disabilities served. 12% Amputee, 24% Blind/Visually Impaired, 13% Cerebral Palsy, 4% Spina Bifida, 17% Spinal Cord Injury, 7% Stroke/TBI, 2% Muscular Dystrophy, 21% Other.

DARE2TRI RESPONDING TO NEEDS

MANY PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS FACE SIGNIFICANT BARRIERS TO BEING PHYSICALLY ACTIVE.

| Barriers |

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PROBLEM

No access to adaptive equipment, transportation, or accessible facilities.

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PROBLEM

Limited opportunities to be physically active or receive adequate coaching.

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PROBLEM

Costs associated with being physically active can be a barrier to participation.


| DARE2TRI Solutions |

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SOLUTION

Dare2tri provides adaptive equipment, transportation in our ADA bus, and access to accessible facilities through partnerships with organizations like Chicago Park District.

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SOLUTION

Dare2tri offers year-round programs and practices that give athletes the chance to learn and exercise alongside peers.

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SOLUTION

Dare2tri provides scholarships and a fund—the Ability Fund—to cover expenses related to participation.


| 2018 RESULTs |

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RESULT

59 | Pieces of adaptive equipment on hand

52 | Athletes transported to events

18 | Accessible facilities used

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RESULT

6762 | Program hours provided

27 | Skilled coaches to instruct athletes

16 | Distinct programs

425 | Volunteers ready to help

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RESULT

$32,000 | Ability Fund grants to athletes

$12,000 | Provided in scholarships for camps and races

$11,900 | For travel stipends


 Chele runs on a running blade for the first time since her accident in 1997.

Meet Chele

Chele has been part of the Dare2tri community for 3 years. This year our community witnessed the sounds and tears of joy as Chele took her first strides on a running blade.

“I am so deeply moved by my experience. I find it hard to articulate my feelings. I ran for the first time since my injury in 1997. Dare2tri took away my final “I can’t.” I am no longer going to be a relay athlete, 2019 is my year to complete an entire triathlon. I am an official triathlete because Dare2tri believed in me.”

Meet Jeremy

Jeremy had never been to a Dare2tri event before, his disability had kept him inactive for years. On the last day of camp our volunteers, coaches, and fellow athletes cheered as Jeremy crossed the finish line for the first time in our “Tri it” Triathlon. 

“I had been down so long, I was terrified yet excited to get back up. It was amazing to be inspired by the other athletes as well as challenged by each of the elements. Dare2tri’s camp was never on my radar before but it truly out preformed my novice expectations. I have new goals as well as a new perspective of how I assess myself.”

 Jeremy rides a hand cycle in Dare2tri’s “Tri It” triathlon. He is followed by a Dare2tri volunteer.

2018

A YEAR OF FIRSTS

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Visually impaired athletes attended Paratriathlon Camp (and 6 service dogs!)

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Adults and kids completed our Adaptive Learn2swim program (the first of its kind in Chicago!)


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Youth crossed their first finish line at Kids Camp

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Loads of gear, supplies, and equipment were hauled in our brand new, generously donated Subaru Outback


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Employees from Calpine Energy Solutions participated in our first team building and volunteer experience


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Elite, Development, and Jr Development athletes (our biggest team yet!)

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Race2Raise team members raised over $45,000 for Dare2tri (the most to date!)


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Athletes missing a lower limb ran for the first time