Dare2tri is an Illinois-based 501(c)3 non-for-profit organization with the mission to positively impact the lives of athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments by developing their skills in paratriathlon. Dare2tri empowers individuals with disabilities and gives them the opportunity to be physically active, engaged with their community, and helps them set and reach goals. Dare2tri changes lives by boosting individuals’ self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth.
Since 2011, Dare2tri has worked with athletes of all ability levels from beginner to elite by serving youth, adults, and injured service members who have a physical disability such as amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and those with visual impairments and blindness.
Seeing the need for triathlon in the adaptive sport community and having a passion for the sport, Keri Serota, Dan Tun, and Melissa Stockwell banded together to start Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club, a 501(c)(3) organization.
With its 2011 inception, Dare2tri enlisted the help of head coach Stacee Seay and secured partnerships with Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) and the Chicago Park District to create the perfect blend of skills and support to provide high-quality programs for athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments.
Beginning with only a handful of athletes, Dare2tri has impacted more lives and helped more athletes cross the finish line than ever imagined. Dare2tri wants to keep the momentum going and continue to inspire many more athletes far into the future.
Dare2tri’s dream and goal is to have a dedicated triathlon training center in the city of Chicago that is universally designed to meet the needs of all Dare2tri athletes, as well as the needs of the triathlon and active community in the city. Dare2tri hopes this will serve as a holistic center that includes training opportunities, recovery areas, healthy-food options, and gathering place for the public to train and socialize. It is Dare2tri’s belief that triathlon and sports can bring everyone together and highlight similarities, rather than differences. Dare2tri hopes to serve athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments across the country to ensure that all who want to be active and TRI can.