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Achilles International Fall 2012 Newsletter
A Message from the President
NYC Chapter News
Achilles Chapter Update
Freedom Team
Achilles Kids
 Fall 2012 Achilles Newsletter

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Fall 2012
Dick and Achilles - CNN Photo
Dear Achilles Enthusiast!

Below are just a few brief blurbs and photos from our latest newsletter which covers some of the amazing events, accomplishments and triumphs from the past few months. 
From the 10th Annual Hope & Possibility 5 Miler, to the Paratriathlon National Championships in Austin, to the exciting news from our chapters in Nashville, Philadelphia, Japan and many other places near and far, it's been a very busy and amazing time for the Achilles family.
Now that fall is upon us, marathon season is in full swing and the next few months promise to be very exciting as well.
We hope you will enjoy and be inspired by the tremendous accomplishments of our athletes and the dedication and devotion of our volunteers.
Thank you for being a part of the Achilles family.


Go Achilles!
A Message from the President
Dick Traum

A couple of weeks ago, we received a call from CNN with the exciting news that I was selected to be a CNN Hero semi-finalist. The idea of this program is to identify "everyday people who make a difference." The contest receives over 10,000 entries. I wasn't aware of even being nominated. Four camera shoots and a week later, CNN aired a great video and wrote a terrific article. It was some of the best media coverage Achilles has ever received. The video highlighted what I believe makes Achilles successful. Read more...

New York City Chapter News
Paratriathlon National Championships

On May 28 Achilles made history when eight athletes, three guides, and two support staff travelled to Austin, Texas to compete in the Para-triathlon National Championships. With over sixty contenders, it was the most competitive and deepest field of para-athletes ever assembled in a National para-triathlon. Achilles proudly fielded eight fierce competitors: Diane Berberian, Lamar Brown, Geoffrey Kennedy, William Lister, Rafael Oliver, Joe Paschall, Benjamin Simmons, and Daniel Tratt.  Read more ....

Achilles Chapter Update
Philly Achilles Chapter

Philly Achilles! On September 15 Melissa Wilcox, president of the Philly chapter welcomed Jeff McGinnis of the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports, Ellie Cox, and spirited volunteer and athlete members for the chapter's inaugural workout. The PA Center for Adapted Sports and Philly Achilles formed a partnership to establish a well-rounded offering for disabled athletes in the Philly area. Twice weekly Achilles workouts are: Saturday at 9:00 am at 1601 Chestnut St. and Tuesday at 6:00 pm at Philadelphia Runner, 1601 Sansom St. RSVP to to say you'll be there! 

Freedom Team
Jon Stewart w Freedom Team member at Hope & Possibility

This year 36 wounded servicemen from Walter Reed joined us for another amazing Hope and Possibility weekend. Escorted by the Nam Knights and the NYPD, the team arrived traveling in a complimentary Yankee Bus. Loud cheers could be heard blocks away as bystanders and supporters anxiously awaited their arrival to the Union League Club. U-Haul welcomed the group with a pizza party at the Club. That evening the NY Mets provided 100 complimentary tickets to the coveted Subway Series game and honored this team of heroes during a segment on their jumbo-tron. Read more ....

Achilles Kids - Kids Korner
Achilles Kids Central Park Training Run

Achilles Kids Weekend Program has been working harder than ever over the spring and summer. JCC workouts continued throughout the summer with kids and volunteers enjoying some fun and creative themes, including Olympics, Beach Party, and "I Love New York." Our not-so-little ones began to complement our ongoing Jewish Community Center workouts with training sessions in Central Park. From March through June our kids impressed everyone - their parents, teachers, volunteers, and even themselves - by sticking with a rigorous training schedule and working their way up from one to three laps of the bridle path in Central Park. Their times got faster and their competitive fire burned bright. After hundreds of hours of training, 13 Achilles Kids completed the five mile course and 13 conquered the 1.7 mile loop. Read more .....

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