We act as advocates for differently-abled individuals by promoting their inclusion in activities that they often are excluded from. We typically accomplish this through helping them compete in triathlons.
Our mission is simple: We help those that are often treated differently because of their physical disabilities. We promote these individuals in our community and also include them in opportunities that mainstream society does not. Our motto is, “We all have disabilities; however, some people’s are not physical”. It is not right to treat differently-abled people as outcasts because their disabilities are visible. We are part of a movement that is larger than any one person, but we feel it needs to start somewhere. We hope to leave an imprint on society that encourages all to treat differently-abled individuals as people, because that’s what they are.
Care2Tri began because I always felt as though I was an underdog and I wanted to help others that were also treated the same way. Many of the people that I have had the privilege of meeting and racing with often are treated as outcasts and as different. I am a firm believer that all people have disabilities. However, society feels it’s ok to look differently at those with an obvious physical disability. I learned early on that the differently-abled people are in fact that, people. They have feelings and thoughts and great insight that they can share. The problem is that many people do not listen and do not take the time to get to know these people. It is my undying mission to create a sense of equality and help steer the views of mainstream society to one of acceptance and inclusion.
Care 2 Tri has taken part in over 60 races in the last three years and teamed up with over 50 disabled athletes. We have also created Living Beyond Me, a program where in which a number of applicants are selected to work towards improving their mind, body, and spirit through physical betterment and volunteer work for the Cerebral Palsy Center.