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2016

YEAR IN REVIEW

ONE INSPIRES MANY


THANK YOU FOR MAKING 2016 A SUCCESS

It has been an eventful year for Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club, from record-breaking attendance at our clinics and camps to new local and national organizational partners to first-time Paralympic medalists, Dare2tri is proud of all we have accomplished in our sixth season! In our first year, Dare2tri served 40 athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments; in 2016, Dare2tri served over 300 athletes, a 650% increase over six years. We would not have been able to impact the lives of athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments without our loyal volunteers, dedicated donors, and generous sponsors - thank you for contributing your time, talents and dollars.

2016 SPONSORS

2016 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Thank you to our generous donors for supporting Dare2tri and its programs with an annual gift of $10,000 and above: Litowitz Family Foundation, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, Deloitte, Kirkland & Ellis, BTIG, EY, The Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, Muller Auto Group, Nielsen Foundation, USA Paratriathlon.

One Inspires Many Award: Chicago Triathlon Club Volunteer of the Year: O’Neil Family Inspiring Many Camp Award: James Gilliard, James Tabares, & Brendan Quinn Evening2Inspire Honoree: Alec Litowitz


2016 SEASON RECAP The 2016 season was full of inspiration as athletes of all levels and ages accomplished goals and crossed countless finish lines.

40,000

dollars granted to 15 competitive & elite level athletes for equipment, coaching & race travel assistance.

19

athletes competed in the 2016 Paratriathlon National Championships.

300+ 31 23

program hours provided to Dare2tri athletes.

distinct athletes served.

National & World Championship titles since 2013. members on the Elite & Development Teams.

5,200+

120+

athletes participated in Dare2tri camps and clinics.

youth athletes served

100+

new athletes served military athletes served

RIO PARALYMPIC GAMES Dare2tri’s Hailey Danisewicz, Grace Norman, Krige Schabort, and Melissa Stockwell raced in the debut of Paratriathlon at the Paralympics. Dare2tri athletes earned 75% of Team USA’s medals.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS INJURED MILITARY CAMP June 4-5 @ Hammond, IN 17 athletes served 18 volunteers assisted 42% athletes new to Dare2tri Paratriathlon and Dare2tri have provided the motivation and opportunity to get into the best shape of my life and represent my country again. The three disciplines of Paratriathlon provide variety in workouts to keep training from ever going stale. - Andre Cilliers Dare2tri Elite Team member, injured veteran

PARATRIATHLON TRAINING CAMP June 10-12 @ Pleasant Prairie, WI 46 athletes served 81 volunteers assisted It was a true joy to meet everyone, and I hope to stay in contact with my new friends and mentors. It is becoming increasingly clear training is important to my well-being, not just fitness wise, but generally it makes me a better person. - Susan Wentzy First-time Dare2tri Camp participant

KIDS PARATRIATHLON TRAINING CAMP July 26-27 @ Chicago, IL 44 athletes served 39 volunteers assisted I loved the whole experience! The kids were inspiring and the volunteers made us feel like part of a family, a very strong family. - Owen Cravens First-time Dare2tri Kids Camp participant


INSPIRE MANY WITH A GIFT doing a triathlon felt like the world’s biggest undertaking. But there was something about it that felt so right.

Inspire an athlete by making a gift today. Your support will help more athletes like Hailey Danisewicz chase their dreams. If someone would have told the 20year old version of myself that within the next five years I would become a) a triathlete, b) a Paralympian and c) a silver medalist, I would have been incredulous. That was before I found Dare2tri. Five years ago, I was an insecure college student trying to find myself. I had lost my leg to bone cancer six years earlier and was feeling alone and aimless. Along with my leg, I had lost my purpose. Dare2tri opened up my world. I met Dare2tri co-founder Keri Serota while I was interviewing for an internship in 2011. She persuaded me to sign up for my first triathlon. With no background in swimming, biking, or running,

Before I knew it, all my fears about participating in sports again began to dissolve. Dare2tri connected me with people to make my athletic prosthetics, provided me with a bike, and made me become part of a team. Learning how to run again was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I wasn’t sure it was even possible. But, thanks to Dare2tri and the teammates, volunteers, coaches and friends, I felt motivated, inspired and alive again. Dare2tri is about so much more than triathlons. It’s about empowering individuals to be confident in all areas of their lives. Dare2tri taught me to stop viewing my disability as something to be ashamed of, but rather embrace it as one of the most beautiful pieces of me. I am forever grateful for all of the ways that Dare2tri has shaped my life, and continue to be inspired by the number of lives that this incredible organization touches. - Hailey Danisewicz One Inspires Many. Be the One.


A SEASON OF MEMORIES

2017 SAVE THE DATES February 11: Play for All @ Chicago Children’s Museum February 25: Multisport Clinic @ Highland Park, IL April 22: Start the Season @ Chicago, IL June 2-4: Injured Military Camp @ Hammond, IN

June 9-11: Paratriathlon Training Camp @ Pleasant Prairie, WI July 11-12: Kids Paratriathlon Training Camp @ 63rd Street Beach in Chicago, IL Fall 2017: Evening2Inspire @ Chicago, IL

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2016 Year in Review