Challenged Athletes Foundation Raises More Than $800,000 to Empower Next Generation

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Left to Right: Charles Scheinbum, David Schwartz, Garnett Silver-Hall, Lotte Toftdahl, Ryan Goldman

Garnett Silver-Hall’s journey to adaptive athletics started when he was around 10 years old. Born with arthrogryposis, he started out playing sled hockey and then became a multi-sport athlete in wheelchair basketball and WCMX.

Throughout high school, his wheelchair basketball team placed seventh in the country, his sled hockey team won a national championship and he won the World Championship title for WCMX. He currently plays wheelchair basketball at the University of Arizona.

Silver-Hall was the featured athlete at this year’s Celebration of Heart event hosted by the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF, San Diego, CA).

This year’s event was held on May 31 at Pier 27 in San Francisco, CA. At the event, CAF raised more than $800,000 to empower the next generation of athletes with physical disabilities.

The event united the Bay Area community to celebrate local CAF athletes. More than 400 attendees across sports, technology, business and philanthropy embraced the event’s theme of “Power of Dreams” to empower more individuals with physical disabilities, according to the foundation.

San Francisco’s Pier 27 provided a setting for an evening of dining, dancing, connection and community. Attendees had the opportunity to meet athletes, learn their stories and feel their passion. More than 50 local athletes and their families took to the stage to share the positive impact CAF played in their athletic dreams, including Silver-Hall.

The event was led by Celebration of Heart Co-Chairs Kristin Roth DeClark, Karl Peterson, Allison Caccoma, Alan Shanken, Lotte Toftdahl and Ryan Goldman, who are all dedicated to philanthropy related to sports and the Bay Area.

“The benefits of participating in sports are endless. Empowering individual lives through CAF’s mission here in the Bay Area by providing grants and building programs that support athletes year-round is essential,” Roth DeClark said.

CAF also has partnerships with top-tier organizations such as the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Giants. The Olympic Club hosts adaptive golf clinic and Lake Tahoe serves as the venue for ski clinics. These partnerships aim to foster an inclusive and active lifestyle for individuals with physical disabilities throughout Northern California, according to the foundation.

Since 1994, CAF has raised $178 million and funded 48,000 grants to athletes of all ages and abilities in all 50 states and 73 countries.

For more information, visit www.challengedathletes.org.