Challenge Enterprises is excited to participate in the Gate River Run with The Ability Experience to help support athletes of ALL abilities! Our athletes are ready to stand for inclusion, break down stereotypes, and demonstrate that it takes all of our unique abilities to make a successful team. The Run for Inclusion is more than just a race, it is a moment in time where the Power of People creates the Possibility for Inclusion in our community. That is worth ringing a cowbell or two for!
This is our fourth year participating in the Run for Inclusion. In 2020, Challenge Enterprises and The Ability Experience started with four differently-abled athletes, twelve support athletes, and a small budget. Despite the restrictions and difficulties due to COVID, the 2021 Run for Inclusion included five differently-abled athletes, and eighteen support athletes, raised $10,000, and Dawn White from our local NBC/ABC affiliate helped to share this story of inclusion. The Run for Inclusion 2022 did not just grow in size but in opportunity. Logistically, the last two years were focused on 15K participation. In 2022, the opportunity opened to include 5K athletes. The 2022 team included sixteen differently-abled athletes, and twenty-four support athletes, and raised almost $16K. In addition, Challenge Enterprises Shipboard Logistic team member Jeremy Hebda completed the 15K Run in dedication to his father who had just recently passed away. The 2023 team is prepared to expand our experience to include the Challenge Mile along with the 15K and 5K races.
Team members from Challenge Enterprises and The Ability Experience are combining forces again to create a fundraising team to ensure the burden of participation is not a limiting factor to our differently able athletes. Funds raised will go to helping with the expense of competition at the Gate River Run and supporting other adaptive sports opportunities.
Special thanks to our community partners Florida Powertrain & Hydraulics, Inc., Raesemann Enterprises, and Kyle Pease Foundation.