The proceeds of the event will support current and future paratriathletes with adaptive sports programming
CHICAGO, IL – Dare2tri announces a fundraising success of over $200,000 during its Victory Lap celebration. With inspirational speakers, live music, and more, the Tokyo Games homecoming event honored its club Paralympians and the new milestones achieved, including equal pay for Paralympic medalists. The proceeds of the fundraiser will provide programs, resources, equipment, and funding for athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments. With the future of para athletics not determinant on age, the Victory Lap donations will cultivate even more life-changing opportunities for the disability community.
The Victory Lap event took place on October 3rd at On Tour Brewing Company in Chicago, and honored Dare2tri Elite team members from past and present including:
- Melissa Stockwell – 2020 U.S. Paralympian (triathlon), Dare2tri Co-Founder
- Hailey Danz – 2020 U.S. Paralympic silver medalist (triathlon)
- Grace Norman – 2020 U.S. Paralympic silver medalist (triathlon)
- Ahalya Lettenberger – 2020 U.S. Paralympic silver medalist (swimming)
The event also honored Dare2tri supporter Kevin McDowell – 2020 U.S. Olympic silver medalist (triathlon mixed relay).
“The success of the Paralympic Games and celebrating our Paralympians is a major catalyst for change in the disability community,” said Keri Serota, co-founder & executive director at Dare2tri. “Events like Victory Lap create the awareness needed to elevate para-athletes with increased support while inspiring the next generation Paralympic hopefuls.”
Dare2tri is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments by building confidence, community, health and wellness through swimming, biking and running. A leader in the paratriathlon community, Dare2tri provides adaptive training for youth, adults, and injured service members, from the novice to elite level. Since 2011, Dare2tri has helped thousands cross the finish line by eliminating barriers to high-priced equipment, transportation, and coaching. The organization is based in Chicago, Ill., but its community of athletes spans nationwide.