The Big Payback is coming back, and we are participating!
The Big Payback, a community-wide, online giving day hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, returns on Wednesday, May 2rd, and Achilles International-Nashville is thrilled to be participating for the 2nd year in a row. Last year our organization received over $8,000.00 in donations during this day of giving.
The 2018 charitable event will help to support our programs, as well as, celebrate the good work of participating Middle Tennessee nonprofits, schools, and religious institutions. In the past several years, this region’s generosity was astonishing as our community rallied together to raise more than $6.75 million in 24 hours for nearly 800 area organizations.
How does The Big Payback work? Kicking off at midnight on Wednesday, May 2rd donors can donate online to The Big Payback participants located in or providing services to the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee. Your contributions to Achilles International-Nashville could be amplified by additional incentives, bonuses and prizes made possible by The Big Payback sponsors throughout the day. If you are going to give, this IS the day to do so!
For more information, please visit www.TheBigPayback.org and thank you in advance for considering donating to Achilles International-Nashville on this day of opportunity!
Robert Houser, photographer, with Facing Light Foundation captured the beauty and spirit of many visually impaired/ blind athletes including our Achilles Nashville team while at the California International Marathon and the United States Association of Blind Athletes National Championships in Sacramento in December 2017.
The Facing Light Foundation is a non-profit foundation established to draw attention through photographs to the humanistic side of those facing some of life’s greatest challenges.
Facing Chemo was the first project of the Facing Light Foundation. The Foundation uses art as a medium to tell a story. The viewer is both moved and immersed in the experience.
“If an image can speak a thousand words, how does it feel to be in a room full of larger than life portraits of individuals, individuals with a story to tell?”
Visit his website for more on his projects and where his exhibits (e.g., “Facing Chemo” Facing Aging”) will be.
It was a fun project to be a part of and he captured our group beautifully!
February 17th– Hot Chocolate 5k/15k Location: Bicentennial Mall State Park Time: 7:00 am
March 3rd– Tom King Classic 5k/Half Marathon Location: Nissan Stadium Time: 7:55 wheelchair start, 8:00 half marathon start, 8:15 5k start
April 7th– Race Judicata 5k/10k*, Location: Edwin Warner Park Time: 8:00am
*Achilles is a beneficiary for the race
April 16th– Boston Marathon
April 28th– St. Jude’s Rock ‘N’ Roll, 5k/half/full marathon Location: 8th Ave & Broadway Time: 7:15 marathon and half marathon start, 6:45 5k start
I am so excited to share the news that our Achilles Nashville Chapter will be hosting a mini training program for our Friends at Friends Life (FL) this spring. Several of our Board members and some of the wonderful volunteers we had at the fall Friends Life trainings are committed to this mini training. Our friend, Vickie, at Sevier Park, has the dates on the community center calendar.
Achilles Nashville is the beneficiary (along with ABLE Youth) for the Race Judicata that is held in the spring. We would like our training with Friends Life to culminate with this event. This year the RJ will be on Saturday, April 7th. The race is sponsored by the Nashville Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division.
It has a start time around 8:00, a little earlier for athletes who use a wheelchair or handcycle. The start and finish are at a pavilion at Edwin Warner Park and there is a 5k or a 10k race, both which are entirely on a safe and well paved Greenway. It’s a beautiful, fun-filled event. Achilles Nashville will support our Friends registration for any of the Friends that train and want to participate in this race. We will also provide guides for all the Friends for practices and for the race.
We are meeting at Sevier Park on Friday afternoons 12:45-1:45. As was the case with our last training, Achilles will supply all the volunteers, the snacks, Gatorade, etc. There are a few dates that Sevier Park is not available so we will go to our Friends at their center on Granny White Pike on those days.
So here are the dates we will meet! We would love to have your smiling faces to come and volunteer!
Saturday April 7, Race Judicata, 8 a.m. Edwin Warner Park (entry covered by Achilles for Friends)
We would also love, love, love and totally welcome if our Friends and any volunteers could make any Wednesday practices. Those are 6:30 – 7:30 ish at McCabe’s Community Center.
Let us know if you are interested for one, a couple, or all of the training sessions by going to the Contact Us page ! Achilles LOVES Friends Life and all of you all!
Achilles Nashville follows USATF guidelines for working with youth. Athletes under the age of 18 must have a certified coach as a guide or with their team.
Before the run:
Make sure to communicate with your athlete before the run begins. The two of you can discuss strategies for how to make the run go as smoothly as possible. Some things you can ask your athlete are:
During the run:
Make sure to encourage your athlete to do their best, but don’t push harder than they are able to go! Don’t set the pace unless they ask you to, run at your athlete’s natural pace.
After the run:
Help your athlete get water and snacks when they are available.
Talk to your athlete about how the run went, and if any changes would be helpful for next time. Make sure your athlete is safe before you leave (e.g., with group, at community center, has ride).
Below are levels of VI:
Class B1: No light perception in either eye, and inability to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.
Class B2: From ability to recognize the shape of a hand up to visual acuity of 20/600 and/or a visual field of less than 5 degrees in the best eye with the best practical eye correction.
Class B3: From visual acuity above 20/600 and up to visual acuity of 20/200 and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees and more than 5 degrees in the best eye with the best practical eye correction.
What does this mean for guiding?
Depending on your athlete’s level of vision, they may prefer different styles of guiding. Some athletes will want to use a tether, some will want to use an arm lock, and some may feel comfortable simply running beside you. Make sure to communicate with your athlete before your run, and ask them what their preferred style of guidance is.
General Tips for Guiding a VI/ Blind Athlete
For More Info Visit our Tips for Guiding a Visually Impaired (VI)/ Blind Athlete)
This category of disabilities includes athletes who are ambulatory (walks), but still have a physical disability that makes running on their own challenging. This may include any number of reasons, including a prosthetic limb, or difficulty with motor function that is aided by canes, crutches, or walkers.
It also includes those athletes who are not able to utilize their legs for running or walking due to a disability or condition such as, but not limited to spina bifida, spinal cord injury, or cerebral palsy. These athletes might choose to use a handcycle, a wheelchair (racing chair or regular manual chair), or an adapted trike for running.
General Tips for Guiding an Athlete with a Physical Disability:
A wheelchair is completely self-propelled by the user pushing forward on the wheels.
General tips for guiding a wheelchair athlete:
A handcycle is a three-wheeled cycle with gears that is propelled by the arms rather than the legs, often used by athletes who have more function in their arms than legs.
General tips for guiding a handcycle athlete
An intellectual disability is characterized by limitations both in intellectual functioning (reasoning, learning, problem solving) and in adaptive behavior, which covers a range of everyday social and practical skills.
General Tips for Guiding an Athlete with an Intellectual Disability
Hearing impairment, or hearing loss, occurs when you lose part or all of your ability to hear. Other terms that are used to refer to hearing impairment are deaf and hard of hearing. Hearing impairment can be classified as mild, moderate, severe or profound.
General Tips for Guiding an Athlete with a Hearing Impairment
A disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.
What does it mean for guiding?
Make sure to listen and communicate with your athlete about his or her needs while running. Make sure they are staying hydrated, and check in with them about how they are feeling. If your athlete is not feeling well, it’s better to cut the run short and get back to safety.
A respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing.
What does it mean for guiding?
Ask your athlete if they have an inhaler that they typically take on runs. Make sure to communicate with them about how they are feeling throughout the run, and adjust your paces as necessary.