Tony Grossi was recognized at the annual RRCA Awards. He was selected as the 2017 Road Runner of the Year in the Challenged Athlete category by the Road Runners Club of America. These awards are amongst the top awards in the running world. He was in a category that included:
ROAD RUNNERS OF THE YEAR
GALEN RUPP, Open Male
SHALANE FLANAGAN, Open Female
ABDI ABDIRAHMAN, Male Master
KATHRINE SWITZER, Female Master
TONY GROSSI – CHALLENGED ATHLETE – Chattanooga Track Club
Tony was also featured on the Boston Marathon’s Instagram account wearing his Achilles shirt no less!
Hooray to our very own Hannah Anderson, a former Achilles International-Nashville athlete, who recently moved from Nashville to Greenville, SC. Once there, she started an Achilles Greenville Chapter and now serves as the Director. Our Nashville Chapter is a bit proud of her and her new role and wish her all the luck! Go Achilles Greenville!
Below is Hannah’s announcement on Facebook and Instagram about her new role:
I’ll never forget the very first time I placed in a road race and heard my name announced at the awards… “And now, for 3rd place overall female in the 10K, Hannah Anderson, athlete with Achilles International.”
It wasn’t a particularly noteworthy race or finishing time, but I was filled with a sense of accomplishment and absolutely, totally stunned.
As a person with a disability, ‘athlete’ isn’t a word you ever expect to hear about yourself. Most of us assume that athletic achievement is reserved only for the gifted able-bodied, but joining Achilles proved all of my assumptions – about myself and others – totally wrong. At Achilles, I discovered my true capabilities, found a passion for running and racing, and became part of a community of incredible, hard-working runners, from sprinters to ultramarathoners. Achilles is like another family to me, which is why I’m
thrilled to announce that I’ve been officially named the Director of Achilles International’s newest US chapter right here in Greenville, SC! Achilles is founded on the simple principle that everyone should have the chance to get out, run, and compete in mainstream events regardless of their age, ability, or medical/adaptive needs. At Achilles, we define running as any kind of forward motion, whether that’s independent running, running with a guide, wheeling in a wheelchair, or handcycling. If you love to run, think you might want to start, or know anyone (with or without a disability) who wants to get out and run, you are invited to learn more about the Achilles family!
You can contact Hannah or email firstname.lastname@example.org. and don’t forget to like the Insta and Facebook @achillesgvl
Dear Achilles Athletes, Guides, Volunteers, and Friends
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news we learned this morning (March 25, 2018) that our fellow board member, Peter Pressman, passed away. According to the Nashville Striders post on their Facebook page this morning that was informing the community of Peter’s passing, they indicated that he had an apparent heart attack. It seems he was to go on a run with the group this morning and their post stated he died prior to the scheduled run.
As you all know Peter has been a HUGE presence at Achilles over the years. In fact, he was one of the first folks to answer the call to assistance when Sarah Hart began thinking about starting this chapter and reached out to some folks in the community. Peter has been right by our sides ever since, as an active board member, as an event management representative, as a guide, a mentor, and a friend to ALL. I honestly cannot imagine our running community without Peter in it.
Our Achilles Nashville family would like to share our deepest sympathy with his wife, and also to the Nashville Striders as well. We should all keep Peter in mind during races and “finish upright and smiling” (Peter’s quote after every race he finished). He was deeply loved in our running community and in our organization. He will leave a void in our hearts and “soles”!
Amy & Lizzy
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!