Chaeli Foundation USA

The Chaeli Foundation is a social justice foundation founded in June 2017 through the collaboration of like-minded ability activists whose common goal is to grow more inclusive and empowered communities through the inclusion of children, youth and adults with disabilities. The Chaeli Foundation works in partnership with The Chaeli Campaign (locally, nationally and globally) to advocate for communities that grow capacity, empower and provide opportunities for people with disabilities to implement meaningful societal change.

Chaeli Mycroft and Jean Altomari, both adaptive sports pioneers, met through making history in becoming the first wheelchair athletes to finish the iconic Comrades Marathon. Establishing the Chaeli Foundation USA was a spin-off of their adaptive athletic endeavours to change the face of ultra-marathon road racing in South Africa.

Chaeli Mycroft becomes the first adaptive (assisted wheelchair) athlete to finish the Comrades Marathon (2016) and get a back-to-back medal in 96 years of this event (2017).
Jean Altomari becomes the first adaptive (self-propelled) wheelchair athlete to complete the Comrades Marathon in 96-year history of this event on 4 June 2017.

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