SKLZ is proud to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation and it's mission of helping people with physical challenges get involved, and stay involved, in sports. As we embark on the final weeks leading up to the Million Dollar Challenge, SKLZ will be featuring a CAF athlete of the week. Meet this week's athlete Chris Self.
A 22 year United States Army veteran, Master Sergeant Chris Self is no stranger to extreme physical activity. In addition to the demands of the military, Chris competed regularly in triathlons, cycling events and marathons all while juggling three very active children.
In December, 2005, while on duty in Iraq, Chris sustained gunshot wounds that severed the sciatic nerve and paralyzed his right leg. Determined not to let his injury affect his mobility, Chris made the decision to have his paralyzed leg amputated. With the help of CAF's Operation Rebound and his own fortitude, Chris regained the active lifestyle he valued prior to his injury. Last year, Chris participated in CAF's Million Dollar Challenge on a tandem bike with a fellow injured soldier, Gil Magallanes. They became the first military tandem team to complete the ride. This year, Chris will attempt the Challenge again on a single bike; it will be his third 620-mile ride down the coast. Chris leads by example, highlighting what he and other injured troops are capable of when given the opportunity.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges get involved, and stay involved, in sports. Headquartered in San Diego with regional chapters, CAF provides unparalleled sports opportunities, hope, education, and inspiration enabling physically challenged individuals to live active lifestyles.
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